1998-99 Mary Baldwin University Art, Music & Theatre Season

September 19, 1998

The 1998-99 Mary Baldwin University art, music and theatre season is underway with an exhibit of sculpture and mixed-media works by Barbara MacCallum. Her exhibit continues through September 25 in Lyda B. Hunt Gallery. Exhibits to follow include prints and drawings by Charles Ritchie, (opens October 5), new paintings by Andras Bality (opens November 9), Pat Beachley’s sculpture (opens January 11), a dual show of mixed media by John Deeds and Danny Drotos’s paintings and drawings (opens February 8), and ceramics by Barbara Hill shown with Julia Pfaff’s quilts (opens March 15).

The gallery season concludes with the annual juried Mary Baldwin student show (opens April 5) and Senior Exhibitions April 27 through May 23. The opening receptions begin at 4:30 p.m. in Lyda B. Hunt Gallery. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Mary Baldwin University Carl Broman Concert season, which opened September 15 with french hornist Eric Ruske, continues with the Elsner Quartet on October 22. Other performances include baritone, Stefan Loges on November 17, Naoko Shimizu on viola on January 29, and pianist Alexander Mikhailuk on February 23. The concert season concludes on March 17 with the Orpheus Quartet. Season tickets are available at $32.00 per person for adults and $24.00 per person for students and senior citizens. Concerts are held in Francis Auditorium and begin at 8:00 p.m.

The Mary Baldwin University theatre season opens Wednesday, September 30 with Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Directed by Terry Southerington, this is a classic British comedy with fun and confusion, mistaken identities, multiple doors, and “those bloody sardines.” The play closes Sunday, October 4.

The theatre season continues on November 18-22 with A Dream Play by August and directed by Frank Southerington, who also translated the play from Swedish. Strindberg’s favorite among his plays, A Dream Play is still an adventurous step in modern theatre, a blend of tragedy and comedy, the realistic and the irrational.

February 5-7 and 10-14, the Mary Baldwin University theatre features Cowardy Custard, a show devised by Gerald Frow, Allen Strachan and Wendy Toye. Directed by Jennifer Kirkland, this is a kaleidoscopic, innovative glimpse of Noel Coward’s works, music and sketches.

The March 24-28 play, Engaged by W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan, is about as crooked as they come with more couples than Shakespeare and more switches than an 18th-century farce. Virginia Francisco will be directing this play.

The final show of the theatre season will run from May 12 through May 16 and consists of several student directed one-act plays with a variety of moods and styles. Titles of the different plays to be announced.

All plays are held in the Fletcher Collins Theatre and show begin at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Season tickets to the Mary Baldwin theatre are available to adults for $20.00 per person and to students and senior citizens for $10.00 per person. Tickets for individual shows are $6.00 per person for adults and $4.00 per person for students and senior citizens. Please call 887-7189 for more information or to reserve theatre tickets.

Mary Baldwin University, founded in 1842, is a four-year, liberal arts college primarily for women located in Staunton, Virginia. (Men are admitted as students in the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs.) Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or B.S. in 32 majors as well as the M.A.T. degree. The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was also the first women’s college 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.