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University Theatre season ends with Harlem gospel

March 16, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Gospel Choir will join theatre students in their final production of the season, "Tambourines to Glory," running April 8-18 in Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

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Performances of "Tambourines to Glory"
Shaw Theatre

  • Thursday, April 8--8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 9--8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 10--8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15--8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16--8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17--8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 18--2 p.m.

From the pen of Harlem Renaissance luminary Langston Hughes comes this tale of friendship tested in a Harlem church. It is an epic celebration, to which music is integral. A reception, sponsored by Millennium Restaurant Group, will take place after the opening performance April 8.

Cast and creative team

"Tambourines to Glory" will be directed by Dr. Von Washington, WMU professor of theatre. This will be Washington's farewell production. He plans to retire later this spring from his post as a full-time professor and director of WMU's Multicultural Theatre program. Guest artists Curtis Gulledge and Vanessa Allen join the WMU Department of Theatre as musical director and minister of music.

The all-student cast includes: Channelle Battles, Chelsea Boisseau, Xavier Bolden, Melony Byrd, Khari Chapman, Cornelius Davidson, Mykael Hill, Avery Hopkins, Arti Ishak, Jillian Lindsey, Chris Martin, Zachary McConnell, Carmen Molina, Oliverliski Murphy, Tia Pinson, Tanisha Pyron, Steve Rafferty, Asia Robinson, Warren Talley, Amanda Treppa, Chelsea Waddles and John Williams.

Assisting in the production are: Cole Butcher, stage manager; Dalette Anderson, choreographer; Michael Parker, choir director; Jeff Chaney, scenic designer; Kathryn Wagner, costume designer; Matt Knewtson, lighting designer; and Jackie Soule, sound designer.


"Tambourines to Glory" at Shaw Theatre is sponsored in part by Touch 95.5 FM. All seating is general admission. Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $5 for 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.

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Media contact: Emily Duguay, (269) 387-3227, emily.duguay@wmich.edu

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