Bethany Theatre and Dance Program to Present Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salomé’

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Theatre is teaming up with the Dance Program to bring Oscar Wilde’s “Salomé” to life on the Wailes Theatre stage. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 4-7.

This fanciful production blends the lyricism of Wilde’s telling of the beheading of John the Baptist (Iokanaan) with Mediterranean dance and spectacle inspired by Aubrey Beardsley. A drunken Herod promises anything young Salomé desires if she will dance the sensual dance of the seven veils for him. Afterward, she demands the head of Iokanaan.

4111BethanyPlay.jpgThe play is being presented under the direction of Luke Hardt, Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. It is designed by Tracie Lynn Duncan, Assistant Professor of Theatre, with choreography by Cheryl Pompeo, Megan McShane and Chelsea Wright-Saus.

Bethany’s production of “Salomé” will feature the following cast:

Herod — Joey Albus, sophomore theatre major, Beallsville, Ohio; Iokanaan — Pat McGregor, sophomore theatre major, Westerville, Ohio; Young Syrian — Richard Oliver, freshman theatre major, Chester, W.Va.; Tigellinus — Shawn Holmes, sophomore theatre major, Weirton, W.Va.; Cappadocian — Andrew Ferguson, freshman theatre major, Brilliant, Ohio; Nubian — Azuree Brown, freshman music major, Chicago, Ill.; 1st Soldier — Darren Mills, freshman communication major, Salineville, Ohio; 2nd Soldier — Andy Masterson, freshman political science major, Manchester, N.H.; Naaman the Executioner — Markeit Kersey, freshman business administration major, Akron, Ohio; Page of Herodias — Morgan Davis, freshman theatre major, Augusta, W.Va.; Jews — Alex Tamsula, freshman theatre major, Elizabeth, Pa.; Richard Violet, sophomore international relations major, McMechen, W.Va.; Michael Bonaventura, junior business management major, Follansbee, W.Va.; Nazarenes — Alicia Jones, sophomore English major, Cleveland, Ohio; Lydia Lavin, senior theatre major, Jackson Heights, N.Y.; Herodias — Johnna Valenti, senior elementary education major, Avella, Pa.; Salomé — Valerie Flatley, sophomore interdisciplinary major, Wheeling, W.Va.; Slaves of Salomé/Dancers — Katie Horneffer, junior elementary education major, Reisterstown, Md.; Megan McShane, sophomore social work major, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Katy Reuning, senior communication major, Mars, Pa.; Mirriah Shook, sophomore environmental science major, Boyds, Md.; Leann Romitti, senior psychology major, Follansbee, W.Va.; Alyssa Simmons, senior physical therapy major, Wheeling, W.Va.; Bryanna Snyder, senior accounting major, Weirton, W.Va.; Brea Thrower, sophomore elementary education major, Saxonburg, Pa.; Chelsea Wright-Saus, junior social work major, Wheeling, W.Va.; Hannah Sweetser, freshman English major, Fairmont, W.Va.; Amber Yarnell, senior German/Spanish major, Wooster, Ohio

Tickets are $5 (free to Bethany community). Reservations can be made by calling 304.829.7124.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.