Theatre students to showcase work in one-act festival v

FOR RELEASE
2009-04-27
Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University juniors Alicia Bonham and Matthias Austin will present the annual One-Act Play Festival at 7:30 p.m. on May 1-2 in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The student-directed plays are the final and largest assignment of their Acting II class, though the cast features theatre and non-theatre students alike. The public is invited to attend. General admission is $2.


Alicia Bonham
“Am I Blue”

Student director Alicia Bonham will present “Am I Blue,” a play written by Beth Henley. Sometimes wildly funny, sometimes gently affecting, the play tells the story of the chance encounter between John Polk Richards, a freshman frat boy, and Ashbe Williams, who lives with her absent father. It follows the lessons they learn through each other, through what starts off as a random meeting and develops into a meaningful friendship.

Cast

Director: Alicia Bonham, a junior theatre performance major from Upland, Ind.

John Polk Richards: Glen Pearson, a sophomore theatre performance major from Naperville, Ind.

Ashbe Williams: Kate Smith, a freshman theatre performance major from Centerville, Ohio

Hilda: Hayley Johnson, a senior English major from Fort Wayne, Ind.


Matthias Austin
“Check, Please”

Student director Matthias Austin will present the episodic comedy, “Check, Please,” by Jonathan Rand. The play surrounds the antics that ensue when two everyday, well-intentioned people find themselves amongst a series of extraordinary dates in their search for a decent relationship. Each date gets progressively worse and more ridiculous, and it takes them a slew of bad starts to finally find each other in this crazy world.

Cast

Director: Matthias Austin, a junior theatre performance major from Wheaton, Ill.

Guy: Eric Geders, a junior broadcasting major from Huntington, Ind.

Girl: Samantha Freeman, a sophomore theatre performance major from Portland, Ind.

Louis: Joel Cooper, a freshman theatre performance major from Indianapolis, Ind.

Melanie: Bethany Edlund, a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ken: Miles Allen, a freshman film studies major from Roscoe, Ill.

Mary: Mary Russell, a sophomore theatre performance major from Columbia, Mo.

Mark: Andrew Edmonds, a junior theatre design and technology major from Beloit, Wis.

Pearl: Courtney Swenson, a sophomore theatre performance major from Landenberg, Pa.

Tod: Matthew Cable, a junior youth ministries major from Biglerville, Pa.

Sophie: Abi Allwein, a senior theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Brandon: Ryan Schnurr, a freshman communication studies major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Linda: Hayley Johnson, a senior English major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Manny: Joel Reichenbach, a junior youth ministries major from Bluffton, Ohio.

Mimi: Lucy Luedeke, a freshman theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.


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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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