WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College’s theater department will open its 2014-2015 season as a part of the college’s upcoming Homecoming/Parents Day festivities. The fall production, “Charley’s Aunt,” written by Brandon Thomas, will be staged Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1.
“Charley’s Aunt” is about two college men from Yale during the early 1900s, according to Melinda Williams, head of the theater program and director of the production. The students want to invite two ladies to lunch, but cannot without a chaperone.
“One of the young men, Charley, has an aunt visiting from Brazil, but she telegraphs to say she has been delayed,” explained Williams. “It just so happens the young men have a friend who is appearing in a theatrical production as a women so he ‘agrees’ to dress up as Charley’s aunt to chaperone the date. But, of course, all kinds of chaos occurs, especially when the real aunt shows up.”
In the spring, Williams’ theater department will produce Jules Tasca’s “Women in Congress,” which is an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Greek comedy “Women in Power.” Even though the spring play is also a comedy, the director explained it is different than the fall production.
“It is a comedy, but less physical and more intellectual,” noted the director.
“Charley’s Aunt” is one of the many activities scheduled for Williams’ Homecoming. The production will be held in Williams’ Old Chapel. It will begin at 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, and it will start at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. Admission is $1 for students and senior citizens and $3 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door.