Foundation breakfast to present 'Gift of the Magi'

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2007-11-28
"Della" (Abigail Allwein) and "Jim" (Tory Nelson) share a heartwarming moment.
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Theatre Ensemble will present scenes from “The Gift of the Magi” at the Huntington University Foundation’s Dec. 12 breakfast.

The public is cordially invited to attend. The breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m., in the Habecker Dining Commons and conclude by 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $6 per person. First-time attendees to the breakfast series eat free. Breakfast meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. For more information, please contact the Huntington University Foundation at (260) 359-4066.

“The Gift of the Magi” tells the story of “Della” and “Jim,” a young married couple with very little money who scrimp for everything. On the day before Christmas, Della counts the money she has painstakingly saved for months. She is dismayed to find she has less than $2, hardly enough to buy anything at all. After a good cry, Della determines to find a way to buy Jim the present he deserves. As she looks into a mirror, an idea comes to her. A heart-warming story whose moral reminds us that physical possessions, however valuable they may be, are of little value in the grand scheme of things. The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is far greater than any of their possessions.

“The Gift of the Magi” will be directed by Alicia Bonham, a sophomore theatre education major from Upland, Ind.

Cast and crew include the following:

Abigail Allwein, “Della," a junior theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Tory Nelson, “Jim,” a sophomore digital media arts major from Granger, Ind.

Alicia Bonham, director, a sophomore theatre education major from Upland, Ind.

Brad DeYoung, lighting designer, a senior theatre design and technology major from Lansing, Ill.

Mary Russell, accompanist, a freshman theatre performance major from Columbia, Mo.

Nathan Martin, scenic designer, a freshman theatre design major from Logansport, Ind.

Samantha Freeman, stage manager, a freshman theatre performance major from Portland, Ind.

Melissa Waaland, props master, a freshman theatre performance major from Findlay, Ohio

This production is made possible through the Huntington University Theatre Ensemble, a student-led theatre company sponsored by the Huntington University Department of Theatre Arts. The members are as follows:

Deanna Repic, artistic director, a junior theatre performance major from Aliquippa, Penn.

Meghan McClaine, production manager, a junior theatre education major from Greencastle, Ind.

Rebekah Posegate, business manager, a junior theatre education major from Lake Villa, Ill.

Abigail Allwein, public relations, a junior theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jon Huffman, educational manager, a junior theatre major from Traverse City, Mich.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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