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GPC students to present play

COVINGTON - Georgia Perimeter College will present a play for the first time on its campus next week.

Usually, the group performs at locations in Social Circle, Conyers and other areas, but since the new student learning center opened on the Newton Campus this school year, the drama department took over the old library space to create a stage and viewing room for some performances.

The first play to be performed there will be the drama "Doubt, A Parable," the Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by John Patrick Shanley.

It tells the story of a nun who runs a religious school in the Bronx in the mid-1960s and her suspicion of a priest sexually molesting the school's first black student; in the play, she attempts to have him removed from his post.

"This story is better than a good mystery. The moral dilemmas posed within the play make you think about your own moral convictions," said Janet Hollier, associate professor or communication and theater at GPC who is directing the play. "Shanley encourages us not to get entangled with certainty about who did it, but rather rest with uncertainty, so that we will forever question whether our moral convictions are appropriate and sufficient."

The cast and crew include GPC students Stephanie Rennolds of Monroe as Sister Aloysius Beavier, Joey Kellogg of Snellville as Father Brendan Flynn, Morgan Higganbotham of Loganville as Sister James and Shanel Scott of Decatur as Mrs. Muller. GPC student Eddy Juin of Decatur is stage manager.

Local community crew members include Rockdale County High School theater teacher Scott McElheney as set designer and Laramie Wells, a Newton High School math and film instructor, who is the play consultant. GPC theater instructor William Jarrett is costume designer.

The students will present the play at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Oct. 11 in room 2100 of building N1 at GPC's Newton campus, which is located at 239 Cedar Lane, off Ga. Highway 11, in Covington. GPC students get in free with their student ID, non-GPC students pay $5 and adults pay $10. The play is not recommended for young children.

An hour before each performance, guests also are invited to view a 1960s pop culture exhibit in the hallway outside of the performance room. It features student art, including reproductions from the era.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: "Doubt, A Parable"

Presented by Georgia Perimeter College

· When: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Oct. 11

· Where: GPC Newton Stage, 239 Cedar Lane, Covington (room 2100 in building N1)

· Cost: free to GPC students, $5 for non-GPC students, $10 for adults

· Reservations: 770-278-1435