October 2, 2013
Alice Lloyd College will present the 2013-14 company and season for The ALC Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Players under the direction of Megan Burnett, assistant professor of speech and theater. The Caudill Players is a company of six actors who tour one-act plays to schools and community groups in southeastern Kentucky and beyond free of charge.
Kicking off their sixth year will be two new productions, “Classics on the Move” and “ALC: A Light Unto the Mountains.” The company consists of six work-study students. This year’s company includes: Katie Smith and Kayla Hall, both seniors, Jackson Driskill, a junior, and Drake Grizzell, Matthew Hicks and Christi Rose, freshmen.
“Our mission is to bring an educational theatre experience to area schools as an arm of the ALC Admissions office. We also present our plays as community outreach from the college to organizations in our area. We offer these plays free as they are a service from Alice Lloyd College,” said Burnett in a recent interview.
“Classics on the Move,” adapted by Megan Burnett, is a 45-minute play made up of scenes and stories from some of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays and Edgar Allen Poe’s most macabre stories. Love and hate, comedy and tragedy, dancing and sword fighting all find their place on the stage when these six actors bring to life scenes from Julius Ceasar, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masque of the Red Death, and Casque of Amontillado. The production is suitable for 12 years and up.
“Alice Lloyd College: A Light Unto the Mountains,” written by Megan Burnett and devised by the company, is a 20 minute production telling the story of Alice Geddes Lloyd and the college named in her honor from the archives, transcripts and stories told by alumni and current students. Through stories, letters, TV shows and diaries, this play shows why this college exists and why it continues to serve such a vital purpose in Appalachia. The production is suitable for all ages.
The Caudill Players are funded through an endowment fund created by Dr. Don Caudill to honor his parents, Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill. The company is also part of the work-study program on campus.
Any school or community organization may contact the Caudill Players to schedule performances. The company travels light and brings its own set, props and costumes. There is no charge for our productions, but the players accept any and all donations for the company’s support. Contact Katie Smith by email, at KA_Smith@alicelloyd.edu, for possible dates.