Huntington University Theatre Company showcases six graduating seniors in evening of scenes, songs

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Mary Russell
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Samantha Freeman
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HUNTINGTON, Ind.— After four years of studying everything from musical theater to Moliere, six graduating seniors in the Huntington University Theatre Department will present an entertaining evening of scenes and songs at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Merillat Centre for the Arts’ Zurcher Auditorium on campus.

The six graduating seniors include Mary Russell, a senior theater performance major from Columbia, Mo; Samantha Freeman, a senior theater performance major from Portland, Ind.; Bethany Edlund, a senior theater performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.; Courtney Swenson, a senior theater performance major from Landenburg, Pa.; Philip Black, a senior theater performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Ryan Arent, a senior theater design and technology major from Grand Rapids, Mich.

The seniors will present scenes and songs from theatrical works such as “Little Women: the Musical,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Private Lives” and “Almost Maine.” Arent will be doing the design and lighting for the showcase.

“You won’t want to miss this evening. I am very proud of this senior class. They are gifted students with a passion for theater that will serve them well beyond their Huntington experience,” said Jay Duffer, professor and theater department chair.

The Huntington University Theatre Company invites the public to attend. Admission is free.

For more information, visit or call the Box Office at (260) 359-4261.

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, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. 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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