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Snow Play Begins Tomorrow
Dark of the Moon

September 30, 2008



Contact: Dr. Kim Christison
Phone: (435) 283-7480

“Dark of the Moon” Snow College’s first theater production of the school year

The Snow College Theater will present “Dark of the Moon” Oct. 1-4 in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. A cast of over 20 will perform in this rugged, 1920’s-era romance, coupling their dramatic talent with imaginative student-produced decorations and lighting.

Written by Howard Richardson and William Berney, the controversial stage play is a dramatic extension of the age-old “Ballad of Barbara Allen.” The mountains of Appalachia are set in uproar when the beautiful Barbara falls in love with a witch-boy named John. Superstition and misunderstanding catch the couple in a whirlwind of tragic events, fanning the flames of mob-incited intolerance.

The play is sure to encourage thought as much as it will entertain. A description by theater director Dr. Kim Christison tells that “Dark of the Moon” is “about the destructive consequences of fanaticism in any form that is born of ignorance and intolerance, particularly that kind of fanaticism that enlists the unwilling aid of deity in its self-serving crusade.”

Jessica Hegemeister leads the cast as Barbara, with Landon Newton as her companion John. The sophomore duo has performed previously together in other productions, including a pairing in high school for lead roles in the stage rendition of “Aladdin.”

Snow Professor Steve Peterson is reprising his role as comic character Uncle Smelicue. Young Peterson, then a student, played the guitar-strumming, yarn-spinning old man when Snow College last produced the play 18 years ago. The English teacher admitted last Thursday to a crowd of current students gathered for a dress rehearsal that he no longer has to wear stage makeup to pull-off the “aged” look.

The play is the first theater production of the 2008-2009 academic year. Music is also an important and frequent part of the play.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. The cost is $6.50 for adults; $6 for senior adults and younger students and $2 for Snow College students with their activity card. Due to the dark and adult thematic elements of the play, “Dark of the Moon” is not recommended for children under 12.