The Xavier Players theater group has been selected to perform in the regional competition for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival which takes place at Michigan State University on Jan. 6. Festival judges attended the November production of Spooky Dog & The Teenage Gang Mysteries by Eric Pliner and Amy Rhodes, directed by Tracy Macmorine, and informed the Players of their selection on Sunday, Dec. 5.
This is the third time the Xavier Players have entered a production in the competition and the first time the group has been selected. Their performance in January takes place at 11:00 p.m. They’re competing against productions from other schools in Region 3, which covers Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.
The 13 actors and crew members are performing the play for free for a local audience one last time on Monday, Jan. 3, at 5:00 p.m. before the competition. A reception and pep rally takes place after the performance before the group leaves for Michigan.
Spooky is an adults-only twist on the Saturday morning cartoon and is not intended for children. The detective dog, his hippie friend and their gang set out to solve a mystery of a missing pop culture icon at a mysterious country fair run by a sinister couple. Audience participation and improvisation added to the fun at the November shows.