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GSCC Theater Production Releases “Moon Over Buffalo” This Week

The Gadsden State Community College Theater Department will present its first performance at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in more than a decade as “Moon over Buffalo” kicks off Thursday for a two-weekend run.

Curtain time is 7 p.m.

The last student theater performance at Wallace Hall was “Catfish Moon” in 2010. Since then, the venue has hosted productions by CharACTers Theatrics and performances by local dance groups.

“We are excited to build our (theater) program so that we can consistently perform for our community, showcase our students, and bring quality and talented (theater) to Etowah County,” said Mario Gallardo, Chairman of the Fine Arts Division of Gadsden State.

Gadsden State hired Joseph Fuselli as a theater instructor in August 2021 and tasked him with rebuilding the school’s curriculum.

Fuselli has worked as an actor, voice artist and director during his career. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Fine Arts from New School University in New York.

He began hosting open auditions earlier this year for “Moon over Buffalo” and is thrilled to have the students return to the Wallace Hall stage.

“My No. 1 goal is always to educate my students,” he said. “Even such a fun show can provide learning opportunities. Comedy is not easy at all.

“Moon Over Buffalo,” by Ken Ludwig, is a farce set in 1953 about a troubled couple dealing with difficult family matters while hoping for a visit from a Hollywood director.

“This play is one of the finest examples of classic farce the American stage has ever seen,” he said. “It has all the hallmarks of great British pranks, while giving the audience a heavy dose of Americana. The pace is frantic. The jokes are fast. The characters, at times, look like human cartoons.

Joining him on the production team as producer and stage manager is Gregory Heathcock, director of theater and facilities at Gadsden State.

Heathcock has been employed at the college since September 2021. He recently graduated from JSU and has a bachelor’s degree in theater production and biology.

The cast of characters consists of several Gadsden State students and other talented local actors. The main characters are Elliot Ford (George Hays), Autumn Pentecost (Charlotte Hays), Christen Law (Roz Hay), Hayden Reeves (Paul), Joy Perryman (Ethel Hay), Rachael Etheridge (Eileen), Kadin Gardner (Richard) and Noah Harrel (Howard).

GSCC “Moon Over Buffalo” Performance

Performances are also scheduled at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from April 28 to 30. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and can be purchased at www.GadsdenState.edu/FineArts.

The Gadsden State Theater Department offers half and full scholarships to qualified students; these may be incoming freshmen or returning full-time students.

Fellows must maintain a 2.2 GPA, complete four hours of work each week at the Gadsden State Department of Fine Arts, and assist with recruitment. They must enroll in an acting class each semester, including theater appreciation and acting skills.

Recipients must also commit to auditioning for and participating in all CharACTers and/or Gadsden State theater productions.

An audition is required and must include two contrasting monologues. Audition packages should not exceed three minutes.

For more information about the theater program or to apply for scholarships, contact Fuselli at [email protected]