Berea College Alums Produce Scholarship Performance

Noel and Reb cast

Berea College alumni and former College staff members are performing in “Noel and Reb,” the final play at Berea Arena Theater. The play, a comedy by Paul Nelson Power ’58, is being performed as a tribute to Power’s widow, Barbara Byrd Power ’56.

“The proceeds go to the Paul Nelson Power Scholarship at Berea College in memory of this legendary professor, author and director,” said Eddie Kennedy ’68, who is the founder and producer of Berea Arena Theater. “The scholarship was established in 1998 by students, friends and family to honor his boundless energy and enthusiasm for theatre.”

Kennedy points out that when Power wrote the play he had Kennedy and Mike Ross ’68 in mind for the leading characters. The majority of performers in this tribute production of “Noel and Reb” have close ties to Berea College and many were students of Dr. Power. Kennedy and Chuck Morgan ’67, are cast in the title roles of this production. Other Bereans include Rebecca Ansary Pettys ’68, Barbara Baker ’72, Diane Kerby ’75 and John Stauffer, a former staff member of Student Residential Life. Allison Estes also stars in the play.

Performances run June 6 to 9 at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Berea Arena Theater is located at 1835 Big Hill Rd, Berea, Ky. Call 859-986-9039 for reservations.

The Paul Nelson Power Scholarship provides funds to enable Berea College students to pursue learning opportunities and experiences in the performing arts. Student-initiated projects may include travel, study, apprenticeships and producing or attending performances.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.