Huntington College presents The Bald Soprano

FOR RELEASE
2002-10-15

Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College Theatre department will present The Bald Soprano on October 31- November 2, 2002. The show will be performed in the Merillat Center for the Arts Studio Theatre at 9:30 p.m. General admission seating will be available for $2 per person, and tickets will be available at the door.

Written by Eugene Ionesco during the 1950’s, The Bald Soprano is an absurd satire on the middle class and the complicated problems that begin with faulty communication. “Riddled with hilarious non-sequiturs and bizarre trivialities descending into chaos, Bald Soprano effectively communicates Ionesco’s point that effective communication is just about impossible,” said Director Mike Burnett, Assistant Professor of Theatre. The show, although a bit ridiculous, appeals to audiences looking to laugh at the absurd antics of equally absurd characters.

Burnett accepted the appointment as Assistant Professor of Theatre in 2001. He completed his B.A. in theatre at Sul Ross University in Texas and his M.F.A. in scenic design from the University of Mississippi. Burnett has worked for several years as Technical Director and Designer at the Seven Stages Theater in Atlanta, working with local and international theatre artists on productions on the stage. Before coming to Huntington, Burnett served as Technical Director/Designer and adjunct professor of theatre at North Carolina Wesleyan College, where he started a weekly praise and worship service. Burnett served as a volunteer music minister at his church in North Carolina. Mike's wife, Ella, is an adjunct professor in theatre and speech at HC.

The cast includes:

Mr. Smith - Pete Fairchild, a senior Theater Performance major from Huntington Ind.
Mrs. Smith - Sharon Voss, a freshman Theater Performance major from Villa Park, Ill.
Mr. Martin - Josh Dawes, a freshman undecided major from Leesburg, Ind.
Mrs. Martin - Danielle Villafana, a junior Theater Performance major from Virginia Beach, Va.
The Fire Chief - Jeff Blossom, a freshman Broadcast Communication major from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Mary, the Maid - Lynda Barnum, a junior English Education major from Drexel Hill, Pa.
The design/production team includes:

Director - Mike Burnett

Scenic Design - Evie White - Senior

Lighting Design - Josh Scott - Sophomore

Costume Design - Lynette Lambert - Sophomore

Sound Design - Scott grinstead - Junior

Props Master - Ashleigh Lewis - Freshman

Stage Manager - Matt Pillar - Junior

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 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 Huntington, Indiana.

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