Theatre company to present 'House of Bernarda Alba'

FOR RELEASE
2006-03-22
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Theatre Company will present “The House of Bernarda Alba” on April 6, 7, and 8, 2006.

A masterpiece of the modern theater, “The House of Bernarda Alba” was written by Frederico Garcia Lorca in 1936, just before the start of the Spanish Civil War. The play takes place in a small village in southern Spain following the funeral of Bernarda Alba’s second husband. After the mourners depart, the tyrannical matriarch announces to her five daughters that their period of mourning will last eight years. Obsessed with family honor, Bernarda rules the household with an iron fist, but all of her daughters secretly harbor a passion for Pepe el Romano, the handsomest man in the village. When the truth finally breaks through the atmosphere of suppressed desire, jealousy, anger and fear, the consequences are tragic.



“The House of Bernarda Alba” deals with strong themes of the Christian faith by contrasting Christian charity with repressive and ritualistic Christianity. It also depicts a compelling struggle of women and their roles in a male-dominated society.

Show times will be 7:30 p.m. on April 6 and 7, 2006, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on April 8, 2006. All presentations will be featured in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors and Huntington University faculty and staff, and $4 for University students.



For ticket reservations or more information, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts box office at (260) 359-4261 or log on to www.huntington.edu/mca.

This production replaces “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which was scheduled for the same weekend.

For photos of the cast and crew, log on to http://www.huntington.edu/news/0506/house-of-bernarda-alba-cast-and-crew.htm.

The cast of “The House of Bernarda Alba” includes the following:

Bekah Posegate, “Bernarda,” a freshman theatre education major from Lake Villa, Ill.




Teresa Bower, “Maria Josefa,” an EXCEL student from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Sharon Voss, “Angustias,” a senior theatre performance and psychology double major from Villa Park, Ill.

Keeley Lewis, “Magdalena,” a sophomore theatre performance major from Manchester, Iowa

Meghan McClaine, “Amelia,” a freshman theatre education major from Greencastle, Ind.

Laura Brautigam, “Martitio,” a senior theatre performance major from Westfield, N.Y.

Deanna Repic, “Adela,” a freshman theatre performance major from Aliquippa, Penn.




Cara Bussis, “Maid,” a freshman theatre performance major from Holland, Mich.

Kylie Edmonds, “La Poncia,” a junior theatre performance major from Bourbon, Ind.

Bekah Bachman, “Prudencia,” a junior theatre performance major from Columbus, Mich.

Rachel Holtrop, “Beggar Woman,” a freshman theatre major from Huntington, Ind.

Cassandra Quinn, ensemble, a sophomore theatre and sociology double major from Bedford, Ind.

Nikki Barger, ensemble, a senior theatre performance major from Celina, Ohio

Maria Vander Weide, ensemble, a freshman undecided major from Manton, Mich.

Laura Feldner, ensemble, a sophomore educational ministries and family & children’s ministries double major from Lexington, Ohio

Kristen Kohaut, ensemble, a sophomore theatre performance major from Hackettstown, N.J.

Hayley Johnson, ensemble, a freshman English education major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Amber Patrick, ensemble, a senior theatre performance major from Columbus, Ohio

Dana Frick, ensemble, a senior music performance major from Kendallville, Ind.

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

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

The crew includes the following:

Prof. Mike Burnett, director, chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts

Becca Rodgers, production stage manager, a senior theatre performance and theatre design double major from Lincoln, Ill.

Jon Huffman, assistant state manager, a freshman theatre major from Traverse City, Mich.

Chris Betz, assistant director, a junior theatre performance major from Blissfield, Mich.

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

Brad DeYoung, lighting design, a sophomore theatre design major from Lansing, Ill.

Prof. Ella Burnett, costume design, adjunct professor for the Department of Theatre Arts

Amanda Carr, assistant costume design, a freshman theatre design major from Anderson, Ind.

Justin Miller, sound design, a sophomore English education major from Parker, Colo.

Prof. David Shamburger, acting and movement coach, assistant professor of the Department of Theatre Arts

Kari Clark, props, a junior theatre design major from Columbus, Ind.

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Media personnel interested in taking photos of a rehearsal of “The House of Bernarda Alba” are welcome to do so at the following dates and times:

Monday, March 27, 2006 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

DRESS REHEARSAL DATES (with full costumes) FOR PHOTOS:

Saturday, April 1, 2006, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Monday, April 3, 2006, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

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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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