Huntington Theatre Ensemble to present 'Gift of Magi'

FOR RELEASE
2006-11-22
Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Theatre Ensemble will present “The Gift of the Magi” on Dec. 1-2 in the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

“Della” and “Jim” are a young married couple with very little money, and the two must scrimp for everything. On the day before Christmas, Della counts the money she has painstakingly saved for months. She is dismayed to find she has less than $2, hardly enough to buy anything at all. After a good cry, Della determines to find a way to buy Jim the present he deserves. As she looks into a mirror, an idea comes to her. A heart-warming story whose moral reminds us that physical possessions, however valuable they may be, are of little value in the grand scheme of things. The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is far greater than any of their possessions.

Performances on Dec. 1 will be at 9 a.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium and 9 p.m. in the Studio Theatre while Dec. 2 shows will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. For tickets, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261. Tickets are $2 for general admission.

“The Gift of the Magi” will be directed by Rebekah Posegate, a sophomore theatre education major from Lake Villa, Ill.

Cast and crew include the following:

Abigail Allwein, “Della," a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

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

Alicia Bonham, “Della” understudy, a freshman theatre education major from Upland, Ind.

Tory Nelson, “Jim” understudy, a freshman digital media arts major from Granger, Ind.

Brad DeYoung, light designer and technical director, a junior theatre design and technology major from Lansing, Ill.

Andrew Edmonds, sound designer, a freshman theatre design major from Beloit, Wis.

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

Rebekah Posegate, director and scenic designer, a sophomore theatre education major from Lake Villa, Ill.

Abigail Allwein, costume designer, a sophomore theatre performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

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

Nathan Capriglione, stage manager, a freshman 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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