PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



No Refund Theatre Performing ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’

No Refund Theatre, in conjunction with SPA Late-Nite, is showing “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” in the HUB’s Flex Theater this weekend. It has all of the characters you love: Sam, Patrick, Mary Elizabeth, everyone’s favorite pot-dealing buddy Bob, and of course the wallflower himself, Charlie. They all appear just how they did in Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 novel as well as in the 2012 film adaptation.

This is a really special show: the play’s director, Hailey Rohn, was actually able to be a part of the film adaptation of the novel. The movie was filmed at her high school, Peters Township. She even got to meet Steve Chbosky himself. “I saw him and bawled immediately,” she said. “He actually forwarded me to Lionsgate and they allowed me to do the show.”

But Rohn’s adaption of the movie isn’t solely based on the screenplay. She used parts from the movie script and novel to put the show on stage, and was very careful in choosing the right actors to portray the characters that she loves. 

“I’ve read the novel so many times that these characters seem like friends to me,” Rohn said. “There was a lot of pressure to pick the right actors for the characters, but there’s no character where I think I could’ve found someone better.”

The show opens today and runs through Saturday, Nov. 7. Each show is at 9 p.m. in the Flex Theatre. Because the show is being performed by No Refund Theatre, it’s completely free.

We rounded up some shots from the preview last night, hopefully this helps inspire you to attend.

Charlie’s first pot brownie.

“Truth, or Dare?” “Uh…dare.”

When she says, “you’re my boyfriend now” after one date.

“My life is officially an after school special.”

Patrick, Sam, and Charlie are infinite.

If these memorable scenes haven’t convinced you, here’s some more information.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Nick Weiss

Nick is a videographer at OnwardState. He is a sophomore in the College of Communications, studying as a Film & Video major. With most of his experience in documentary film, Nick continues to tell stories at Penn State. Email him [email protected]


Other posts by Nick

[Videos] Meet The Cast Of Penn State Thespians’ “Rock Of Ages”

The Penn State Thespians put on one production per semester. This fall, “Rock of Ages” hits the stage in Schwab Auditorium. Meet the cast.

[Video] David Gaines And Davon Clark: The Power Of W.O.R.D.S.

IAH Film Festival Discusses Climate Justice

Your Best THON 2019 Dancer Mail Call Memories

Some of the feedback we received showed just how creative, motivating, and heartfelt the army of supporters behind the 707 dancers could be.

Your THON 2019 Master Playlist

With more than 500 songs and a run-time of more than 30 hours, this playlist will make it seem like THON never ended.

Send this to a friend