Huntington theatre presents Moliere’s The Miser

FOR RELEASE
2003-02-18
Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College theatre department will present Moliere’s The Miser, a play about the confusion between love and money, on February 27, 28, and March 1. The curtain opens at 8:00 p.m., each night in the main auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

In a dilapidated old mansion, the story of Harpagon (a crotchety old miser) and his family unfolds. Harpagon's daughter, Elise, is in love with Valere, a young man of noble parentage separated from his family and working as a servant in her father's house. Harpagon's son, Cleante, also is in love and has given his heart to Marianne, a poor but virtuous girl from the country.

Cleante and Marianne decide to tell Harpagon of their engagement, but as they are on the verge of their disclosures, Harpagon reveals he has a couple of his own announcements. First, Harpagon has decided to remarry. His betrothed is a girl from the country named Marianne. Second, Harpagon has accepted a suitor for Elise's hand, a wealthy but elderly gentleman named Anselme. The children are flabbergasted by Harpagon's revelations and confusion reigns until fate intervenes to reunite family and lovers.

The cast includes:

HARPAGON - Dan Olson, a junior theatre-performance major from Shullsburg, Wis.
FROSINE - Evelyn White, a senior theatre-design major from Knox, Ind.
CLEANTE - Jed Hutchison, a senior theatre-performance major from Benton, Maine
VALERE - Ashley Fox, a junior social studies education major from Roanoke, Ind.
ELISE - Stephanie Hoekenga, a freshman elementary education major from Wheaton, Ill.
MARIANNE - Mandy Bailey, a freshman theatre-performance major from Huntington, Ind.
COMMISSIONER - Noah Varness, a junior theatre-performance major from Morris, Ill.
JACQUES- Pete Fairchild, a senior theatre-performance major from Huntington, Ind.
LA FLECHE - Drew Wutke, a junior music choral education major from Girard, Kan.
COUNT ANSLEME/SIMON - J. Scott Grinstead, a junior theatre-performance major from Dunbar, W.V.
The production team includes:

DIRECTOR - Jeffery Moore (guest director)
STAGE MANAGER - Josh Scott, a junior theatre-design major from Eagle, Wis.
ASST. STAGE MANAGER - Leah Coon, a senior English education major from Sand Creek, Mich.
SCENIC DESIGNER/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Prof. Mike Burnett
ASST. SCENIC DESIGNER - Kathy Thorn, a sophomore theatre-design major from Columbus, Ohio
LIGHTING DESIGNER - Justin Geiger, a junior music composition major from Huntington, Ind.
SOUND DESIGNER - Matt Pillar, a junior theatre-design major from Columbus, Ind.
COSTUME DESIGN – Prof. Paula Trimpey
ASST. COSTUME DESIGNER - Lynette Lambert, a junior theatre-design major from Bluffton, Ind.
The performance is open to the public. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and students. For more information call the MCA box office at (260) 359-4261.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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