Huntington University to present 'Shakesperience!'

Huntington, Ind.—Many scholars agree that the closest thing to Shakespearean productions in the modern theatre is the musical. Dr. Jack Wann, former chairman of the Theatre Department at Northwestern State University, La., has taken this idea to heart and has developed a simple concept show that fuses the musical theatre of today with the lively and robust theatre of Elizabethan England to produce “Shakesperience!”

Christopher Betz and Sharon Voss
Wann will lead students in developing a fully mounted production presented as the first show of the Huntington University Theatre Company's spring semester.

For Jack Wann, directing at Huntington University is coming full circle. His father, John Wann, attended Huntington University (then Huntington College) in the 1930s. Now Wann will direct "Shakesperience!" alongside his former student and Huntington University assistant professor of theatre, David Shamburger.

Show times will be 7:30 p.m. on February 16 and 17, 2006, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on February 18, 2006. All shows will be featured in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors and Huntington University faculty and staff, and $4 for University students.

For ticket reservations or more information, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts box office at (260) 359-4261 or log on to

The cast includes

Christopher Betz, a junior theatre performance major from Blissfield, Mich.

Dana Frick, a senior music performance major from Kendallville, Ind.

Jon Huffman, a freshman theatre major from Traverse City, Mich.

David Magnus
Matthew Kaestner, a freshman youth ministries major from Paynesville, Minn.

Kristen Kohaut, a sophomore theatre performance major from Hackettstown, N.J.

Keeley Lewis, a sophomore theatre performance major from Manchester, Iowa.

David Magnus, a senior computer science major from Ontario, Canada

Amber Patrick, a senior theatre performance major from Columbus, Ohio

Deanna Repic, a freshman theatre performance major from Aliquippa, Penn.

Rebecca Rodgers, a senior theatre performance and design double major from Lincoln, Ill.

Sharon Voss, a senior theatre performance and psychology double major from Villa Park, Ill.

The production staff includes

Directors: Dr. Jack Wann and Prof. David Shamburger

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

Music Director: Drew Wutke, a 2005 alumnus from Girard, Kan., with a bachelor's degree in choral education

Choreographer: Kristi Shamburger, adjunct faculty member for Huntington University

Production Stage Manager: Hannah Krauskopf, a junior educational ministries major from Huntington, Ind.

cenic Design: Bradley DeYoung, a sophomore theatre design major from Lansing, Ill.

Lighting Design: Zarin Barnes, senior theatre design major from Peru, Ind.

Costume Design: Laura Feldner, a junior educational ministries and family & children’s ministries major

Sound Design: Jeffrey Blossom, a senior film studies major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Assistant Director: Rebekah Posegate, a freshman theatre education major from Lake Villa, Ill.

Assistant Stage Manager: Cara Bussis, a freshman theatre performance major from Holland, Mich.

Properties Master: Rebekah Bachman, a junior theatre performance major from Columbus, Mich.

Assistant Lighting/Master Electrician: Kari Clark, a junior theatre design major from Columbus, Ind.

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Media personnel interested in taking photos of a dress rehearsal of “Shakesperience!” are welcome to do so at the following dates and times:

Monday, February 6, 2006 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 9, 2006, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2006, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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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) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.  


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