By Alan Smithee

A crabby old man, two beautiful young lovers, the Festival of Pan, and … a bucket? What do these things have to do with each other?

Well, they’re all key parts of The Grouch, currently playing at Wallman Theatre through April 27, 2013.

Directed and adapted by theatre professor Jeffrey Ingman, this Greek Comedy is loaded with sight gags, disco dancing, kung fu fighting, and laughs galore. Men playing women? Check. Women playing men? Check. Masks, colorful costumes, playful sets, joyful music, and festive lighting come together to complete this feast for the eyes, ears, and funnybone.

During a festival for the god Pan (Craig Birkmeyer), things can get a little crazy. And get crazy they do. Handsome Sostratos (James Wilson) falls in love with beautiful Filomena (Meri Titus), but her father is the terrifying grouch Knemon (Kurtis Dennison). Sostratos conspires with Filomena’s half-brother Gorgias (Rennes Carbaugh) and his servant Daos (Tyler Johnson) to win Filomena’s love and gain her father’s blessing.

Whirling together a dizzying mix of theatrical styles, Ingman has created a roller coaster ride of hilarious proportions. Commedia dell’Arte, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the Three Stooges, and a little bit of Bruce Lee are all packed into this 90-minute evening of laughs. How do they come together? Seamlessly. The world of The Grouch is delightfully cartoonish – a little silly, a little raunchy, and a whole lot of fun.

What will Sostratos do for love? Does he win Filomena’s heart? Does Knemon give his blessing to a marriage? Do the citizens of Phyle party down for Pan? Come to Wallman Theatre April 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 PM to find out. There are only a few nights left – don’t miss your chance!  Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at www.fairmontstate.edu/tickets.  Fairmont and Pierpont student are admitted for free.

FSUNow Stories

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Members of the Fairmont State University Collegiate Singers, Chamber Choir and Community Chorus spent four exciting days in New York City on March 27 through 31.  The group was led by Dr. Sam Spears, Fairmont State’s Director of Choral and Vocal Activities. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music will kick off its year-long Fairmont State Sesquicentennial Celebration at its Spring Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Colebank Hall.  

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for seniors (ages 65 and older) or faculty and staff; and free for all students. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FSU Box Office at (304) 367-4240 or at the door the night of the performance. A public reception precedes the concert at 7 p.m. in Colebank Hall.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

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