Concord University Theatre Performing ‘Spoon River Anthology’

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 16 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712



ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University’s Theatre Department will be performing “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters in the H.C. Paul Theatre April 23rd-26th at 8 p.m. nightly. The H.C. Paul Theatre is located in the Alexander Fine Arts Center on the Athens campus.

An award-winning folk play, “Spoon River” is a series of inter-related monologues interspersed with traditional American music. The show setting is a small, fictional Illinois town at the turn of the 20th century. The seven cast members chosen for the show will be portraying 42 different residents of the town.

Concord Theatre Director Dr. Thomas Gambill noted, “This play has extraordinarily entertaining music and character creation.”

Gambill said “Spoon River” provides a much-needed link to a simpler time and place. “It’s sort of like Mayberry,” he said, “… the characters are unique and some are certainly quirky.”

While Gambill emphasized the University Theatre is traditionally adult-centered, “Spoon River” offers an evening of entertainment that is totally “family friendly.” There is something in the show “for everyone.”

The Concord cast is made up of both stage veterans and newcomers including Tyler Weaver, Desmond Jackson, Kayla Jordon, Brooklyn Clemons, Sierra Browning, George Myers and Casey France. Jenna Phillips will serve as musical director accompanied by vocalists Katie Riddle, Ryan Samosky, and Kristen Osbourne. The musicians will be performing original songs and songs that have been used in past productions of “Spoon River.”

Concord University faculty, staff and students will be admitted to the show free of charge with a validated Concord identification card. General admission will be $5. Reservations can also be made online through or calling the Concord University Box Office at 304-384-5101. Tickets can be picked up before the show at the Concord University Box Office located in the Alexander Fine Arts Center. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. All reserved tickets will be released at 7:45 p.m. each night of the show.


Kyle Curley, a Concord University sophomore majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism, assisted with this press release.

His hometown is Centreville, Va.


Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.