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Cast Announced for Children's Production
Of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
MAILED: April 3, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences' production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's play, opens Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Kjer Theatre on the UW-Eau Claire campus.
Additional performances are slated for April 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 and 7 at 1:30 p.m. All performances will be held in Kjer Theatre.
This musical version of Shakespeare's famous play was adapted for young audiences by Shakespeare 4 Kidz, a British educational theatre company.
Dr. Cheryl Starr, associate professor of music and theatre arts, will direct the performance and Jody Sekas, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, will provide scenic and lighting design. Linda Lockman from Minneapolis will design the costumes and community member Gloria Fant will provide musical direction.
Five area fourth and fifth graders will perform in this production. Sofia Majstorovic will play the fairy Peaseblossom, McKenzie Devine will play the fairy Moth, and Hannah Starr will play the fairy Cobweb. Kia Vue will play the fairy Mustard Seed, and Christian Dillenbeck will play an Indian prince.
The cast includes 13 UW-Eau Claire students. Steve Wilson, a senior from McFarland, will play Lysander, Benjamin Linhoff, a sophomore from Bloomington, Minn., will play Demetrius, and junior Anna Figlesthaler, Bayside, will play Helena.
Senior Matthew Rightmire, Medford, will play the roles of Theseus and Oberon, and junior Joshua Paffel, Spooner, will play the role of Puck. Mark Lee, a freshman from Menasha, will play Snug, and freshman Briana Hardyman, Darlington, will be Peter Quince.
Sophomores Katie Eyre, Wausau, will be Snout, and Sara Danke, Wales, will play the roles of Blubell and Philostrate. Junior Sarah Bohlman, Madison, will play Starveling, and senior Brian Benson, Rhinelander, will be Bottom.
Junior Amanda Schumacher, Marinette, will play the roles of Titania and Hippolyta, while sophomore Adam Roub, St. Paul, will play Egeus and Thisbe.
Chandra LaViolette, a senior from Manitowoc, will serve as the assistant director and stage manager; Kelly Kriesel, a sophomore from Madison, will do makeup design; and junior Maria Blume, Marathon, will provide accompaniment throughout the production.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $8 for the general public; $6 for those 62 and older; $3 for children 17 and younger; and $5 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff with a university ID. Group rates are available. Contact the University Service Center for more information.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 3, 2002