Local BU student heads in direction of St. Louis

Date:  February 25, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— A local Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student believes St. Louis is the best place to start for high school students who need direction. So Douglas Hewlett of Bloomsburg, a senior majoring in theatre arts and education, is directing Bloomsburg High School’s production of “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

The Bloomsburg High School graduate volunteered for two years while attending the school and acted as assistant director last year.

“It’s a privilege to work with the students and faculty, and they’ve been very supportive of my class schedule and exams,” said Hewlett.

Hewlett believes that he is taking what he has learned at BU and applying it to his experience at the high school. “It’s preparing me for real life, it’s student interaction and I think it will make me more marketable after I graduate,” Hewlett said.

The high school is preparing for the production of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” best known as the 1944 musical romantic comedy staring Judy Garland. Hewlett and others selected the piece over the summer after comparing the students this year with the demands and plays of past years.

“We like to give students a variety. It gives them experience in different productions and lets them see their abilities and build confidence,” said Hewlett.

“Meet Me in St. Louis” will debut Thursday, March 3, and continue through Saturday, March 5, at the Bloomsburg High School. Show times are 7:30 every evening and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students. Matinee prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.