The Philadelphia Story,considered to be one of the jewels of American comedy, will be performed this week by students in West Virginia Universitys College of Creative Arts.

The comedy opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 18).

There will be a preview at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 17) and further performances at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 20 and 21. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22.

All performances will be in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre at the Creative Arts Center on WVU s Evansdale Campus.

The play concerns a character named Tracy Lord who is about to marryagain! Unfortunately, her ex-husband shows up unannounced, a pair of snooping reporters crash the event, her bottom-pinching uncle has to pretend to be her father, her fiancé treats her like a goddess (which she thought she would enjoy), her little sister is scheming behind her back, and she has just had too much champagne to drink.

Of course, everything works out in the end�€whatever gave you the idea it wouldnt?

The original play by Philip Barry was a huge hit on Broadway in the 1930s, but the story is most famous as a film starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart.

The play has a few extra twists thrown in that were not part of the movie, and the students in the cast have had an amazing amount of fun getting to know such a great show, said director Jay Malarcher, theater professor.

The students are playing with all the conventions of the drawing room comedies of the period, and were making sure that we do justice to such a brilliant script,he said.Every situation is full of humor and humanity, and its no wonder the show has remained a standard in the repertoire of the American theatre.

The cast ofThe Philadelphia Storyincludes Denice Burbach as Tracy Lord; Rodney Creech as Mike Connor, the reporter; J.W. Walton as Seth Lord, the father of the bride; Steven Gibbs as C.K. Dexter, Tracys first husband; Jordan Estel as Dinah Lord, the little sister; Suzanne Lawrence as Margaret Lord, the mother of the bride; Sarah Johnson as Liz Imbrie, the photographer; David Menich as Mac, the night watchman; and Jennifer Cooper Prichard as Mary, the chamber maid.

Dan Stevens plays Uncle Willie, the great uncle; Matthew Link is Sandy Lord, the brother; Mike Custer is George Kittredge, the groom; Daniel Evans plays Thomas, the butler, Geoffrey Insch is Edward, the footman; Jessica Styer is Shirley, the upstairs maid; Tracy Toman is Elsie, the parlor maid; and Jason Scott plays Parson Parsons, the minister.

The faculty production team includes Dan Wilson, technical director; Laura Hitt, vocal coach; Heather Ahern, dance coach; Jessica D. Morgan, period movement coach; Bob Klingelhoefer, scene design mentor; Judy Chang, costume design mentor; and Joshua Blackmer Williamson, light and sound design mentor.

Designers include WVU theatre students Sabrina Hykes, sets; Karen Muller, lights; Brittany Loar, costumes; Rebecca Lafferty, sound; and Kelly McGill, props. Adam

Taylor is stage manager, Katherine Charonko is assistant director and dramaturg, and Kathanne Field is assistant director.

The last time WVU presentedThe Philadelphia Storywas in the fall of 1946 when the late Don Knotts, then studying for a degree in speech and drama, played Uncle Willie, to great laughs from the audience.

Come and join the fun again as fashionable Philadelphia plays host to the chaos and scandal surrounding the second wedding of Tracy Lord!

For tickets or more information, call the Mountainlair or CAC Box Offices at 304-293-SHOW.

Schools interested in attending matinee productions should contact the Division of Theatre and Dance at 304-293-4841, ext. 3120. Special ticket prices are available for groups of ten or more.