Theatre Drama Opens Eyes at Clinic

by Natalia Kirychuk, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University theatre students joined others in a drama written by Rebecca Baker, associate professor of theatre, for more than 700 people at the Pregnancy Resource Clinic’s (PRC) fall fundraising event on Oct. 28. 

Junior theatre major Gabrielle Bauman from Springfield, Ohio; sophomore theatre student Ranae Haskins from Marengo, Illinois; freshman English and Spanish student Nicole Terrell from Xenia, Ohio; Brittney Oliver, daughter of Cedarville professor Patrick Oliver; and Baker all performed.
The drama, titled “Grace Changes Lives,” was based on real clients and their stories. During the summer, Baker spent time at PRC and sat in on numerous counseling sessions, listened to stories from the volunteers and workers at the clinic and chose several as inspiration for a short drama with names and details changed.

“The goal of the drama was to help people see young women – like the ones who visit the clinic – up close and personal and to help viewers understand more about women’s lives as they try to make hard decisions,” Baker said.

PRC is based in Springfield, Ohio, and offers a number of resources to the Clark County area including pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, education on options after pregnancy and parenting classes. The clinic provides answers based on sound medical knowledge to help their clients make informed decisions about their pregnancies and partners with physicians, adoption centers, drug rehabilitation facilities and churches to provide the best care for clients.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.