Siblings reunited during “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

The theatre department at Morehead State premiered their public showing of Christopher Durang’s comedy play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” on Thursday in Breckenridge’s Lucille Caudill Little Theatre.

“We’re keeping theater alive the best we can. I feel like doing shows here at MSU, we’re keeping it at least in Rowan County and the surrounding counties,” said Logan Wilkerson, who played the character Nina.

“Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is about the relationship of three middle-aged siblings, who all struggled with life and love in different ways.

The play is directed by senior Kenzie Gabbard, who said the message of connection within the play is important for the audience to take home with them.

“I think what we can take away is there’s a point where someone says that we are all so disconnected from life because of social media and all that,” said Gabbard. “I think that will open some people’s eyes.”

The play focused on siblings Vanya and Sonia that received a visit from their famous movie star sister Masha, who financially supported them. Masha is played by freshman Natalie Shoemaker in her first performance at MSU.

“Growing up with theater, I always played comedic roles, and more recently I’ve been having to do more serious roles,” said Shoemaker. “It’s just fun getting back to like, being funny again and actually having like a big, bold personality that sometimes the audience might not like.”

Participating in plays at MSU has allowed Shoemaker to feel as if she has had the opportunity to grow in both her personal life and career.

“It teaches you how to talk to people and how to communicate,” said Shoemaker. “Even if you’re not a strong communicator, your character might be, so you can learn lessons through your character or the deeper meanings in the show.”

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will take place November 10-13 and 17-20.

Tickets for this production can be purchased by calling (606) 783-2170 or by email at mtdboxoffice@moreheadstate.edu. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for all others. Productions are free with ID to MSU students.