Classic comedy 'The Learned Ladies' to be performed at WSU
Wichita State University’s School of Performing Arts presents Moliere’s classic comedy of manners, “The Learned Ladies,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10-Saturday, Oct. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in Wilner Auditorium.
General admission is $10, $8 for military, seniors, faculty and staff, $6 for students and free for Wichita State students with ID.
“The Learned Ladies” satirizes the intellectual and artistic pomposity that has transformed a well-to-do’s household. The play tells the story of two young lovers, Clitandre and Henriette, whose hoped-for marriage is hindered by Henriette's mother, aunt and sister.
These self-styled learned ladies, who proclaim a false sense of “intellectuality,” have been enthralled by Trissotin, a self-professing scholar and mediocre poet. The ladies want Henriette to marry this confidence trickster instead of the straightforward and handsome Clitandre.
The show is directed by Bret Jones, program director of theater at Wichita State. Theater performance student J. Bailey Burcham is assistant director for the production.
The cast includes Rachel Curtiss, Trevor Comstock, Steffan Rowe, Robert Thomas, Kyle Dilley, Sheena Monroe, Megan Gill, Ashley Parton, Michael Allen, Alex Castaneda, Rian Helgason and Allison Williams.
Guest artist alumna Madelynn Nevins is stage manager and theater student Melanie Calvery is assistant stage manager.
Wichita State theater students designing include Shelby Clemens, Emmy Guiltner, Sandy Cabrera and Chelsey Erskin. Faculty designers are associate professors Ed Baker and David Neville.
Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Box Office from noon-5 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of Duerksen Fine Arts Center at Wichita State. Contact the box office at 316-978-3233, or purchase tickets online.
Students with ID can get tickets for free at the box office.