Centre to host panel discussion on Wonder Team history
To coincide with the July Pioneer Playhouse staging of “The Wonder Team,” Centre College will host a panel discussion on the history of this gridiron gang that beat the odds and became the best college football team in America. Panelists include Dr. Robert Robertson ’63, author of “The Wonder Team,” a historical look at the 1921 team; Robby Henson, artistic director at Pioneer Playhouse and writer and director of “The Wonder Team” production; and John W. “Buck” Rogers ’68, a cast member and Centre Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
The forum, which is free and open to the community, will take place on Friday, July 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre in the Norton Center for the Arts on Centre’s campus.
“The idea behind the panel is to put the play into context to help viewers better understand it,” says Shawn Lyons, associate vice president for development and alumni affairs.
According to Lyons, Robertson will speak about the team’s accomplishments and their place in that era of American history, while Henson will discuss the process of utilizing sources such as Robertson’s book and developing a script. Rogers, who plays head coach Charley Moran, will discuss what it was like to prepare for the role and how his experience acting in the play may have changed his perceptions of the team. Audience members will then have an opportunity to ask panelists questions, with President John Roush serving as moderator. Robertson will also have complimentary copies of his book available.
The panel discussion also kicks off a special “Wonder Team” event in conjunction with the 2014 Alumni College, which will include a picnic dinner and pep rally at Pioneer Playhouse at 7 p.m., followed by a showing of the play at 8:30 p.m.
by Caitlan Cole