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'The Last Night of Ballyhoo' to Open May 4
at UW-Eau Claire's Riverside Theatre

RELEASED: April 25, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's production of "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 5-6 and May 10-13, with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7.

"The Last Night of Ballyhoo," by Alfred Uhry, is set in Atlanta, Ga., in December 1939. Although Hitler has invaded Poland and World War II has begun in Europe, Atlanta's elitist German Jews are more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. This bittersweet romantic comedy deals with being Jewish in the south and the prejudices that exist between German-American Jews and "the other kind."

"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. The Los Angeles Times called the play "Achingly beautiful...surprising, luminous and powerful." Uhry is also known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Driving Miss Daisy."

Cast as Adolph Freitag is senior Mark Saienga, Lakeville, Minn. Boo Levy will be played by junior Melissa Briggs, Cottage Grove, Minn., and junior Abbie Williams, Roberts, will play Reba Freitag. Senior Tera Kaminski, Waupaca, is cast as Lala Levy and senior Jennifer Aldridge, Eau Claire, as Sunny Frietag. Senior Michael Evano, Minneapolis, will play the role of Joe Farkas and Peachy Weil will be played by junior John Harrigan, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Terry Allen, professor of theatre arts, is directing the production with junior Helen Bostock, Stanley, serving as assistant director and stage manager. Scenic design was created by senior Ryan Zirngibl, Medford, and his assistant senior Henry Morgan, Eau Claire, who will also serve as operator for the light board. Heidi O'Hare created the costume designs and Brian Hatfield completed the lighting designs. Terry Allen and Art Guilg are the production's sound designers. Freshman Matthew Bartelt, Osseo, is serving as assistant stage manager and junior Ben Seidman, Shorewood, is the props master. The props assistants are Matthew Bartelt and sophomore Megan Ekenstedt, Chippewa Falls.

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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