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UMW actors to perform ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

Carole Hall of Spotsylvania, Va., has been chosen to be the stage manager for the University of Mary Washington production of “Moon Over Buffalo.”

Hall is the daughter of Janet Hall of Spotsylvania and is a 2009 graduate of Fredericksburg Academy.

A junior majoring in theater, Hall is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, a national collegiate honorary fraternity for outstanding students of theatre. She was the stage manager for the UMW production of “Summer and Smoke,” and the assistant stage manager for UMW’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Jamie Wilson of Spotsylvania has been chosen to be the assistant to the stage manager for the University of Mary Washington production of “Moon Over Buffalo.”

Wilson is the daughter of Tim and Ellen Wilson of Spotsylvania and is a 2010 graduate of Riverbend High School. A sophomore at UMW, Wilson is a member of the Performing Arts Club.

“Moon Over Buffalo” takes place in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1953.  Stage actors George and Charlotte Hay are performing “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in repertory at Buffalo’s Erlanger Theatre when they receive word that Hollywood film director Frank Capra plans to attend a matinee performance. Chaos ensues as the Hays prepare for Capra’s arrival in hopes of starring in his new movie.

“Moon Over Buffalo” premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on Oct. 1, 1995, and ran for 309 performances. Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett were nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and Best Actress in a Play in 1996 for their roles as George and Charlotte Hay. Ken Ludwig’s work has been performed on Broadway and in London’s West End. He is a recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award and has been nominated for three Tony Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards.

Performances will run Feb. 16 through Feb. 25 at duPont Hall’s Klein Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Klein Theatre Box Office at (540) 654-1111.