Posted: Monday Nov 26, 2012
Nov. 26, 2012
Denver native Ryan K. Witt will make his debut with the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre in the role of Frankie in the Christmas musical, Plaid Tidings by Stuart Ross.
Performances are scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 to 15, and at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.
The show will be directed by Colleen Reilly who chose Witt after seeing him perform on stage twice. “He graduated from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and I saw him in a student production there a couple years ago,” Reilly commented. “And then I saw him at the Rep at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in a show earlier this fall. They were two very contrasting roles and I was very impressed with him both times. He is a very talented actor who comes highly recommended by other actors I have worked with in the Pittsburgh area whose opinions I trust. He really understands the Plaid spirit and will be a wonderful complement to the veteran cast. He understands the character, innocence and sincerity of the Plaids.”
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Witt, 22, also lived in New Mexico before he moved to Pittsburgh to study acting at Point Park. His early experience includes playing the role of Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees, the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz and Mr. Bascomb in Carousel. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater in May.
“This is the first musical I’ve done in a long time,” Witt noted. ‘I’ve been doing a lot of plays lately. I’m looking forward to working at Saint Vincent and to sharing the stage with Greggory Brandt, David Scott Purdy and Kevin Daniel O’Leary. I have heard such wonderful things from other friends who have played there. I feel really equipped to do professional theater. I am happy to be taking this next step at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre.” He plans to test his fortunes in New York City in January.
Tickets are $19 on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, $22 on Friday and Saturday evenings, and $16 for afternoon matinees. Theatre party group rates, senior citizen discounts and student discounts are also available. For reservations, contact 724-537-8900 or www.svst.org.
Photo: Ryan Witt will play Frankie in Saint Vincent Summer Theatre’s December production of Plaid Tidings.
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