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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Waynesville High School students to put on T.S. Eliot play

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  •    The Waynesville High School speech and theatre department, as well as Thespian Troupe 1669 will be performing T.S. Elliot’s Murder at the Cathedral this weekend.
       The performances will be held at the Waynesville High School theatre Friday through Sunday.
       The play is set in medieval England and tells the story of the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, by four knights who believe they are carrying out the wishes of King Henry II.
       Becket and King Henry II, who had been close friends, had a falling out due  to a difference in opinion about the way Britain should be governed.
       Becket left England for several years, spending time in France trying to raise support for his cause and seeking an audience with the Pope.
       The king eventually officially reconciled with Becket, but their personal relationship was not mended which sets the stage for Becket’s murder.
       The play is by T.S. Eliot, originally a St. Louis, Missouri native, famous for his  literary contributions in poetry and theater.
       It was commissioned for the Canterbury Festival in England and is considered a religious drama. The play features a chorus that helps fill in the back story and move the plot along.
    Event details
    When: Nov. 15, 16, and 17
    Where: Waynesville High School theatre.
    Tickets: $5 for adults, $4 for high school and middle school students, $3 for children, and a special $3 discount for senior citizens at the Sunday afternoon performance.
    Time: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday
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