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University Theatre season opens with 'Aloha'

Sept. 18, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The 2005-06 University Theatre season opens with seven performances of Naomi Iizuka's "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls."

Performances in York Arena Theatre begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 29-Oct. 1. A single matinee performance begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. All seating is general admission.

An opening night reception sponsored by Gull Lake Cafe takes place following the Sept. 22 performance.

In "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls," a series of chance meetings between strangers, old friends and unique acquaintances, the story captures a quirky set of relationships that grow and wilt as quickly as potted plants. The characters collectively wrestle with a growing concern for their own mortality as they move from youth to adulthood and cross paths around the globe. "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" was first produced by the Actors' Theatre of Louisville in 1999 as part of the Humana Festival of New Plays.

Guest artist Daina Robins, who chairs the Department of Theatre at Hope College, is directing the production. She is a graduate of Tufts University and a founding member of Double Edge Theatre in Massachusetts. Robins regularly directs for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and recently staged the Actor's Theatre production of "The Goat" in Grand Rapids.

The cast of "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" includes WMU seniors Jessica Bocade, Chris DeYoung, Jeffrey Fauver, George Frye, Joe Johnson, Kristie Kelly, Melissa Pryor, J. Steadman and Christine Werny; and juniors Paul Culos and Ryan Welsh. The production staff includes junior Megan Lammy, lighting designer, and sophomore Laura Williams, stage manager.

Tickets for "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" may be purchased by calling (269) 387-6222 or visiting the University Theatre Ticket Office weekdays noon and 5 p.m. Admission for the general public is $16, $12 for senior citizens and WMU faculty and staff, and $7 for students. Box offices at Miller Auditorium and the Epic Center also sell tickets to University Theatre productions.

Additional information is available online at www.wmich.edu/theatre.

The 2005-06 University Theatre season is made possible through a partnership with the Millennium Restaurant Group.

Media contact: Patrick Donnelly, (269) 387-6222, patrick.donnelly@wmich.edu

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