Ha ha: Golgonooza to bring laughs

Ha ha: Golgonooza to bring laughs

Moriah Howell

Golgonooza participants go over plays in a Bibble Hall lobby. All plays are student-written.

Keith Hartman, Copy Editor

Pitt-Johnstown Golgonooza is to be presented April 17 and 18 at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center with three student-written and produced plays that have a comedic theme.

“The Feeling Down Check-Up,” written by senior Kayla Pongrac, is being directed by junior Cliff Maloney who also directed a play in last year’s Golgonooza production.

“Pongrac has come in and watched rehearsals. There hasn’t been any real stress with it and we have the same vision for the piece,” said Maloney.

“We’re given a lot of freedom with the work. We can change the whole thing if we wanted to as directors but no one ever would.”

“The Waitress,” written by sophomore Katie Franklin, is being directed by junior Justin Harenchar who also directed in last year’s Golgonooza.

“The play isn’t really done, so we’ve been doing a lot of work to finish it. Not only that, we have the biggest cast out of the three plays,” said Harenchar.

He said, at one point, four of the 10 actors dropped out and the positions had to be recast.

“Old People at an Amusement Park,” written by senior Emily Kalanish is to be directed by senior Katherine Stienstra.

This is to be Stienstra’s first time directing as  part of Golgonooza, but she has taken Theater professor Ann Marie Stewart’s directing course.

“There is a certain amount of stress that comes with every production, because, as the director, you always want it to be the best it can be.

“I stress over the small details like intention, and blocking to make sure that the piece is something the audience will really enjoy,” said Stienstra.