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2011 Faculty & Staff News

Longwood faculty and staff to appear in Waterworks Players’ production of "Chicago"

September 27, 2011

Longwood University

Several Longwood University faculty and staff, as well as students and alumni, are in the Waterworks Players' upcoming production of Chicago.

The cast and crew of the Tony Award-winning musical, which will be presented Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., includes faculty members Dr. Leigh Lunsford, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. Don Blaheta, assistant professor of computer science, and staff members Dr. Mary Jo Stockton, web technology coordinator in Web Communications; Linda Sauvé, administrative assistant in Capital Planning and Construction; and Carole Harper, accompanist in the Department of Music. Lunsford will play three roles (Liz, Kitty and Justice), Blaheta is helping build the sets, Stockton plays Mary Sunshine, Linda Sauvé, a 1985 Longwood graduate, is doing costumes, and Harper is the music director.

Students who are involved include freshman Tim Davis, sophomore Kathleen Lilly, and juniors Cheryl Hinterleitner, Brittany Vargas, Chad Ownby and Paul Clamp. Alumni participants include Marquis Mapp '09, Elizabeth Beckner Whiley '94, Andrea Bridge '02 and Anita Lynn '10. The production is directed by Dudley Sauvé, a former Longwood faculty member, who directs many productions by the Waterworks Players, a community theater in Farmville.

Davis is a chorus member, Lilly plays Matron "Mama" Morton, Hinterleitner is doing props, Vargas plays Mona and is a chorus member, Ownby plays two roles (Harrison and a reporter) and is a chorus member, and Clamp is helping with set construction. Mapp is choreographer, Whiley is working the spotlight, Bridge is playing two roles (Hunyak and a reporter), and Lynn (whose husband, Jay, works at Longwood) is playing Roxie Hart, one of two lead roles.

Chicago, which won six Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards, is set in the roaring 1920s and focuses on the trials of two female murderers that captivated the public's interest. It was eventually made into a musical and is perhaps best known for its choreography by the late Bob Fosse. Chicago's 1996 revival is the longest-running revival of any musical in Broadway history. In 2002, Chicago was released as a movie and won six Oscars, including Best Picture.

To purchase tickets ($15) or for more information, call 392-3452 or visit http://waterworksplayers.org/.