HC Theatre presents Anna Karenina

FOR RELEASE
2004-02-19
Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College Theatre Department is pleased to present Anna Karenina, a play adapted from the Leo Tolstoy novel, on February 26, 27, and 28. Performances will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission in the form of reserved seating will be $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more ticket information or to make reservations, contact the Merillat Centre Box Office at (260) 359-4261 or www.huntington.edu/mca.

Anna Karenina tells a tale about love and marriage among the Russian aristocracy in the 1870s. Anna, a young, elite woman married to a powerful government minister, falls in love with the elegant Count Vronsky; she becomes pregnant by him, and leaves her husband Karenin and her son Serezha to live with her lover. Despite the intervention of friends such as her brother (himself a frequent adulterer), she is unable to obtain a divorce and lives isolated from the society that once glorified her. As a man, Vronsky enjoys comparative social freedom, which plunges Anna into increasing intense fits of jealousy in her struggle to bear her plight.

Cast members for Anna Karenina include:

ANNA- Sharon Voss, a junior psychology major from Villa Park, Ill.
LEVIN- Noah Varness, a senior theatre-performance major from Morris, Ill.
COUNT VRONSKY - Josh Dawes, a junior English education major from Leesburg, Ind.
KARENIN - Josh Christenson, a freshman from Carol Stream, Ill.
STIVA/BAILIFF/PETRITSKY - Chris Betz, a freshman choral education major from Blissfield, Mich.
KITTY/SERIOZHA - Laura Brautigam, a junior theatre-performance major from Westfield, N.Y.
DOLLY - Kylie Edmonds, a freshman theatre-performance major from Bourbon, Ind.
PRINCESS BETSY/RAILWAY WIDOW- Amber Patrick, a sophomore theatre-performance major from Columbus, Ohio
GOVERNESS/AGATHA - Sarah McCullough, a sophomore theatre-performance major from Chambersburg, Pa.
COUNTESS VRONSKY- Rebekah Bachman, a sophomore theatre-performance major from Columbus, Mich.
NIKOLAI/PRIEST- Drew Wutke, a senior choral education major from Girard, Kan.
GUEST- Nadia Andrus, a freshman educational ministries major from Grand Rapids, Mich.
Crew members and production staff include Mike Peng (director), Mike Burnett (Technical Director/Scenic and Costume Design), Rebecca Rodgers (Production Stage Manager), Justin Geiger (Lighting Design), Lynette Lambert (Sound Design), Zarin Barnes (Props Master), Janice Yoder (Assistant Stage Manager), Hannah Mayo (Assistant Scenic Design), Stephanie Hoekenga (Assistant Costume Design), Josh Scott and Matt Chilcoat (Assistant Technical Directors), Kathy Thorn (Costume Shop Foreman), Matt Pillar (Master Electrician), and Sharon Voss (Scenic Artist). Members of the Scenic Shop Crew include Nikki Barger, Zarin Barnes, Matt Chilcoat, Josh Christenson, Kylie Edmonds, Hannah Mayo, Rebecca Rodgers, Josh Scott, Jennifer Stalter, Danielle Villafana and Sharon Voss. Members of the Costume Shop Crew include Nadia Andrus, Chris Betz, Ashley Guldbeck, Ashleigh Lewis, Tracy Schwerin and Kathy Thorn.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. USNews & 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 Huntington, Indiana. The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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