High School Students Revive “Formerly Normal Players” Theater Troupe

Fayette, Oh. – The Formerly Normal Players will present the one act play; “Home Again” on Sunday, June 12th at 3:00 p.m. on the stage of the Ginnivan Auditorium in Fayette’s historic Opera House.

This original play is inspired by the lives and contributions of six former residents who called Fayette “Home” and have been laid to rest in Fayette’s Pleasant View Union Cemetery on the west side of town.

The script was written, in part, by the students and edited by the entire ensemble. The production looks at the lives of Civil War Veteran, Colonel John H. Wickhiser; Fayette Doctor (and one of the founding father of the Fayette Normal University) Estell Rorick; theater pioneer Norma Ginnivan; child actor, musician and former Fayette Manufacturing engineer, Bud Walker; and student athlete Fred H. “Pug” Pierce and his mother, Sophie. The play explores the roles these individuals played in the development of some of the defining episodes in Fayette’s history.

The name of the theater troupe is a revival of the Formerly Normal Players who staged plays at the Opera House during the 80’s and 90’s. The Formerly Normal Player’s productions were a collaborative effort featuring local and area high school students under the direction of area college professors. The “Normal” is a reference to the former Fayette Normal College of Music.

The 2016 edition of the Formerly Normal Players include: Kaleb Bates as Dr. Estell Rorick, Mackalyn Figgins as Norma Ginnivan & Sophie Pierce, Mason Maginn as Fred Pierce, and Jonah Purdue as both Colonel Wickhiser and Bud Walker. Jason Stuckey runs the lights for the play.

The play is produced as a part of the Normal Educational Outreach Project, with the support of the Arlyce Bacon Fund, the Fayette Opera House and the Bean Creek Valley History Center.

Tickets at the door are $7.00 while advanced tickets are $5.00 and may be obtained by contacting the members of the “Formerly Normal Players” or calling the Opera House (419) 237-3111 and leaving your ticket request.

The doors to the Opera House open at 2:00 p.m. with the doors to the Ginnivan Auditorium opening at 2:30 p.m. Curtain time is at 3:00 p.m.


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