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On Dragonfly Wings returns to PAC stage Wednesday night
2008 hit runs through Sunday
In the file photo from 2008, The Leech, played by Geoff Carr, right, bullies Clovis the Crayfish, played by Justin Peay, during a scene from the "On Dragonfly Wings" Black Box production. The Georgia Southern Theater Department will stage the 2009 production at the Performing Arts Center beginning tonight. - photo by Herald File
    The Georgia Southern University Theatre Department is bringing back a hit from 2008. “On Dragonfly Wings” opens tonight and runs through Sunday at the Performing Arts Center.
    “On Dragonfly Wings” is the story of Daisy, a young dragonfly nymph, who wants to make a difference in her beloved home Crystal Pond. When the pond where she lives is threatened, Daisy comes up with a plan to save it. However, before her plan is put into action, she begins the transformation into a dragonfly, forcing her to leave the pond forever.
    “Daisy Dragonfly is a young, yet daring girl with a beautiful heart. She always looks for the good in others and her sweet spirit radiates in all she says and does,” said Annelise Kitching, who will portray Daisy.
    “On Dragonfly Wings” and the book it was adopted from, “Wailana the Waterbug,” were inspired by the story of a little girl named Alana Dung. At only 3 _ years old, Alana passed away after battling leukemia. Her tragic story inspired many people to become bone marrow donors resulting in more than 50 perfect bone marrow matches worldwide.
“On Dragonfly Wings” was written by playwright Lisa Matsumoto in Hawaii. Kelly Berry, technical director at GSU, first brought the play to the mainland. Matsumoto died in a car accident in 2007.
    GSU's Theatre and Performance first produced the play in the spring of 2008. Due to an overwhelming response, the show is getting a second run.
    “Bringing the show back for a remounting allows GSU students the opportunity to experience the challenges of fleshing out a script in development,” said Lisa L. Abbott, director of “On Dragonfly Wings” and assistant professor of Theatre at GSU said. “That combined with the desire to revisit the story with a new director and choreographer to gain a new perspective on the work led to the decision to do a special addition to our regular season.”
    In this year's production, student choreographer Staci Namecek, a former GSU cheerleader with over 14 years of dance experience, will choreograph her first big show. In addition, the change of venue to the Performing Arts Center will allow the cast to expand the scope of their production to include larger sets, more details and a surprise for the audience.
    “It is sure to be a fabulous production and I encourage all theatre goers, musical lovers, and anyone who enjoys a celebration of life,” Kitching said.
    Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors or GSU faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children. For more information, call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 912-GSU-5379. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

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