The Georgetown College Maskrafters are bringing both mystery and comedy to the stage for a two-weekend run, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28, with “The 39 Steps.”

According to Director Ed Smith, this fall major “combines Hitchcock, madcap physical comedy, romance, and technical inventiveness, all wrapped up in an appeal to the audience’s imagination…the most traditional element of live theatre.”

Above, pipe-smoking Ethan Smith, a senior from Cynthiana, stars as main character Richard Hannay; Meredith Cave, right, a senior from Nicholasville, plays all three main female characters. That leaves it up to Jennifer Jordan, a sophomore from Cincinnati, and Shay McCleavy, a junior from Brandenburg, KY, to perform the other 146 characters!

Curtain time is 8 p.m. in the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre, corner of College and Mulberry streets. Adults $7, Students $5. (Tickets are on sale at the College bookstore, 502-863-8134.)


Johannes Brahms (Wes Moses) comforts the women of the Schumann household after Robert Schumann is taken away to a mental health asylum. Clockwise from upper left: Sarah Smith, Brianna Gibson, Elizabeth Maines and Nikita Taggart.

Then, the musical highlight at Georgetown College this semester falls on Nov. 9-11, the world premiere of an original work by Music department chair Dr. Heather Hunnicutt. For times, dates, venues and ticket information, go to this special 2012-13 Performing Arts Calendar.

Dr. Hunnicutt is calling “Clara, My Love” an art song musical. Based on the love story of Clara and Robert Schumann – both famous performers and composers of the 19th century – each scene was inspired by their real-life diaries and letters.

Their story tugs on the heartstrings of every hopeless romantic: an over-bearing father trying to keep the lovers apart, a mental illness that claims Robert’s health, scandals that threaten their marriage, and an unexpected friendship that saves their family from crumbling. 

The musical is set to original works by both Schumanns and Johannes Brahms, who Robert saw as the man he wished he could be. Although movies and novels have tried to portray their story, no one has ever set it to the Schumann’s own words and music…until now.

Another special event is “Debussy Festival 2012,” Nov. 17-18, with special guest Jean-Louis Haguenauer, a renowned pianist who has toured all over Europe and the United States. Piano professor Dr. Mami Hayashida studied under Haguenauer at Indiana University – which is why we are privileged to have him on campus.

Dr. John Campbell is adding a bit of mystery to the always-anticipated annual Messiah event, which features both Chorale and Concert Choir on Dec. 2.  In “Mystery and Messiah,” the Concert Choir will be singing selections from Handel’s Messiah, and Chorale will perform “O magnum mysterium,” which means “Oh great mystery” when translated.

Director Campbell chose three settings of the text to perform: the first by Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria, the other two by contemporary composers Morten Lauridsen and Ivo Antognini. He had the chance to meet the latter two in person at the World Choir Games 2012 in Cincinnati this past summer.