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Fall 2008-09




November 6 through 10, 2008

in Thoresen Theatre.

[Thursday through Monday]
All performances at 7:30 p.m. except Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.

book by Peter Webb, music by Stephen Hoffman, lyrics by Mark Campbell

Directed by Geoffrey Kershner
Musical Direction by Randall Speer

$12 General Admission,
$9 Randolph College Faculty/Staff,
$5 all students

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Not what you would expect to come out of Texas. 

"SPLENDORA is a brave new musical…a most remarkable show." —NY Times. "SPLENDORA boasts…the only thing I've heard in a new musical this season that could be called music…" —Village Voice.

Performance dates:  November 6 through 10, 2008


Jessica Maione  '12

SUE ELLA LIGHTFOOT, contender for Sherriff
  Meredith Humphreys  '12 MAGA DELL SPIVY, ready for action
  Kim Nesbitt '09 JESSICA GATEWOOD, the bookmobile librarian

Karl Speer '12

TIMOTHY JOHN COLDRIDGE, the runaway returned
  Kelley Dudley BROTHER LEGGETT, a duty bound pastor
  Emily Perry  '12 ZEDA EARL GOODRICH, head of the committee
  Stephanie Millholland  '10 AGNES PULLENS (A.P.), vice chairman
  Elizabeth Swift  '12 LUCILLE MONROE, never had no secrets

Scenic Design:  Debra P. Holmes
Costume Design:  Patsy Bessolo
Lighting Design:  Ken Parks

Stage Manager:  Hannah Hudson '09

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Winner of the 1995 Richard Rodgers Production Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Based on the 1978 cult novel of the same name by Edward Swift, the story takes place in Splendora -- a small town in East Texas.   People there still talk about Timothy John Coldridge, the young man who ran away from the town fifteen years ago, never to be heard from again.  They also talk about Splendora's new arrival, Miss Jessica Gatewood, a lady of Victorian dress and speech, hired to run the county bookmobile and taking up residence in the house of Timothy John's deceased grandmother, Esther Ruth.  Within weeks, Jessica captivates the town; her style is emulated by the Splendora Ladies Study Group and she is lauded for her municipal restoration efforts.  Only one person, Sue Ella Lightfoot, suspects "there's something mighty slippery beneath those frills and flippery," and makes a startling discovery:  that Jessica and Timothy John are one and the same person.  but, for how long?  As Timothy John begins to fall in love with Brother Leggett, Splendora's assistant pastor, it's clear that he must reconcile himself with his hurtful past so that he can finally leave Jessica.  And Splendora.

- from the cover
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