Eureka College announces upcoming theater productions
EC theater department has announces its productions for the 2008-2009 academic year
The department, in conjunction with the Eureka College Women’s Board, will present “Winnie the Pooh” at 7 p.m. Sept. 12-13 and 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Terrill Rooms in the Cerf College Center. Cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults. Proceeds will support the women’s board, which raises funds for various projects benefiting Eureka College.
Adapted from the children’s stories by A.A. Milne, the production introduces Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore and Rabbit in a quest for honey. Problems arise when Kanga, a stranger to the forest, brings a bathtub and soap. The animals run in fear, until Piglet shows that it’s not so scary to be clean.
Historical figures from Eureka’s past will tell their stories in a free cemetery walk at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 in Olio Township Cemetery, 1015 S. Main St., Eureka. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Woodford County Historical Society, will highlight approximately eight figures, including: Elijah Dickinson, who was the first graduate of Eureka College; Mahala Clay, whose three children were killed in an 1887 train accident in Chatsworth that claimed the lives of more than 80 people; Robert Moody, an African-American businessman; and Clinton Melick and Wesley Melick, Eureka businessmen who donated funds for Melick Library at Eureka College.
The classic horror tale “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley will be presented Oct. 31-Nov. 1 and Nov. 5-8. The true-to-the-novel adaptation by Tim Kelly explores the consequences and morality of man’s interference with nature. Eureka College theater professor Bill Davis will direct.
“Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill will run Feb. 20-21 and Feb. 25-March 1. Rebekah Scallet, a graduate student in theater at Illinois State University, will direct. The groundbreaking work begins with a fantastical dinner party at which famous female figures from history and fiction are the guests of a modern-day career woman celebrating a promotion. As the action delves further into the women’s lives, the play questions the brand of feminism that leads women to deny personal attachment in favor of career development.
Capping the season will be the Noel Coward comedy “Present Laughter,” which will run April 21-25. Eureka College theater professor Holly Rocke will direct. The parody of fame centers on a pompous actor who finds himself in a series of ridiculous situations because his friends misinterpret the reasons that an infatuated fan spent the night. Laughs continue when the actor’s business partner, who also is his ex-wife, meddles.
“Frankenstein,” “Top Girls” and “Present Laughter” all will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchard Theatre. A Sunday matinee showing of “Top Girls” will be at 2 p.m. March 1. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for Eureka College alumni, faculty and staff and $3 for students.
For reservations call the box office at 467-6363.
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