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Dunbar teen to perform in 'Villains' at St. Vincent

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 3:36 p.m.
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Cast members of St. Vincent College's student-run theater group, 'The Company,' rehearse the musical number 'Cell Block Tango' from the musical 'Chicago' for their performance this weekend of the original cabaret 'Villains.' From left are Catherine Bellich, Cranberry Township; Maggie Bahm, North East; Noelle Patrick, Patton; Evan Hrobak, Spring Church; Kyli Stoner, Dunbar; Joshua Gongaware, Irwin; and Elise Rizzo, Somerset.

When St. Vincent College's student-run theater group, “The Company,” takes the stage this weekend, Kyli Stoner will get to unleash her dark side in “Villains.”

Stoner, 19, of Dunbar is a sophomore at the college in Latrobe, double majoring in history and politics, and has been performing in shows since she was in fifth grade.

She also is a former voice student of Kelly Bell of Connellsville.

“I love performing because I completely transform on stage and can be anyone I want to be. I especially love ‘Villains' because it's always fun to challenge yourself and to be the bad guy,” Stoner said.

Director Theresa Naph of Pittsburgh, also a student at St. Vincent, said the show is an original cabaret that includes songs from 21 different musicals, including “Assassins,” “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Annie,” just to name a few.

“There are a broad range of musicals from the well-known shows to the not-so-well-known shows,” Naph said. “We've taken some of the villains and antagonists from each show and there is a theme throughout it. We have two emcees who guide the show along and they talk about what makes someone a villain and are they really that bad and it challenges the audience to really think about that.”

Stoner will appear in two numbers in the original musical composite titled “Villains.” She will portray Mrs. Meers in the musical number “They Don't Know” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and she will also portray Six in the “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago.”

“My favorite song to perform is ‘Cell Block Tango' because it is a dance-intensive number and I can't wait to showcase the amount of talent that is in the song. There are a few surprises tucked into the number that will have the audience impressed,” Stoner said.

Naph described Stoner's performance in rehearsals for the show as amazing.

“She brings such charisma and the talent that she has is just phenomenal,” Naph said.

The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center at the college.

Admission is free for all performances, but freewill donations will be accepted. No reservations are required. Seating is general admission. Doors will open one-half hour before each performance.

“The audience will love the variety in the show. Even though we're the bad guys, it's such a light-hearted show that's comical. I hope the audience feeds off of our energy on stage so everybody has a great time,” Stoner said.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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