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  Fairmont and Pierpont student are admitted for free.

FSUNow Stories

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Department of Art attended the West Virginia Art Education Association conference in Morgantown in October. Faculty members Jeff Greenham and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune staffed a mobile vendor cart and student Ty Collins presented a painting session. Yerdon LeJeune presented shaped canvas and silk screen printing sessions. At the awards dinner, Kylie Ford won the WVAEA Student Achievement in Art Education Award and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune won the WVAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary “Miss Representation” addresses how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

A local screening of “Miss Representation” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the Fairmont State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening will be a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre.

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