Summer Theatre Opens with 'Star-Spangled Girl'
June 13, 2017
The 63rd season of Emporia State University Summer Theatre will begin June 14 at 7:30 pm with “The Star-Spangled Girl” by Neil Simon.
Directed by Theresa Mitchell, “The Star-Spangled Girl” is a classic Neil Simon tale of romance and comedy. The show’s main characters include a duo of publishers, Andy (Matthew Mahr, Overland Park) and Norman (Tyler Lang, Wichita) who use their San Francisco apartment as an office for their “protest magazine,” and an Olympic swimmer and all-American girl, Sophie (Rachel Muirhead, Hays) who moves into another apartment on the same floor. Norman’s obsession with Sophie causes trouble, and Andy ends up having to hire her just to keep their magazine going. A love triangle soon emerges between the three, adding onto their already hectic lives filled with fielding calls from an irate printer and distracting the landlady with motorcycle rides and surfing expeditions to avoid paying rent.
Scenographer Rick Rasmussen designs the set and costumes for the show. Isabella Harvey (McPherson) designs the lighting. Fran Opheim (Olathe) and Zulema Renteria (Emporia) serve as Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager while Paige Lundin (Wichita) coordinates promotion and publicity for the production.
Chris Lohkamp is the technical director overseeing the work of scene shop workers Samantha Garcia (Emporia), Evan Grantham (Girard), Stephen Holbert (Olathe), Justin Scheck (Gardner), Madison Joye Schultz (Topeka), Nathan Dale Short (Paola), Semaj Smith (Salina) and Kaitlin Pelegrin (Olathe). Amanda Dura is the costume shop manager and its crew including Torin Horvik (Fargo, ND), Kun Li (YanTai ShanDong, China), McKenzie Needham (Andover), Maddie Simmons (Emporia) and Lizzi Tate (Sand Springs, OK).
“The Star-Spangled Girl” runs June 14-17 at 7:30 PM in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall at Emporia State University. For tickets to these performances, visit the Memorial Union Ticket Office, go online at tickets.emporia.edu or call 620-341-6378. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.
ESU Theatre presents 'Don’t Hug Me'
June 19, 2017
Emporia State University’s 63rd annual season of Summer Theatre continues with “Don’t Hug Me” by Paul and Phil Olson June 28 – July 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall at Emporia State University.
ESU Theatre presents 63rd season of summer theatre programming
May 31, 2017
The 63rd season of Emporia State University Summer Theatre, a favorite Emporia tradition, continues this June and July. The new season features four shows selected to please audiences of all ages.
Jane Austen Classic is Next ESU Theatre Show
April 13, 2017
Emporia State University Theatre presents “Sense and Sensibility” adapted by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen.
ESU Theatre Launches Online Ticketing
April 13, 2017
Emporia State University’s Theatre Department is proud to announce the launch of online ticketing for all individual ticket sales with the production of “Sense and Sensibility” running April 25 through 29. ESU Theatre’s ticketing processes will continue to be managed through the Emporia State University Memorial Union Ticket Office; however, the recent upgrade to a new ticketing software, UniversityTickets©, now allows for ticket purchases to be made online via computers, tablets and mobile devices as well as through the traditional methods of in-person and by phone.
Five ESU Alumni Receive Horizon Awards
February 14, 2017
Michael Vander Linden, an Emporia State University theatre alumnus and teacher at Burlington High School, is among five Emporia State graduates selected to receive the 2017 Kansas Horizon Award.
ESU Theatre Commended at Regional Festival
January 31, 2017
Emporia State Theatre had excellent representation at last week’s regional festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Four faculty members and 21 students traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, for the event. ESU is in Region 5 of KCACTF which includes colleges and universities from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.
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