WBU Theatre Program Opens Season With “The Good Doctor”
by MaKenzie Free
Williams Baptist University’s theatre program is set to open its 2018-19 season with “The Good Doctor.” The production will run Friday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 3.
“The Good Doctor” is a comedy with music written by Neil Simon. It consists of short plays, based on short stories and other works by Russian author Anton Chekhov. The stories are tied together through a writer, played by Kristin Britt of Chandler, Texas.
This marks the second time Williams has performed the play, with the first being the fall of 2008. “This season marks my 35th year at WBU,” said Melinda Williams, director of the production. “I wanted to do something I had directed before. I started my career with a Neil Simon show, and since he recently died, I thought it would be a good tribute to do one of his shows.”
The cast includes MaKenzie Free of Beebe, Ark., Ridge Briney of Corning, Ark., Bethany Jaques of Jacksonville, Ark., Ryan Drendel of North Aurora, Ill., Luke Windham of Capetown, South Africa, and Maggie Morgan of Mammoth Spring, Ark.
The production is a part of WBU’s Homecoming weekend and will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are $3 for WBU students, $5 for students and senior adults and $8 for general admission. The play will take place in Startup Chapel, formerly known as the Old Chapel, on the WBU campus.
Williams is a private, Christian university in Walnut Ridge, Ark