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UW-Eau Claire Theatre to Present
Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’

 MAILED:  Dec. 2, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will present Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” directed by Dr. Terry Allen, professor of music and theatre arts, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and 9-13 at the Kjer Theatre.

“The Seagull” is the play that established Anton Chekhov as an important and revolutionary dramatist, and this production is based on the new translation by Tom Stoppard. The story takes place in the country and features three main characters. The famous actress Irina Arkadina, played by senior Kelly Lee Kriesel, Madison, presides over a household ripe with desperate love, with dreams of success and the dread of failure. Her son, Konstantin, played by freshman Jonathan Story, Superior, shoots a seagull one day, and the novelist Trigorin, played by sophomore Mark Saienga, Lakeville, Minn., writes the story of the seagull that was so casually killed. But it is actually Nina, the seagull, played by junior Jennifer Aldridge, Eau Claire, whose life to come will rewrite the story.

Other cast members include junior Paul Bleier, Wautoma, as Dorn; junior Joseph Dauer, Mound, Minn., as Shamrayev; junior Bria Fraundorf, Antigo, as Masha; junior Leahkim Gannett, Pepin, as the Cook; senior Elizabeth Hoffert, Marion, as Paulina; senior Brian Thomas Johnson, Faribault, Minn., as Yakov; junior Daniel Largent, Mondovi, as Medvedenko; senior Yulisa Linn, Chinadega, Nicaragua, as the housemaid; and sophomores Thomas Manville, Winchester, U.K., and Steven J. Davis, West Allis, as workmen.

Sophomore Bria Hotchkiss, Chippewa Falls, is the stage manager and assistant director; senior Brian Benson, Rhinelander, is the props consultant; and senior Kelly Mariska, Maple Grove, Minn., is the scenic designer. Junior Christopher Nimm, Rice Lake, is the assistant lighting designer, junior Sara Olson, Mukwonago, is the props designer; sophomore Anthony Frick, Darlington, is the assistant stage manager, and senior Paul Barnes, Little Falls, Minn., is the gangerman.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public; $7 for those 62 and older, $6 for children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $5 for students with a university ID.


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Updated: December 2, 2003