The play takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows in a small Kansas town. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes Hal Carter, a handsome young drifter who disrupts the lives of these five women.
"Picnic" was a success on Broadway in 1953 and was later made into a popular movie by director Josh Logan. In fact, the "Moonglow" dance sequence from the movie with Kim Novak and William Holden will be recreated in the Wittenberg production.
According to Witt C.A.S.T. director Steve Reynolds, professor of theatre and dance, this summer production creates an additional theatre opportunity for Wittenberg students, staff, faculty, alumni and their family members. The cast of "Picnic" includes a recent Wittenberg graduate as well as current students and children of staff members.
Area residents do not need tickets to enjoy this romantic drama in air-conditioned comfort, but donations will be accepted to help defray expenses.
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