UE Theatre Opens 2014-15 Season

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2014

The University of Evansville’s Department of Theatre will have a dynamic start to its 2014–15 season with Andrew Lippa’s award-winning musical The Wild Party. The play opens Friday September 26, at 7:30 p.m. in UE’s Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on September 27, October 2, 3, 4, and at 2:00 p.m. on September 28 and October 5.

The setting for The Wild Party is Manhattan during Prohibition. Tempestuous lovers Queenie and Burrs throw a party to end all parties. With a guest list full of colorful characters, the evening of decadence ends in disaster and violence. The Roaring Twenties were fueled with jazz and gin, and Lippa’s award-winning score gives this musical vibrancy and a passionate finale.

The Wild Party is directed by UE professor of theatre R. Scott Lank. It features a nine-person student orchestra, led by musical director Gregory B. Rike, professor of music at UE.

UE associate professor of theatre Eric Renschler is the scenic designer; professor of theatre Patti McCrory is the costume designer; and UE student Sarah Stolnac is the lighting designer.

UE Professor of Theatre Diane Brewer is the dramaturg; and guest artist and UE 2012 alumnus BJ Brooks is the sound designer. UE students Sarah Dory serves as associate scenic designer; and Alexis Richards as associate lighting designer.

UE students Oriana Lada plays Queenie and Robin Coppock portrays Burrs. The cast features UE students Maryam Louise Abdi as Kate and DéYonté Jenkins as Black.

Ticket prices are $17 for adults and $15 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff. UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend. Subscriptions for the four-play Shanklin Theatre season are still available at $44 for adults and $38 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty. In addition to The Wild Party, a season subscription also includes Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Nov. 14 through 23; Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel, Feb. 20 through Mar. 1; and A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, Apr. 17-26.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 812-488-2031, Monday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

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