HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 7, 2019 – An upcoming show by High Point University’s Department of Theatre and Dance explores the ways in which a tragic event affects our lives and the lives of those around us.
HPU will present “The Great God Pan” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23, at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27 in the Empty Space Theatre on campus.
The show is open to the public, and complimentary tickets can be reserved at http://www.highpoint.edu/theatre. The play includes mature content and is not intended for young children.
Called “unsettling and deeply compassionate” by The Playwright’s Horizon Theatre at its premiere in 2012, “The Great God Pan” centers on an encounter between two childhood friends who have not seen each other for more than 25 years. When one reveals a hidden secret from the past, the well-ordered world of the other begins to unravel and his life will never be the same again. The show explores the questions of what is lost and what is won when we are exposed to potentially life-changing truths.
“This show was selected to provide our students with a challenging acting experience,” says Doug Brown, associate professor and interim department chair. “The emotional depth required of our actors to connect with the characters and honestly portray this powerful story will be intense and demanding.”
Brown, who is directing the play, says students are playing all roles, even though many of the characters are older. The show runs about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The cast members are senior Sean Wrinkle playing Jamie; junior Steffen Haugsted playing Frank; junior Abigail Hackenberg playing Paige; senior Emma Dimalo playing Cathy; sophomore Dan McGee playing Doug; junior Olivia Leenhouts playing Joelle; and freshman Becca Korn playing Polly.
The stage manager is freshman Dani Milanette. HPU faculty Gay Hensley (costume design), Matthew Emerson (set and sound design), Liz Stewart (lighting design) and Russell Hill (technical director) are also supporting the show.