March 28, 2011

Theater Production Showcases Work of 25 Undergraduates

Our Town posterCase Western Reserve University’s Eldred Theater continues its 2010-11 drama series with Our Town, the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 play by Thornton Wilder. The undergraduate-driven show will run April 8-17.

Our Town tells the story of the inhabitants of Grover’s Corners. It’s a heart-warming tale of an idealized Americana that explores the increasingly elusive meaning of community.

The 24-member undergraduate ensemble is directed by Catherine Albers, professor and director of undergraduate studies for the theater department at CWRU. Lecturer Ben Needham led the scenic and lighting design, Jasen Smith, also a lecturer, designed the costumes, and sound designer Matt Eckstein, an undergraduate student, rounds out the design team. The ensemble comprises Tyler Babcock, Nik Bauer, Stephen Berg, Beau Buccilli, Tom Burke, Aaron Byers, Andrew C. Deike, Eliana Fabiyi, Brian Hayt, Andy Heckman, Mika Little, Andrew Lund, Tana Marquez, Matt Mauer, Kelly McCready, Grace Mitri, Zac Olivos, Kelly Opalko, Kamron Palmer, Kelsey Petersen, Nick Pilla, Rita Sirianni, Erin Wendell and Hillary Wheelock.

Our Town is a landmark and evocative play and holds a unique place in our country's rich theatrical heritage, but I am drawn to the play because of the beauty of the language and the timelessness of the relationships. Young or old, male or female, we see our lives in this movement of the people of Grover's Corners,” Albers said.

Performances will be April 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on April 10 and 17 at 2:30 p.m. Eldred Theater is located on the CWRU Quad behind Millis Science Center.

General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and CWRU personnel, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations or information, call the box office for the department of theater and dance at 216.368.6262.

For more information, contact Keli Schimelpfenig, manager of performing arts marketing and events at 216.368.1160.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, March 28, 2011 09:22 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences

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