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WC Theatre to Present the Family Show 'Androcles and the Lion'

Ken Lydy Will Direct the Commedia Dell'arte Style Show

April 17, 2013

From the left, Susan Dicken as Androcles is captured by Zach Hughes as Pantalone and Ely Bolitho as the captain in Wilmington College Theatre's production of

From the left, Susan Dicken as Androcles is captured by Zach Hughes as Pantalone and Ely Bolitho as the captain in Wilmington College Theatre's production of "Androcles and the Lion," which runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., in Heiland Theatre.

Wilmington College Theatre will present its spring show, Androcles and the Lion, April 18, 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

The family friendly comedy is done in the commedia dell’arte style, which is a theatrical form characterized by a physical style, improvised dialogue and a cast of colorful stock characters. It emerged in northern Italy in the 15th century.

Kenneth Lydy, associate vice president for student affairs, is directing the show. He is a veteran of numerous Wilmington College productions dating back to his days as a WC student in the mid-1990s. He also directs the College’s ETC (Educational Theatre Company), which presents educational skits for student orientation programs.

The story, which is sometimes attributed to the fabulist, Aesop, dates back nearly 2,000 years. It finds the fugitive slave from ancient Rome, Androcles, in a cave face-to-face with a wounded lion. His heroic actions would have positive repercussions later in his life.

Cast in Androcles and the Lion are: Susan Dicken as Androcles, Zach Hughes as Pantalone, Ely Bolitho as Captain, Louis Williams as Lelio, Leah Phillips as Isabella, Ryan Macella as the lion and Kevin Wall as Zanni.

Tickets, which are $5 and free of charge for children under 12, are available from the Theatre Box Office weekdays, from 9 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., and by calling (937) 382-6661 ext. 267. Ticketholders can sit where they wish, as this show is not using reserved seating.

The cast for Androcles and the Lion are, from the left:  Leah Phillips as Isabella, Louis Williams as Lelio, Ryan Macella as the lion, Zach Hughes as Pantalone, Susan Dicken as Androcles (seated), Ely Bolitho as Captain and Kevin Wall as Zanni.

WC Theatre Presents "Androcles and the Lion"

Time: 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM
Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Location: Hugh G. Heiland Theatre
 

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