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Evangel University Theatre Presents “Interrupting Vanessa”

Published on Sep 23, 2021 by Erin Hedlun



Timmy Fibbins played by Christopher Sieh (left) and Vanessa played by Ash Jordan (right). Photo courtesy of Kylie Butler

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University’s Humanities Department and Theatre program proudly present “Interrupting Vanessa,” a one-act play created by Colleen Neuman.

 The play will take place this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, at 7 p.m. in the Barnett Fine Arts Theatre on Evangel’s campus.

The production is free and reservations are not required. The public is invited to attend.

The play is presented and directed by three Evangel students, Allison Barker, David Farmer, and Chandler Gray as part of their senior capstone project.

The production includes a four-member cast and has a running time of 45 minutes. Cast members are sophomore Ash Jordan as Vanessa, senior Christopher Sieh as Timmy Fibbins, junior Peyton Allen as Vanessa’s mom, and sophomore Lane Buckingham as Vanessa’s dad.


The play follows the story of a bright and imaginative young girl named Vanessa who loves to create elaborate stories and inventions with trinkets she collects. Her imagination is so large that she imagines her late father back to life.

Vanessa is content with her father as her only friend, until her mother invites Timmy Fibbins, the least popular kid in school, over to play. Vanessa is appalled, but soon finds in Timmy a friendship that gives her the ability to face the world without her father.

The play touches on the process of grief and depicts the power found in laugher and friendship derived from the most unexpected places.

The Theatre program at Evangel University is a vibrant offering through its Humanities Department.



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.