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Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents trial from “Inherit The Wind”

BOONE – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University will present the trial scene from the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee classic “Inherit the Wind” Feb. 12-14 and 19-21. Performances begin at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 828-262-3063, online at, or from the Valborg Theatre box office weekdays from 1-5 p.m.

The performance is part of Appalachian’s Darwin Bicentennial Celebration and consists of the trial scene from the play, with additional short vignettes created for the production to put the scope of the trial into context.

The vignettes range in style from vaudevillian performances to hip-hop dance, with the intention of putting the conversation about Darwin’s theories of “where we came from” in a modern perspective.

Dr. Ray Miller with the Department of Theatre and Dance directs and choreographs the production.

There will be a short talk with the cast and a guest professor following each performance. The talks will feature Appalachian professors from academic disciplines such as anthropology, religion and biology.

The production has been cross-gender cast, and has female actresses playing the roles of lawyers and other men involved in the Scopes trial in order to further emphasize the relevance of the play’s themes to today.

The cast includes Meredith Hunter as Drummond, Jordan Lance as Brady, Lindsay Laws as Mrs. Brady, Shanda Jacobs as Davenport, William Gwyn as Cates, Katie White as Rachel, Brian Seagroves as Hornbeck and Kerry Dunlap as the Judge. The chorus includes Lindsay David, Cady Childs, Matt Lucas and Brett Stafford.

April Miller is the costumer, Sean Plane is the lighting/sound designer, Erica Hogan is the stage manager,  Alex Genther is assistant stage manager and Megan Mabry is the dramaturg.