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FHU Theatre Prepares for Spring Performance of “Eleemosynary”

Henderson, Tenn. - Feb 16, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University Theatre will present a window into the lives of three women in their next big production, “Eleemosynary.” The play will be March 9-11 and 16-18 in The Black Box Theatre.

In the show, the grandmother, Dorothea, is raising her granddaughter, Echo, when a stroke causes Echo to contact her mother, Artie. Artie abandoned them long ago, and resists the influence of her eccentric mother. As Echo prepares for the National Spelling Bee, mothers and daughters all learn what is to be charitable.

The director of “Eleemosynary,” Hannah Graves, is an alumna of FHU. She teaches English at Bolivar High School in Hardeman County. Graves says, “’Eleemosynary’ is a play about something deeply human and timeless: communication. The way we communicate can often make or break a relationship. This is true for the women in "Eleemosynary."

The cast of “Eleemosynary” is made up of three women who are current students at FHU: Amanda Baugh, a junior theatre major from Franklin, Tennessee; Marla Nordstrom, a senior English major from Mount Juliet, Tennessee; and Adrianna Vance, a freshman English education major from Arvada, Colorado.

About her cast, Graves says, “The three young woman who embody these characters are doing an excellent job. In a play that is so wrapped up in communication, it has been essential that they take time to understand their characters on a very deep level. Each actor has spent time outside of our rehearsals developing her character, and each one brings something special to the performance.”

This is Graves’s first time directing, and she couldn’t be happier about the choice of play. “This play is a gold mine for language analysis and character development, which has been a thrill for me since I am both an English teacher and a theatre enthusiast. I very much appreciate Dr. Thompson bringing this play to my attention. I could not think of a better one for my directorial debut.”

“Eleemosynary” performances are scheduled March 9-11 and 16-18. Show times are 7:00pm each evening with additional 2:00pm performances on March 11 and 18.

Tickets are available at or by calling 731-989-6057. They will also be available at the door, but seating is extremely limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are $7 general admission.