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Students to Perform
'The Reluctant Dragon'
MAILED: March 20, 2000|
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences will perform the play "The Reluctant Dragon," which was adapted by Mary Hall Surface from the book by Kenneth Grahame.
The play opens at 10 a.m. April 4 in Kjer Theatre. School performances will continue at 10 a.m. April 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20. Additional performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. April 13-15 and 1:30 p.m. April 15-16.
The play takes the audience on a journey to the medieval village of Guildermere, England, where the villagers are blaming the dragon for dying crops and sour milk. Unbeknownst to the villagers, the dragon is a peace-loving, poetry-spouting dragon who would prefer a cup of tea to a battle. One young child in this village has befriended the dragon and when St. George arrives, the dragon and the child face quite a challenge.
Sophomore Matt Rightmire, Medford, will play the dragon and senior Ben Richgruber, Sparta, will play St. George.
Gwyneth, the child who befriends the dragon, will be played by two Eau Claire children: Julie Brown, a fourth-grader, and Hannah Starr, a third-grader.
Senior Danielle Diener, Eau Claire, will play Gwyneth's mother Darby, and junior Brian Benson, Superior, will play Woolchester, Gwyneth's father.
Also performing in the play is senior Sarah Anona Glader, Spring Lake Park, Minn., sophomore Steve Wilson, McFarland, and freshmen Gretchen Hunsberger, Little Suamico, and Joshua Paffel, Spooner.
Dr. Cheryl Starr, associate professor of music and theatre arts, will direct the play, and senior Tracy Phelps, Coon Rapids, Minn., will be the assistant director and stage manager.
William F. Mellien, professor of music and theatre arts, will be the scenic designer. Junior Beth Janetski, River Falls, will be the play's lighting designer, and senior Carissa Trumble, Cushing, will be the costume designer.
Junior Jessica Else, Rochester, Minn., will be the choreographer, and sophomore Emily McPeck, Clayton, is in charge of props.
Arthur Gulig, technical director for University Theatre, will do the sound, and Deb Brown, an Eau Claire puppeteer and artist, will design and construct the dragon.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, children 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students with a university ID. For youth groups the cost is $2.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 20, 2000