Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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Lett: The agony experienced bythe men who fought the Civil War is reflected in Andy Spells' expression as he sings "The Only Home I Know." Right: Nelson Coates, Greg Perry, Leslie Hunter and Trent Pines tease Deborah Gardner into a lightin' mood as they sing "Next to Lovin'." 16 f Shenandoah" 2 6 -5' 6 9 O g 2 2 5 5 E ? '5 J ' - ' X wi' sf N' 'S-' T The Charlie Anderson family in the musical "Shenan- doah" loved and fought its way through the Civil War, as did the stage family who worked and loved and struggled its way through the production of another outstanding ACU musical. The cast, especially the Anderson family, became an off- stage "family," said Clay Hale, senior marketing major from Abilene, who played the lead role of Charlie Anderson, "You learn to love them like your own family. When you see them struggle and fail, then see them struggle and suc- ceed, it is all worthwhile," he said. Deborah Gardner, junior drama major from Arlington Heights, Ill., portrayed the role of jenny Anderson. She believed the audience could see the love the performers had for each other. The cast spent time together outside of rehearsals, said Nelson Coates, senior advertising major from Abilene, who played Henry. "We had a barbecue and taught the girls how to shoot rifies. The times we shared offstage made the Anderson family seem more realistic." The students who performed spent many hours every day preparing for opening night. But they all agreed that in the end the time was definitely worthwhile." Greg Perry, a senior all-level physical education major from Abilene, played the role ofjacob, one of the sons. He said the response from the audience was "the icing on the cake." Greg believed the musical gave the audience a good feel- ing about the drama division as well as shared a very impor- tant message. The actors tried to convey the heartache and strain people experienced during the Civil War, said Greg. But the Anderson family showed the strength of the family unit and how people can stay together even during the worst oftimes. "Shenandoah" was only one of several musicals Clay has performed in. But he believes this story was particularly meaningful for him because he was the father. "It made me look forward to being a father. It showed how special the family relationship is and how important the father is to the family unit." Leslie Hunter, mass communication major from Abilene, was the only freshman in the stage family. "They teased me offstage at times about being 'The Boy' because of my part and my age, but I learned a lot from the director and the

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