Mary Baldwin Professor’s Film to Debut

April 27, 1998

STAUNTON — A movie filmed entirely in Staunton will receive its first showings on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Francis Auditorium of Mary Baldwin University. Francis Auditorium is located in the Pearce Science Center at the intersection of Coalter and Frederick streets.

‘Boys on the Bridge’ was written and produced by Mary Baldwin sociology professor John Wells, and was directed by WVIR newsman Gary Smith. The film was shot in several locations, including the iron bridge that connects the Wharf’s Staunton Station with Sears Hill, Luigi’s, the Holiday Inn and Heavenly Bake Shop.

Wells said ‘Boys on the Bridge’ is the story of a struggling rock band trying to make it out of a small southern town.

The leading roles are portrayed by Emily Baron – a freshman in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) at Mary Baldwin – and Washington and Lee University theater major Wes Armstrong.

Other members of the cast include Mary Baldwin professors Frank Southerington and Dave Cary, Mary Baldwin students Connie Saunders and Emily Trott, and local residents William Lott, Eddie Coleman, Bryan Demory, Patrick DiFlorio and Nancy Kiracofe.

Musical arrangements for the film were provided by Lott, and vocals were performed by Kelly May of ‘Shake.’

Admission for the film is $3.

Mary Baldwin University, founded in 1842, is a four-year liberal arts women’s college, located in Staunton, VA. The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, Mary Baldwin was the first women’s college in the United States to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. the college also has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.