Fresh Faces to introduce new theatre talent

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2006-09-18
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Department of Theatre Arts will introduce new talent with Fresh Faces, an evening of scenes and songs, on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium.

The department will show off their new class of talent through a collection of musical and theatrical pieces. Each piece is performed by an individual or a small group of new theater students who have been mentored through the process by more experienced theater students. The students are assigned scenes by Kristi Shamburger, adjunct professor and director of Fresh Faces.

Kristen Kohaut, a junior theater performance major from Hackettstown, N.J., is a mentor this year. She said that the whole experience is great fun, and her students are doing really well.

“It’s refreshing to have actors new to the stage,” Kohaut said. “This is an opportunity for freshmen to perform on the main stage, an opportunity that isn’t offered very often since we only do two main stage shows a year, so it’s pretty exciting for them.”

Matthias Austin, a theatre performance major from Wheaton, Ill., echoed the idea of excitement for these new performers.

“I’m excited for Fresh Faces,” Austin said. “I look forward to seeing all the talent that we as a freshman class have.”

All tickets are general admission for a cost of $2. For further information, contact the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261 or visit www.huntington.edu/mca.

For high resolution photos of the "Fresh Faces" mentors, log on to www.huntington.edu/news/0607/fresh-faces-mentors.htm.

Mentors

Kristen Lynne Kohaut, a junior theatre performance major from Hackettstown, N.J.

Cara Joy Bussis, a sophomore theatre performance major from Holland, Mich.

Keeley Lewis, a junior theatre performance major from Manchester, Iowa

Rebekah Posegate, a sophomore theatre education major from Lake Villa, Ill.

Zarin Barnes, a senior theatre design major from Peru, Ind.

Chris Betz, a senior theatre performance major from Blissfield, Mich.

Abi Allwein, a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jenn Miller, a senior theatre and psychology double major from Berkeley, Ill.

Kylie Edmonds, a senior theatre performance major from Bourbon, Ind.

Freshmen

Singing

Meleah Robertson, a chemistry/pre-med major from Kendallville, Ind.

Matthias Austin, a theatre performance major from Wheaton, Ill.

Alicia Bonham, a theatre education major from Upland, Ind.

Tory Nelson, a digital media arts major from Granger, Ind.

Emily Newton, a visual arts education major from Pandora, Ohio

Acting

William Braun, a digital media arts major from St. Cloud, Minn.

Amber Kessler, a youth ministries major from Noblesville, Ind.

Matthew Cable, a youth ministries major from North Manchester, Ind.

Christa Azbell, a theatre performance major from Gahanna, Ohio

Audrey Chavez, an undecided major from Bargersville, Ind.

Rusty Brown, a theatre performance major from Elkhart, Ind.

Lindsay Roberts, a psychology major from Huntington, Ind.

Amos Rawley, a Bible and religion major from Greencastle, Ind.

Callaleigh Fike, a biology major from Garrett, Ind.

Dance

Danielle Jackson, a pre-med major from DeWitt, Mich.

Isaac Hunnicutt, an undecided major from Huntington, Ind.

Brittany Luther, a broadcasting major from Carmel, Ind.

Stand-Up Comedy

Nathan Hartman, a film studies major from Berne, Ind.

Ryan Yoder, a theatre major from Hoagland, Ind.

Technical

Andrew Edmonds, a theatre design major from Beloit, Wis.

Amariah Henderson, a theatre design major from Libertyville, Ill.

Nathan Capriglione, a theatre design major from Auburn, Ind.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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