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University Theatre presents 'Wolf Child' March 16-25

March 13, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU "Theatre for Youth" production of Wolf Child opens Thursday, March 16, and continues through Saturday, March 25. This touching family drama focuses on the struggle of a young boy raised by wolves in the wild to adapt to his adopted human society.

Performances beginning at 7 p.m. are Thursday through Saturday, March 16-18 and March 23-25. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 19. All performances are in the Multiform Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex on the Kalamazoo main campus of Western Michigan University.

A special $3 ticket is available for this production for children ages 12 and younger. Other ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and for WMU faculty and staff, and $5 for WMU students.

"Wolf Child explores a dynamic that I see within myself," says director Rachel Briley of the script. "It's the journey of defining the question 'Who am I?' It explores the idea of who we are as human beings."

Wolf Child is Rachel's second production with the University Theatre, following last season's tremendously successful production of The Yellow Boat. Rachel joined the Department of Theatre in the fall of 1998, after teaching and directing at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She holds her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and has taught at a number of organizations and institutions across the country, including the Filmore Arts Center in Washington, D.C.; the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va.; and Johns Hopkins University.

This production features sophomore Ross Kidder as Joseph, the title character; senior Joseph Jung as the Traveller, the narrator; senior Josh Ryder as the minister who accepts Joseph into his home; sophomore Tiffany LaVoie as his wife and the wolf mother; and sophomore Hilary Hernandez as their daughter Julia and the wolf daughter. A talented production team has joined forces to bring this story to life: Michele Coughlin (costume design); Andrew Nagel (sound design); Tara Ziegler (assistant director); and Patricia Hausmann (stage manager).

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office at 616 387-6222. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and two hours prior to each performance.

Media contact: Shauna Thieman; 616 387-6222; shauna.thieman@wmich.edu

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