University Theatre presents 'Gaslight'

contact: Cara Barnes
| WMU News
Photo of cast members from Gaslight.

From left: Rice and Cavaiani

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University theatre students will channel the Victorian era with the drama "Gaslight" Feb. 6-15 in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

Purchase tickets online: wmutheatre.com

Performance schedule

  • Friday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m.

The term "Gaslight" refers to a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making her doubt her own memory and perception. Dark secrets and hidden history surround a sinister husband as he subjects his wife to what guest director David Allen George describes as "emotional torture." This hair-raising mystery was made into a 1944 movie that starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Angela Lansbury.

Directed by George, the all-student cast includes Sarah Rice, Joe Cavaiani, Blake Price, Hannah Hesseltine, Rebekah Mitton, Audrey Morton, Brian Wiegand, and Garrett McCord, with stage management by Sarah Collins.

Graduating music theatre performance majors will give free performances following the shows Feb. 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14.

David Allen George

Photo of David Allen George.

George

David Allen George has served as theatre coordinator for the Salem State Theatre of Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts for the last 39 years. He served in creating the nationally accredited theatre arts program in 1976, which has grown to include both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of fine arts in all disciplines of theatre. A master of fine arts program is forthcoming, as is a new Theatre Arts Center set to open in 2016.

George last directed in the Shaw Theatre fifteen years ago with "The Return to the Forbidden Planet."

Tickets

All seating for "Gaslight" at Shaw Theatre is general admission. Tickets are $20, $18 for senior citizens and WMU employees, $5 for WMU students and $10 for all other students. They are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at wmutheatre.com, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex or Miller Auditorium ticket offices. Group discounts are available by calling (269) 387-3227.

For more information, contact Emily Duguay, University Theatre, at emily.duguay@wmich.edu or (269) 387-6222.

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