WMU News

University Theatre presents Hay Fever

April 6, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- WMU's Department of Theatre presents Noel Coward's classic comedy Hay Fever beginning April 6. Directed by James Daniels, director of theatre performance, this hilarious story depicts the antics of an eclectic 1920s British family and their bewildered weekend guests.

The production opens Thursday, April 6, and runs through Saturday, April 15, in Laura V. Shaw Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8 and April 13-15. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, April 9.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, WMU faculty/staff and non-WMU students, and $5 for WMU students. To purchase tickets call the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office at 616/387-6222 weekdays from noon until 6pm. A First Nighter's Reception sponsored by T.E. Murch's Cafe and Bakery follows the Thursday, April 6, performance. As a service to deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, there is a sign language-interpreted performance on Thursday, April 13.

"This is a delightful, fast-moving, fun comedy," says director James Daniels about the script. "It's Coward's subtle attack on British class structure. He [Coward] was such a personality. He permeated the first half of the 1900s."

Daniels has been with the WMU Department of Theatre for 13 years, during which time he has directed more than 20 University Theatre productions. His most recent projects include Three Sisters; Look Homeward, Angel; School for Scandal, and Flyin' West. During the summer Jim and his wife Pat serve as the co-artistic directors for the Shakespeare Festival at Celery Flats in Portage, Mich.

University Theatre is proud to welcome Russ Smith as a special guest artist. As a Professor Emeritus of Wayne State University, Smith brings his talent and experience to WMU as the scenic designer for Hay Fever.

This production features senior Christopher Webb as David, the patriarch of the Bliss family; junior Katie Foland as Judith, his wife; senior Brian Frank as his son, Simon; senior Suzi Barrett as his daughter, Sorel; and junior Marissa Baldwin as the family maid, Clara. The weekend guests include senior Joseph Calarco as Richard Greatham; senior Deborah Franz as Myra Arundel; sophomore Joseph Schiltz as Sandy Tyrel; and sophomore Erin Sholl as Jackie Coryton. A talented production team finishes out the company: guest artist Russ Smith (scenic design); senior Alan Grudzinski (lighting design); senior Carrie Beth Mossman (costume design); faculty member Matthew Knewtson (sound designer); and senior Paul Kriner (stage manager).

For more information, call the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office at 616 387-6222. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m. and two hours prior to each production.

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

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