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Concord University Theatre To Present "Living History" Performances


Sarah M. Pritchett

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.

Office: 304-384-5211

Cell: 304-320-6405






ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University’s Theatre students will present “Living History” performances throughout the month of November. There will be three variations of the productions, each featuring different historical characters and figures. They will be set on various days and times to allow more opportunities to view the performances. 


As part of the Living History Performances course instructed by Karen Vuranch this semester, Concord University students will take on roles of historical figures who impacted society. Students enrolled in the course are responsible of presenting a performance as a historic character; this includes conducting extensive research on their chosen character, developing a unique monologue, and creating a costume that is accurate to the character they are portraying. 


“Women Who Impacted the Arts” will feature Laya Gilpin as journalist Nellie Bly, Kristen Knight as musician and composer Clara Schumann, Hollis Laing as civil rights activist Claudette Colbin, and Raysha Massie as pirate Anne Bonny. These performances can be viewed on Tuesday, November 13 at 2 p.m. in Concord University’s J. Frank Marsh Library.


“Impacting the Arts” features Jacob Pauley as painter Bob Ross, Cameron White as actor John Belushi, Jimmy Wilburn as comedian Charlie Chaplin, and Caleb Zopp as puppeteer Jim Henson. These performances will occur on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the J. Frank Marsh Library, located on Concord University’s campus.


“People Who Impact History” is set to feature all the performers. It can be viewed by guests on November 13 and November 15 at 11 a.m. in Room 304 of the Nick Rahall Technology Center on Concord University’s campus, and at 12:30 p.m. on November 13 and 15 in Room 302 of the Marsh Hall Administration Building.


All performances that are part of the “Living History” productions are free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend the showings to view theatrical talent and become informed about historical figures.


For additional information on these performances, contact Karen Vuranch at 304-384-5275 or





This press release was written by Ashley Workman from Charleston, W.Va. She is a junior majoring in Communication Arts and Media with an Emphasis in Public Relations and is a student in the Public Relations Workshop at Concord University.




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