WMU News

University Theatre presents two one-act plays

January 21, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The University Theatre at Western Michigan University is proud to present "Trouble in Tahiti" by Leonard Bernstein and "Trial by Jury" by Gilbert & Sullivan. Both operas are under the direction of James Daniels and the musical direction of William Appel. "Trouble in Tahiti" is a biting satire on the emptiness of materialistic values and false promises of suburban comforts. It tells the story of the trials and tribulations of the failing marriage of Dinah & Sam. The couple's tension is magnified by the ironic presence of a crooning jazz trio, played by Nick Ayoub, Ryan Billington, and Julie Ghareeb. The two main characters are double cast with Jamie Jordan and Amanda Wells as Dinah and Kevin Barton and Atis Kleinbergs as Sam.

On a lighter note, "Trial by Jury" is a comedic portrayal of a courtroom gone wild. This whimsical opera puts love and marriage on trial as a man is jailed for not marrying the plaintiff. Edwin, the Defendant, played by Chad Johnson, is on trial for refusing to marry the beautiful plaintiff Angelina, played by Susan Greenman. Justice and harmony is maintained in the courtroom by the Judge, played by Dan Black, when he selflessly agrees to marry the Defendant instead. In addition, the cast includes Howard Tejchma, Hal Hobson, Dave Nadolski, Bryan Fowler, Joshua Kimball, Michael Martin, Anjanette Hall, Bree Rafferty, Sandra Butler, Nicolle Mason, Kate Menkveld, and Elizabeth Sullivan.

"Trouble in Tahiti" and "Trial by Jury" open Thursday, January 28, and run through Saturday, February 6, in the Multi-Media Room at Dalton Center at Western Michigan University. Ticket prices are $12 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, faculty & staff. For more information, please call the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office at 616 387-6222, Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. The First Nighter's Reception is sponsored Bacchus Wines & Spirits.

Media contact: Jeremy Thompson, 616 387-6222

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