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University Theatre throwing "Wild Party"

Feb. 13, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Is your relationship in a rut? Throw a party to liven it up! That's what Queenie and Burrs do in the decadent musical "The Wild Party," running Feb 16 through Feb. 25 at the Multiform Theatre in Western Michigan University's Gilmore Theatre Complex.

Performances of "The Wild Party" are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18 and 23-25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Seating is by general admission. An opening night reception sponsored by Millennium Restaurant Group will take place after the Thursday, Feb. 16, performance.

Andrew Lippa's "The Wild Party" premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 to significant critical acclaim. It is a misbehaving musical that mixes the passion and violence of romance gone wrong into a 1920s flapper setting. Jay Berkow, WMU assistant professor of theatre, directs the production, and brings the already-vivid story and songs, including "Raise the Roof" and "Maybe I Like It This Way," to full color.

"The Wild Party" contains adult language and situations throughout, and is suitable for mature audiences only.

University Theatre's Jamie Reed provides music direction for "The Wild Party." The all-student cast includes WMU seniors Antonio Copeland, Jeffrey Fauver, Lindsay Foreman and Adam Steiner; juniors Justin Goodemoot, Nick Kitakis, Chelsea Rogers and Sandy Zwier; and sophomore Paul Luoma. The creative team includes students David Alpert, stage manager; Carl Hamilton, scenic designer; and Benjamin Stickels, sound designer; and faculty members Matthew Knewtson, lighting designer; and Gwen Nagle, costume designer.

Tickets for "The Wild Party" range from $16 to $7 and may be purchased by calling (269) 387-6222 or visiting the University Theatre Ticket Office weekdays noon to 5 p.m. Box offices at Miller Auditorium and the Epic Center also sell tickets to University Theatre productions.

The 2005-06 University Theatre season is made possible through a partnership with the Millennium Restaurant Group.

Media contact: Patrick Donnelly, (269) 387-6222, patrick.donnelly@wmich.edu

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