February 11, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present two senior performance projects Feb. 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre on campus. Admission is $8 per person. [note change in time and ticket price.]

The first, Life as a Ball: A Tribute to Lucille Ball, is written and performed by Bucknell senior Anastasia Peterson with senior Amanda Fernandez as Lucy’s Maid.

Peterson says of her project, "Lucille Ball, as a woman, an actress and a business woman, has been my inspiration and (some might say) obsession since I was 6 years old. The prospect of fully delving into her life - reading biographies, autobiographies, letters, watching documentaries, and then compiling my discoveries into a performance piece was simply a dream come true. Lucille Ball created one of the most memorable television characters of all time, on a world-renowned television show. 'I Love Lucy' won my admiration and interest 42 years after the show first aired in 1950."

The second, Small Talk, is written and performed by Bucknell senior Janine Merolla with sophomore Caroline Benton as piano accompanist. Small Talk is a series of one-woman monologues starting with a monologue by Jane Martin called 'French Fries.' Merolla says of her choice of opening monologue, "It was the last monologue my mother performed as an actress. She was also pregnant with me when she performed it. My mother and father's experience in theatre has certainly spurred my own interest forward."

The production includes scene design by F. Elaine Williams and Bucknell senior Brittany Durbin; lighting design, sound design, technical direction and visual projections by Heath Hansum; costume design by Paula Denise Davis and Emma Scholl; and stage direction by Bob Gainer. Bucknell junior Rachel Sherbill serves as production stage manager, with first-year students Ryan Abercrombie and Stephanie Walters as stage managers.

According to Bob Gainer, associate professor of theatre at Bucknell, these senior performances represent the creative work within the Department of Theatre and Dance's THEA 319 Individual Studies course, which provides advanced-level studies in a particular theatre discipline for theatre majors in their senior year. Guided by one or more faculty members from the theatre and dance department, the course entails a very close working relationship between the primary mentor and his or her student. Gary Grant and guest artist Laurie McCants served as the department's faculty advisors for these senior performance projects.

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Posted Feb. 11, 2008