Curious Savage brings light to kindness and affection

Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington College Theatre Company will present John Patrick’s Curious Savage from April 7-9, 2005. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m., in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. A Saturday matinee will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261. Admission is $8 for the general public, $4 for seniors and students.

Directed by David Shamburger, assistant professor of theatre arts at Huntington College, Curious Savage portrays Mrs. Savage, a widow who has been left $10 million by her husband. Her grown stepchildren desire to have the money, and knowing that the widow’s wealth is in negotiable securities of which they cannot get a hold of, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to bring the widow to her senses. This high comedy will leave the audience with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.

The cast of Curious Savage includes:

MRS. SAVAGE – Nikki Barger, a senior theatre-performance major from Celina, Ohio
TITUS SAVAGE – Josh Christenson, a sophomore theatre-performance major from Carol Stream, Ill.
SAMUEL SAVAGE – Sean Giggy, a freshman broadcast communication major from Andrews, Ind.
LILY BELLE SAVAGE – Sharon Voss, a junior theatre-performance and psychology double major from Villa Park, Ill.
HANNIBAL – Neil Rupp, a sophomore elementary education major from Blissfield, Mich.
MRS. PADDY – Kylie Edmonds, a sophomore theatre-performance major from Bourbon, Ind.
DR. EMMETT – Amber Patrick, a junior theatre-performance major from Columbus, Ohio
JEFFREY – Christopher Betz, a sophomore theatre-performance and music double major from Blissfield, Mich.
MISS WILLIE – Stephanie Hoenkenga, a junior elementary education major from Wheaton, Ill.
FAIRY MAY – Leah Coon, a senior English education major from Sand Creek, Mich.
FLORENCE – Kristin Kohaut, a freshman theatre-performance major from Hackettstown, N.J.

The crew of Curious Savage includes Mike Burnett (Lighting Design/Technical Director/Production Manager), Laura Brautigam (Assistant Director), Ella Burnett (Costume/Scenic Design), Kathy Chilcoat (Costume Shop Foreman), Johanna Horrocks (Co-Props Design), Matthew Chilcoat (Assistant Technical Director), Rebekah Bachman (Stage Manager), Becca Rodgers (Assistant Costume Design/Make-up Design), Keeley Lewis (Assistant Stage Manager), Justin Miller (Assistant Lighting Design), Danielle Villafana (Co-Props Design), Lindsay Stalf (Sound Design), and Cassandra Quinn (Assistant Production Manager).

For more information on the Huntington College Department of Theatre Arts or The Huntington College Theatre Compnay, visit or contact Mike Burnett, department chair, at 260.359.4279.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. Following a decade of growth and development, Huntington College will become Huntington University in mid-2005. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. Huntington is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.



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