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WBC to Stage Fool’s Paradise April 12 & 13


The Williams Baptist College Theatre program will close its 2012-2013 season with the British farce, Fool’s Paradise by Peter Coke.  The production is set for Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at WBC.

The play centers around two women, Jane and Catherine Hayling.  Although surrounded by valuable antiques, the ladies live in debt, for the late husband of both ladies, Basil Hayling, left house and property to them, stipulating that they were both to live there but could not sell any of it.

His sister has just left a spray of emeralds in her will.  If they prove valuable, all their debts can be paid.  Unfortunately, Jane giddily accepts deposits on the emeralds from too many people and can only hold them at bay by inventing a third owner for them – a Senhora Conchita Elvas – whom she then impersonates.

As debts and troubles increase, she even accepts a deposit on Catherine’s son, rashly promising his hand in marriage to glamorous and enamored Fiona Renshaw.  They all spend some merry moments solving this almost inextricable tangle.

The cast is led by seniors Anna Hayden of Conway and Jessica Howington of Pine Bluff, playing Jane and Catherine.  “My role as Jane in this play is probably my favorite of the roles I’ve had,” Howington said.  “She’s the first comedic character I’ve portrayed and it has been a fun experience bringing her to life for my final production at WBC.”

“I have highly enjoyed working with this cast, and the challenge of developing a comedic character,” Hayden added.

Other members of the cast include Rose, the maid, played by Christina Graham of Jonesboro; Susan Dawson, played by Ashley Newman of Southhaven, Miss.; Julius Caxton, played by Nick Scarbrough of Batesville; Philip Hayling, Catherine’s son, played by Brandt McDonald of Concord; Fiona Renshaw, played by Callison Hopkins of Southhaven; and Brigette Blair, played by Anna Kane of Harrison.

“Being involved in the plays last semester and this semester has been one of the most enjoyable things I have done here at Williams,” said Senior Ashley Newman.  “I only wish I had been involved sooner!  It has made my senior year so much fun.”

The production is scheduled for April 12 and 13 beginning at 8 p.m. each night in WBC’s Old Chapel.  General admission will be $3 and admission for students and senior citizens will be $1.

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