Campbell University presents “Voice of the Prairie”

February 1, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Buies Creek, N.C.-Playwright John Olive attempts to answer some of life's most salient questions in "Voice of the Prairie," a show about radio, boxcars, storytelling and the fateful intersection of peoples' lives. Campbell University will present "Voice of the Prairie" Feb. 6-7 and 12-14, at 8 p.m. in Ellis Theatre of the Taylor Bott Rogers Fine Arts Center.

"The students working on this production have really made it special," said Director Bert Wallace. "The small cast has been asked to do things that actors don't often have to do, making their work particularly taxing, but the end result is a unique performance that really gives the audience something to think about."

The cast of four-senior April Viverette, juniors Matt Coleman and Jessi Ferguson and sophomore Jonathan Fitts-play multiple characters in two different time periods, 1895 and 1923. Two of the characters ride the rails, one is a traveling radio salesman and another is a young girl who also seeks the adventure of the hobo life. All of their lives intertwine through the magic of radio.

"John Olive's play blends memories of the past with the reality of the present and the possibilities of the future," Wallace said. "He questions how much of what we remember is real, how much is fantasy and how do we tell the difference?"

Tickets prices for "Voice of the Prairie" are $7 general admission and $3 for students, faculty, staff and senior citizens. They are available online at; by calling the Campbell University Box Office at 910.893.1509; or at the door.

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