The cast of the five, one-act plays, features, from left to right: Tessa McShane of Louisville, Ky., Elizabeth Tock of Terre Haute, Shawn Franklin of Louisville, Ky., Emily Bumgardner of Rockville and Dakota McCoy of Chesterton.
The cast of the five, one-act plays, features, from left to right: Tessa McShane of Louisville, Ky., Elizabeth Tock of Terre Haute, Shawn Franklin of Louisville, Ky., Emily Bumgardner of Rockville and Dakota McCoy of Chesterton.
The Rivers Institute Traveling Theatre at Hanover College will make several stops in the Madison area this summer with its Five Short Plays program.

The five, one-act plays are written and directed by Hanover College students.

"Ghost Light," by Chyna Cheaney, features a young boy who conquers the fear that keeps him from pursuing his dreams with the help of two great Hoosier performers from the heyday of vaudeville.

"The Everything Store," by Kayla Snabl, is about a store that sells everything and where wishes just might come true - no matter what you wish for.

"Rex Stout Rings Again," by James Wylder, is about Hoosier author Rex Stout, who finds himself caught in a mystery straight out of one of his novels. He has to solve the case and clear his name.

"Waiting for the Universe," by Korby Reed, is about two scientists waiting for a signal from space that will determine once and for all the place of Earth in the universe.

"Crosier in Arcadia," by Tom Evans, is the story of Sidney Crosier, who abandoned a promising art career in Cincinnati and the opportunity to study in Europe to take care of his aging mother in Corydon. Crosier continued painting until his death in 1930. This excerpt shows Crosier's creativity extending to his materials as well as his techniques.

The cast includes Emily Bumgardner, Shawn Franklin, Dakota McCoy, Tessa McShane, and Elizabeth Tock. The plays are directed by Brandon Derk and Gray Schierholdt and the state and tour manager is Kimberly Reeves.

The tour begins this weekend and continues through Aug. 8.

The group will perform at The Hoosier Theater in Vevay on Saturday at 7 p.m., at the New Richmond Riverfest on June 22 at 5 p.m., and at the Princeton Public Library on June 23 at 6 p.m.

The troupe will perform at the Jefferson County Public Library Madison branch on June 28 at 2 p.m. and on June 30 at 6:30 p.m.

They also will perform at the Carnegie Center for Arts and History in New Albany July 15 at noon, the Thornton Terrace Health Campus July 17 at 2 p.m., the Heritage Village Museum in Sharonville, Ohio, July 31 and The Commons Columbus on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.