NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Pegasus Players will be showcasing their production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” the first in-person show the student theater group has held since Spring 2020, as performances moved online because of the global pandemic. 

Pegasus Players adviser and Assistant Professor of Theater Professor Jeffry Casey had this to say about returning to the stage:

“Theater people are trained to perform in-person; we’re not trained to perform online,” Casey said. “So, going back onto the stage is like going home. But, it’s like going home after you’ve been exiled from your home. After spending a year doing something we’re not trained to do, it’s like going back to doing something that you’re good at, which is something that is really satisfying, and we’re pretty good at theater.”

“Going back onto the stage is like going home. But, it’s like going home after you’ve been exiled from your home.” Jeffry Casey, Pegasus Players adviser

The production will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 through Nov. 6 in Mack Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. 

Completed in 2018, Mack Hall Auditorium is a 400-seat performing arts center and home to the Norwich University Pegasus Players.

“Rumors” is a quick-witted farce that relies heavily on the interactions and dialogue between its characters. Everything goes wrong when a group of well-to-do friends gather to celebrate a wedding anniversary. They might make it through the night if they just keep their stories straight!

The production requires very few props, so the set design for the production will be minimal in its construction, requiring creativity on the part of the players to convey their surroundings to the audience. Such an approach is rare for theater groups, and the Pegasus Players do not often take this route for set construction.  

At least a third of the main cast are freshmen and first-year members of the Pegasus players and only two of the cast members have graced Norwich’s stage before.

“It is unusual for freshmen at most schools to get a lead role. It’s less uncommon here at Norwich because we have such a small program that when we get a good actor in, we move them up quickly,” Casey said. The play’s cast hails from the Corps of Cadets, civilian and commuter students, majors, and class years; the club is open to all.

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About Pegasus Players
Pegasus Players, Norwich University’s oldest continuously operating student organization, typically produces two performances a year. The performances rotate every two years between musicals, comedies and serious dramas and classics. The troupe also produces student play festivals, featuring original works written and directed by students, and Norwich Voices for International Women's Day, a spoken-word event about women's issues on campus and around the world.

About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge and is the nation’s oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's six Senior Military Colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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