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WildCat Theatre Performs Splendora

Play focuses on transformation

10/27/2008 11:29:11 AM


LYNCHBURG – Randolph College’s WildCat Theatre will present Splendora Nov. 6-10 in Thoresen Theatre.

Winner of the 1995 Richard Rodgers Production Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Splendora is based on the 1978 cult novel by Edward Swift. The story takes place in Splendora, a small Texas town. The musical revolves around Miss Jessica Gatewood, a newcomer and lady of Victorian dress and speech who captivates the town. Only one person Sue Ella Lightfoot, suspects “there’s something mighty slippery beneath those frills and flippery.” She makes the startling discovery that Jessica is actually Timothy John Coldridge, a young man who ran away from the town 15 years ago, never to be heard from again. 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.

“This story is about transformation,” said Ken Parks, director. “It’s about a character coming to terms with who he is. These are issues that are real, and they are important to talk about.”

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 6-10. Sunday’s matinee will be at 2 p.m. This play has material not appropriate for children.

Tickets are available now online at For more information please visit the website at or phone 947-8562.

Ticket cost is $12 general admission and $5 for all students.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations