October 26, 2022

Shawnee State University’s Musical Theatre program will present “Split Hickory” Nov. 9 – Nov. 12. All performances will be held in the Kahl Studio Theater in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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“Split Hickory” follows Bonnie Leatherwood as she returns home from college to her small Appalachian hometown for Thanksgiving. With her, she brings her partner, Siobhan, who struggles to make a good impression with Bonnie’s family. As Bonnie’s Thanksgiving Break continues, she discovers her once best friend, Faith, is pregnant, and that her ex-boyfriend Carter, is back in town.

Written by Elizabeth Alexander, the show is a brand-new musical that showcases an intimate and honest look into life in small town Appalachia. Alexander, who lived in Scioto County in her middle school and high school years, is the author of the music, lyrics, and book of the production. The content looks into the lives of its characters involved in the opioid epidemic, political differences, and all things Appalachian. The SSU Musical Theatre program will be presenting the first showing of the musical for the world to see.

“Split Hickory” will be performed Nov. 9 – Nov. 12. The Thursday, Nov. 10 show is currently sold out and the other showings have limited tickets available due to venue size of the Kahl Studio Theater. Tickets for “Split Hickory” are available online at or at the McKinley Box Office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased via telephone call at (740) 351-3600. Ticket prices for the show are $12.00 for standard and $8.00 for those 18 and under.

For more information on the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts upcoming shows, visit or call the McKinley Box Office at (740) 351-3600.