Southwestern College’s 88th annual production of “Eagerheart” will be presented two times in December. Performances will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 and at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Helen Graham Little Theatre on the lower level of Christy Administration Building. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Winfield Food Pantry.

The Southwestern theater department and the Campus Players organization produce the show each year as a gift to the community. The show returns this year after being postponed last year due to COVID-19.

“Eagerheart,” which was written by early 20th century English playwright A.M. Buckton, celebrates the legend that Christ and the Holy Family travel the earth each year, blessing one deserving home where they rest on Christmas Eve.   Eager Heart and sisters Eager Fame and Eager Sense, along with shepherds and kings of Power, Wisdom, and Love, reveal their understanding of Christ and His teachings. The search for the Holy Family is tested by beggars seeking food and shelter. The play challenges and inspires audiences to live with charity throughout the year.

Allyson Moon will direct this year’s presentation of “Eagerheart.” Moon said that she is inspired by the talent and commitment to the “Eagerheart” tradition that the Campus Players alums bring to the show. It is the current Campus Players that asked for the involvement of the alums. Because it has been two years since the last production, the current students are learning a great deal from the alums involved.

“It is also lovely to be in the Helen Graham Little Theatre once again,” Moon said. “The cast and crew love the intimacy with the audience as they share this story of giving and hope during the Christmas season.”

Playing the role of Eager Heart will be Arden Mouangdy. Brooke Rowzee has been cast as Eager Sense and Alexis Miers as Eager Fame

The Beggar Man will be played by Liam Cunningham. The kings will be played by Lael Porter, King of Power; Roger Moon, King of Wisdom; and Abram Rankin, King of Love. Jenny Bate and Seth Bate will play the role of the Old Shepherd. Other shepherds will be played by Emma Bate, John Badley and Brett Leise.

Jamieson Campo and Carter Humphreys will play the role of the angels while the Angel of Death will be played by Maya Damron.

An uncredited but honored woman traditionally plays the role of the beggar woman who later is recognized as one the Holy Family, and infants of the community are cast as the beggars’ child taken in by Eager Heart. A senior student will play the role at the chapel performance and a selected faculty or staff will play the Beggar Woman at the community performance.

Reservations for the shows can be made by calling (620) 221-7720 or (620) 229-6272. Reservations may also be made by emailing boxoffice@sckans.edu.

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