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'Later Life' To Open
June 12 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: June 11, 1998|
The 1998 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Summer Theatre season will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, in Kjer Theatre with A.R. Gurney's play "Later Life."
A romantic comedy about two middle-aged people who happen to meet at a party 30 years after a romance together, "Later Life" stars two UW-Eau Claire alumni and is directed by 1981 UW-Eau Claire graduate Merlaine Angwall.
"It's a sort of reunion and a time to reminisce," company director Cheryl Starr said of the play.
Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. through June 13 and 17-20 and at 1:30 p.m. June 14, 20 and 21. All performances are in Kjer Theatre.
For the alumni actors Lois Hodgins and A.R. Moss, it's also a trip down memory lane.
"It's fun being on the stage in Kjer again," 1979 alumna Hodgins said. "It really takes me back."
Hodgins said it was enjoyable to work with people from her college days and it was a chance to relax from her job in group sales at Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre of Eau Claire.
"At Fanny Hill I'm involved in everything from costume design to sets," she said. "It's nice just to act."
Besides the chance to reflect on their own lives, audience members are in for other pleasures, Starr said.
"One thing that is really entertaining is that throughout the whole play the party guests continue to interrupt the couple," she said.
The catch is that all the party guests are played by only four actors.
"For the audience it's a real treat to see how the actors can create all these different characters," Starr said. "It presents a real acting challenge, and the characters are all rather eccentric so it becomes a rather comic element in the play."
This summer's season is a blend of three different styles. In addition to "Later Life," the company also is performing the children's play "Ramona Quimby" and the old-fashioned melodrama, "Only an Orphan Girl."
"It's a really strong community outreach for the university," Starr said of Summer Theatre productions. "We have our regular theater supporters, but we're also bringing in a whole different group of people like tourists in the area and others who are just looking for some light entertainment."
Tickets are $8 for the public, $7 for senior citizens and non-UW-Eau Claire students or $6 with a UW-Eau Claire ID. For more ticket information, call the UW-Eau Claire Service Center at (715) 836-3727.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 16, 1998