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Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Student-Directed Production of 'Not Waving'

By Mike Greife, November 17, 2017

WARRENSBURG, MO - The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre and Dance presents its mainstage production of the award-winning play Not Waving by Richard Manley at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 in the Black Box Theatre in Nickerson Hall.

Directed by UCM senior theatre major Dalton Pittenger, the play is this year’s winner of the Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Competition hosted by the UCM Department of Theatre and Dance. Written for high school and adult audiences, Not Waving tells the story of Crandal, a quirky, insecure young girl who is having trouble fitting in. As an outsider and freshman, she struggles to find friends, and complicating matters is the fact that she must also come to grips with the realization that her grandmother and best friend, Nanna, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Using poetry as an outlet, Crandal finds a way to let go, express herself, and stand on her own.

As part of the Meredith Harmon Sauer Guest Artist Series, playwright Richard Manley visited the campus in September, sitting in on rehearsals, working with the production team and presenting a playwriting workshop. Manley is a professional playwright from San Francisco whose works have received numerous awards, including the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, the Pillars Prize, the Getchell Award, and the Woodward/Newman Award.

Not Waving is Pittinger’s honors project, and he also received a Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Grant to tour the production to four regional high schools throughout the month of October. Performances were presented at Warrensburg High School, Olathe West High School, Raymore-Peculiar High School and Truman High School.

The cast includes Heather Marsh as Crandal; Gabby McDuffy as Nanna; Justin Panacchia as Tyler; Samantha Davin as Mom; Travis Hampton as Dennis; Ellie Port as Madison; Kelsey Reynolds as Amber; Jessica Perry as Billie; and Serik Davidson as Nathan. Anna Coday is scenic designer, Cody Nelson, lighting designer, Elza Poynter, sound designer, Nehemiah Campbell, production manager, Caitlin Hahn, stage manager, Allyson Latham, assistant stage manager and Alex Houston, technical director. Faculty member Kayla Jestila serves as costume designer and Dr. Richard Herman is production supervisor.

General admission tickets are $7. Online tickets can be purchased online at, or at the Highlander Theater box office, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by phone at 660-543-8811. The Highlander Theater Box Office will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, but online ticket sales will still be available.


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