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19-20 Sarah Plain and Tall

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By Joseph Robinette
Directed by Craig Hertel

Set in the early 1900s, this play brings to life the charming, heartwarming story of a Kansas farmer, Jacob Witting, a widower with two children, Anna and Caleb.  Jacob places an ad in the newspapers seeking a wife. He receives a letter from a Sarah Wheaton of Maine who says she will visit the family for a month to see how things work out: “I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall.” Narrated by Anna reminiscing on the eve of her wedding, the story unfolds in a fascinating flashback on that often exciting, sometimes tumultuous month when Sarah and the Wittings came to know one another and learned a few things about themselves as well. The joys and challenges of everyday life are richly depicted in this classic which the New York Times called “an exquisite, sometimes painfully touching tale.” The School Library Journal said the book “is filled with wisdom and gentle humor…a tender story about the fragile beginnings of a family relationship on its way to permanence.”

Director Craig Hertel Announces Cast

Older Anna—Ruthanne Eddleman
Jacob—Colt Hazel
Anna—Shea Hook
Caleb—Sam Warren
Matthew—Terry Colquitt
Maggie—Rachael Perkins
Rose—Emery Tarrant
Violet—Claire Warren
William—David Owens
Meg—Kaylee Owens
Sarah—Cassie Newton
Casper Norwood, Deserae Pouncil, Sean Owens