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Sister Calling My Name

Sister Calling My Name Theatre Production

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September 22-24, 26-27, 2011
Theatre 151
by Buzz McLaughlin

Summary:
When Michael’s mentally disabled sister gets noticed for her amazing artistic talent, he finds he must face the past he has tried desperately to escape. As they reunite, he finds her care taker, Sister Anne, is his former sweetheart who rejected him because of a deeper passion for her faith. Michael must learn to accept the pain of the past to find redemption in the present. Filled with humor and heartfelt moments, this show is a riveting, lyrical exploration of love, longing and relationships. Directed by senior theatre major Dave Harris.

Sister Calling My Name Production

Director’s Notes:
- And when Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Mark 2:17) This sums up what I have seen in Sister Calling My Name. Michael hasn’t had the life that he wanted. He tried to reach out and do things on his own. I know that there have been several times in life where I have tried to do something my way and it failed. Sister Calling My Name involves Michael relinquishing his ideal life and embracing the beauty of what God has given him. He has been given a sister that loves him with all that she is. To me Lindsey is a picture of God’s everlasting, never failing love for us. A love that reaches out and calls us to Him. Every time I see this show I am reminded of how God pursues us with His love and I hope that as you watch, you also are reminded of God’s wonderful love for you. - Dave Harris

In Order of Apperance
Ethan Polson Michael Stouffer
Grace Varland* Lindsey Stouffer
Sarah Renick* Sister Anne Frances
Crew
Faculty Advisor Bonnie McNair
Box Office Manager Bonnie McNair
House Manager Ginny Holladay
Head of Wardrobe Ellen Thombley
Lighting Designer Rebekah Bert
Light Board Operator Maggie Hollis
Sound Designer Amy Grabow*
Sound Board Operator Amy Grabow*
Program Cover and Poster Design John Harper
Program Layout and Design Kathryn Freund and Carey Graham
Artists Peter Davis, Jacob Rowan, and Kevin Lindsey
*APO MEMBERS  

 

Director’s Biography:
Dave Harris is a senior theatre major at Belhaven University. He is from Fort Worth, TX and has been involved in theatre for many years. He has performed and helped build several shows during his time at Belhaven including The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Three Sisters. He directed Positive Thinking in the 5th Annual Belhaven One Acts Festival. He also was a member of the comedy improv troupe. This summer he was also a Master Carpenter/Assistant Technical Director at Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, NH. He is thankful for the generous support of family, friends, and faculty.

 

Artists Notes
The art displayed above the stage is the visual contribution to a collaboration between Belhaven student artists and the director. The pieces are portraits of characters Michael, Lindsay, and Anne created by Jacob Rowan, Kevin Lindsey, and Peter Davis, respectively, and are the artists’ responses to the characters and themes within the play. There is a leapfrog relationship between the visual and theatrical elements. The artwork, created in response to the script, sets a preparatory tone, while the characters then give flesh to the initial visual experience, which in turn can be more fully understood upon the conclusion of the play.
-Jacob Rowan

 

Buzz McLaughlin
Buzz McLaughlin Buzz McLaughlin is an active feature film producer and partner in the independent production company Either/Or Films, which produced the award-winning feature The Sensation of Sight starring Academy Award Best Actor nominee David Strathairn. He is also a writer who has written many plays and screenplays, including Sister Calling My Name (winner of the National Play Award), and the author of the best-selling book The Playwright’s Process. He has spent over three decades as a dramaturg, teacher, and consultant working with hundreds of emerging and established writers in theatre and film. McLauglin holds a Ph.D in dramatic literature, taught scriptwriting as Playwright-In-Residence for many years at Drew University, founded the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, a professional theatre currently in its 25th year dedicated to the development of new plays, and currently runs a script consulting service. Artists Notes The art displayed above the stage is the visual contribution to a collaboration between Belhaven student artists and the director. The pieces are portraits of characters Michael, Lindsay, and Anne created by Jacob Rowan, Kevin Lindsey, and Peter Davis, respectively, and are the artists’ responses to the characters and themes within the play. There is a leapfrog relationship between the visual and theatrical elements. The artwork, created in response to the script, sets a preparatory tone, while the characters then give flesh to the initial visual experience, which in turn can be more fully understood upon the conclusion of the play. -Jacob Rowan

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