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'The Boxcar Children' to Play
at UW-Eau Claire in April

RELEASED: March 14, 2008

Theatre logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Theatre for Young Audiences' production of "The Boxcar Children," directed by professor of theatre arts Cheryl Starr, will open at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in Kjer Theatre.

Additional performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 4-5 and April 10-12. A matinee is set for 1:30 p.m. April 6. School matinees also are available at 9:30 a.m. April 1, 3, 8 and 10.

"The Boxcar Children," written by Barbara Field, is based on the book series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. After being orphaned and fearing separation, the four Alden children run away to make a new home in an abandoned boxcar. Along the way, the children evade authorities as well as a mysterious stranger. As time passes, the children discover the struggles and rewards of independence as well as the joys of family.

The cast for "The Boxcar Children" includes senior Helen Bostock, Stanley, as Bakery Woman; sophomore Sean Christensen, Wisconsin Rapids, as Big Mike and Mr. Alden; Daniel Devine, Osceola, as Officer Banning; Stephanie Doms, Chanhassen, Minn., as Jessie; Michael DuPont, Green Bay, as Dr. Sam Truman; and Sarah Meddaugh, Madison, as Mrs. Truman. Kendra Raemisch, Verona, will play Sarah Calder; Allison Schoenfeld, Wausau, is Mrs. Alberts; Jennifer Sisko, Elkhorn, is Cookie; and Kathryn Staats, Greendale, is the kid and secretary. Also in the production is Elliot Past, Eau Claire, an eighth-grader from Delong Middle School, playing Henry; and third-graders Braedon Laundrie, Eau Claire, from Locust Lane Elementary, as Benny, and homeschooler Alice Langby as Violet.

Stephanie Unertl, Manitowoc, is the production stage manager. Josh Lang, Milwaukee, is assistant stage manager; Jared Walther, Eau Claire, is assisting with sound designer; and CJ Krueger, Rochester, Minn., is the prop master. Scene and lighting design is by Kevin Gawley; Emily Van Winkle, Brookfield, is the assistant scenic designer; and Arthur Gulig is the sound designer. Costumes were designed by Mallory Prucha-Rishoi, assisted by Brittany Gusho, Milwaukee.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-8932, are $10 for the general public, and $8 for those 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff. Tickets for children under 18 are $6, and UW-Eau Claire students are $5. For more information, please contact Starr at starrcl@uwec.edu or call 836-2284.

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