Madison College Kicked off 2023-24 Season With “The Women of Lockerbie”

The Women of Lockerbie promotional poster

Madison College Performing Arts presented Deborah Brevoort’s award-winning play “The Women of Lockerbie” on the Mitby Theater stage, October 13-22.

The play, directed by Allen Ebert, takes the audience to Lockerbie, Scotland seven years after the crash of Pan Am 103. Terrorists placed a bomb on the plane which exploded over and devastated the small Scotland town.

Madeleine, a grieving American mother (played by Jessica Jane Witham) is in Lockerbie desperate to find some trace of her son. The U.S. government is about to set fire to the remaining clothing and other scraps of personal effects that fell from the plane.

Women of the town rally to prevent the destruction of these items so they can preserve them and return them to the families of the dead. The play is based on a true story. Women of Lockerbie did form a “Laundry Project” to give peace to families impacted by the crash.

Despite the tragic backdrop, “The Women of Lockerbie” is ultimately a tale of how love triumphs over hate.

Several local guest artists were involved in the production as actors and designers. These guest artists served as professional examples to student cast and crew members.

Students filled critical roles as assistant director, stage manager, master electrician, assistant stage manager, wardrobe and props assistants, lighting and sound operators.

The cast of local actors featured Jessica Jane Witham, David Pausch, Samara Safarik, Patrick O’Hara, Jamie England, Rebecca Raether and Heather Klinke; and student actor Megan Rosseter. Student Leah Manicor and local performer Sara Beth Hahner were understudies.

Performances took take place in the round on the Mitby Theater Stage October 13 through 22. All performances were free to Madison College students with their OneCard.

“The Women of Lockerbie” began a season that shares a theme of “a bright new day.”

Upcoming shows this season are American classic “Bus Stop,” by William Inge, directed by Karen Saari in the Madison College Studio Theater. The college will also present the jukebox musical “Rock of Ages” by Chris D’Arienzo, directed by David Pausch, in March 2024.