Huntington University to present 'Royal Cricket'

Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Theatre Company will present “The Royal Cricket of Japan” on April 12, 13, and 14.

“The Royal Cricket of Japan” is an engaging fantasy for children and adults. The story follows the adventures of Osee, the Royal Cricket Keepers’ son, as he journeys to find the Royal Cricket of Japan. Whoever holds the Royal Cricket will become emperor, and Kuda, the Royal Executioner, has a deceptive plan to gain control of the empire. Osee must shrink down to the size of the smallest bug and encounter the Tumblebug, Butterfly and even some Spiders as he searches for the Royal Cricket.

Directed by Mike Burnett, the “Royal Cricket of Japan” will delight children and adults of all ages.

Show times for “Royal Cricket of Japan” will be 7:30 p.m. on April 12 and 13, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on April 14. All presentations will be featured in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students, $9 for Huntington University faculty and staff, $6 for children 13 and younger, and $5 for Huntington University students.

All Huntington County Community School Corporation elementary schools have been invited to enjoy the educational matinees at no charge on April 12 and 13 at 9:30 a.m.

To purchase tickets, contact the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261.


Royal Story Teller: Dana Frick, a senior vocal performance major from Kendallville, Ind.

Royal Cricket Keeper: Matthias J. Austin, a freshman theatre performance major from Wheaton, Ill.

Osee: Katie Geders, a freshman elementary and special education major from Huntington, Ind.

Ahpoo: Peter Owens, a freshman history education major from Indianapolis, Ind.,

Kuda: Jenn Miller, a senior theatre and psychology double major from Berkeley, Ill.

Poops: Cara Joy Bussis, a sophomore theatre performance major from Holland, Mich.

Emperor: Ryan Yoder, a freshman theatre major from Hoagland, Ind.

Butterfly: Rebekah Liston, a senior theatre performance major from Columbus, Mich.

Lady Bug/Musician: Abigal Allwein, a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ant/Musician: Meghan McClaine, a sophomore theatre education major from Greencastle, Ind.

Ant/Musician: Cassandra Quinn, a junior sociology major from Bedford, Ind.

Ant/Musician: Alicia Bonham, a freshman theatre education major from Upland, Ind.

Musician/Understudy: Christa Azbell, a freshman theatre performance major from Gahanna, Ohio


Director: Prof. Mike Burnett, chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts

Assistant Director: Justin Miller, a junior English education major from Parker, Col.

Assistant Assistant Director: Conner Burnett, a second grader at Flint Springs Elementary School, son of Mike and Ella Burnett of Huntington, Ind.

Production Stage Manger: Kristen Lynn Kohaut, a junior theatre performance major from Hackettstown, N.J.

Assistant Stage Manager: Chris Betz, a senior theatre performance major from Blissfield, Mich.

Scenic/Costume Designer: Prof. Ella Burnett, adjunct professor of theatre

Lighting Designer: Brad DeYoung, a junior theatre design major from Lansing, Ill.

Sound Designer: Terry Hurst, a junior theatre performance major with a directing concentration from Rochester, Ind.

Props Master: Kari Clark, a senior theatre design major from Columbus, Ind.

Technical Director: Andrew Edmonds, a freshman theatre design major from Beloit, Wis.

Assistant Costume Designer: Bekah Posegate, a sophomore theatre education major from Lake Villa, Ill. 
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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