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Children’s Theatre Series Closes with ‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’

hairy man 300BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (12/3/13) - WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance closes its 2013 season this weekend (Dec. 6-8) with Wiley and the Hairy Man, a show designed to teach children about facing their fears.

Show times are 4 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Lab Theatre of Gordon Wilson Hall on the WKU campus. All tickets are $5 and are available online at wku.showare.com.

Wiley and the Hairy Man has been seen by several thousand people this fall as it toured schools and libraries in south central Kentucky carrying a message about bravery.

“It is a great example of what you can do if you have the courage to overcome your fears and don’t let them paralyze you,” said director Andrew Mertz, a senior from Louisville.

At most locations, WKU students also performed a drama workshop after the show which schools used to help with their arts and humanities curriculum.

The show has been presented at Metcalfe County Intermediate, Greenville Elementary, Cumberland Trace Elementary, North Jackson Elementary, Grayson County Public Library (for Caneyville Elementary), Caverna Elementary, Jody Richards Elementary, Plano Elementary, Logan County Public Library, Hiseville Elementary and Cub Run Elementary.

Cast members are Eric Schmidt, a senior from Powderly; Samya Monem, a junior from Louis-ville; Caleb Pless, a junior from Brentwood, Tenn.; Bo Vaughn, a sophomore from Nashville, Tenn.; Megan Gibbs, a freshman from Bowling Green; Kirsten Kellersberger, a sophomore from Salvisa; and Austin Brannin, a freshman from Louisville.

About WKU Theatre and Dance
More than 15,000 people were entertained by the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance last year. The department presents more than 20 productions every year including four Mainstage productions, two Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress.

Shows for the spring 2014 semester include The Dance Project, Feb. 14-15; Curtains-The Who-Dunit Musical, Feb. 28-March 2; and Evening of Dance, April 24-28.

Tickets for WKU productions are available online at http://wku.showare.com or by calling the box office at (270) 745-3121.

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