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LR's Playmakers to perform Serafina and the Black Cloak
LR's Playmakers to perform Serafina and the Black Cloak

Lenoir-Rhyne University will conclude its 2017-18 Playmakers season with a production of Serafina and the Black Cloak. The play, which will be performed Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium, will follow the Visiting Writers Series presentation by Robert Beatty that begins at noon.

Adapted from the award-winning book by Beatty, the mystery-thriller tells the story of a young girl secretly living with her father in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. She teams up with the nephew of the Biltmore Estate's owners to discover why children around the property have suddenly begun disappearing.

The play is adapted from Beatty's book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, which was a New York Times, Barnes and Noble, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestseller. The Serafina series has been taught in thousands of classrooms across the United States and was the winner of the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The character, Serafina, was inspired by his middle daughter, and the setting by his close location to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Biltmore Estate. Due to mature content, it is rated PG.

Liz Bokhoven, LR adjunct instructor of theatre, is the director. The play features a cast of LR students including Callie Cope, Chase Fowler, Caleb Hoyle, Mili Koncelik, Heather Osterer, Ashton Pesterfield, Hannah Saunders, Ariona Smith, Taylor Thomas, and Jovani Valdez. Mason Fowler is the Stage Manager.

Admission is free, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets are available at the door or can be picked up at the LR Box office in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or call 828.328.7206 for ticket information.

LR's Playmakers stimulate interest in the dramatic arts and provide a theatre experience for the community. They are also considered the official producing body for the LR theatre program.