|SLU THEATRE KICKS OFF SEASON WITH “OUR TOWN”
HAMMOND – Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer
Prize winner “Our Town” is the first production of the 2002-2003 season
by the Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre.
The play, directed by Southeastern
faculty member Kay M. Files, will be presented October 8 through 12 during
Fanfare, Southeastern’s celebration of the arts. The 7:30 p.m. production
will be the inaugural performance in the reopening of the extensively renovated
Vonnie Borden Theatre on Southeastern’s Hammond campus.
Wilder’s American classic presents
a nostalgic and beautiful look at small town life in 1901 America, allowing
the audience glimpses of two families, the Gibbses and Webbs. With the
families’ interaction, and their bond through the love of two members,
Wilder shows the pattern of life and the shame of taking it for granted
and not appreciating every moment of every day.
Starring in the Southeastern
production are: Jacob Zeringue of Bogalusa, as Dr. Gibbs; Kelly Stone of
Baton Rouge as Mrs. Gibbs; Anthony Long of Baton Rouge as Mr. Webb; Tiffany
Long of Baton Rouge as Mrs. Webb; Betsy Mayeux of Baton Rouge as Emily;
and Daniel Thomas of Ponchatoula as George. Theatre alumnae Jeff
Polito of Mandeville will be a guest star as The Stage Manager.
Other cast members include Lee
Jeansonne, Dustin Diaz, Casey Saba and David Prejeant, Covington; Natalie
Austin, Betty Turner, Erin Klein and Elsie Mae Rogers, Ponchatoula;
Lauren Faraone, Sean Gasser, Lauren Folks and Derek Barnes, Baton Rouge;
Sean Curry, Hahnville; Rusty Gregoire, Pumpkin Center; Terrance Walker,
Loranger; Anastasia Wesley & Darce’ Dorsey, New Orleans; and Kristi
LeJeune, Joseph Luna, Ben Norman, and Rachel Lee, Hammond.
Theatre faculty members Steve
Schepker and Robin Steptoe will design the setting, lighting and period
costumes and senior Jonathan Stelly is the stage manager.
“Our Town” is said to be the
most widely produced and beloved play in the U.S., a favorite appropriate
for all ages. The New York Times called it “beautiful and remarkable--one
of the wisest, warmest and most deeply human scripts ever written......A
Tickets for “Our Town” will be
available at the Vonnie Borden Theatre box office in D Vickers Hall beginning
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 1 and at 6 p.m. on performance days. Tickets
may also be obtained by calling the box office at 985-549-2115.
Tickets are $5 general admission;
$3 for students, faculty & staff, and senior citizens, and admission
is free for all Southeastern students with valid ID. All seating
is reserved. For more information, contact Files at 985-549-3546. For more
information on Fanfare, visit www.selu.edu/fanfare
or call 985-543-4366.