December 12, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's department of theatre and dance will feature two classic theatre productions and a gala celebration of the Bucknell dance program's 20th anniversary during the spring semester.

Theatre offerings include "The Children's Hour" by Lillian Hellman, a tragic drama that exposes the destructive power of slander and ignorance, directed by Bucknell senior Joseph DeMetro, and "Blood Wedding" by Federico Garcia Lorca, a modern classic based on a true story of passion and betrayal, directed by Anjalee Deshpande-Nadkarni, a new member of the theatre faculty.

"These classic plays will showcase the skills of a senior theatre major and a new acting/directing faculty member," said Bob Gainer, associate professor of theatre at Bucknell. "We welcome their contribution to our artistic season of plays."

Mainstage productions
"The Children's Hour" follows the story of two women who run a girls boarding school, whose careers and lives are destroyed when an angry student runs away and tells her grandmother an untrue accusation. The play is scheduled for Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. in Powers Theatre.

"Blood Wedding" tells the tale of lovers whose loyalty to each other means betraying everyone they have ever known, and then suffering the consequences. Performances are scheduled for April 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. in Tustin Studio Theatre.

Gala dance concert
The Bucknell dance program will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Spring Gala concert on April 24 and 25 in the Weis Center. "The dynamic concert will feature a mix of jazz, ballet and modern dance with the choreography of renowned guest artists who will create an original work for the dancers," said Er-Dong Hu, professor of dance at Bucknell, who will premiere his original work on the seniors of the company. 

The show also will feature original works by Bucknell seniors Katie Culver and Ally Haseltine, as well as faculty pieces by Kelly Knox and Dustyn Martincich. "Since the gala is celebrating 20 years of dance at Bucknell, former Bucknell Professor Shellie Cash will set an alumni piece on 15 former students," he said. 

Since its inception in 1988, the Bucknell dance program has shared the artistry of dance through choreography and performance with the Bucknell and Lewisburg community. Bucknell dance concerts have celebrated many dance genres and cultural traditions, allowing the audience and the students an opportunity to be educated, as well as entertained. The program, which originated with the Bucknell Dance Company, a student organization founded in 1981, has grown to include new faculty and a Dance Merits Scholarship for students interested in a dance minor.

The theatre and dance department also will offer three Showcases.

"Mud" by Maria Irene Fornes will be performed on Feb. 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in Tustin Theatre. Directed by Bucknell junior Julia Frieri, the play examines one woman's efforts to free herself from the poverty she was born into.

Bucknell senior Rachel Sherbill will direct "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" with free performances on April 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. in Powers Theatre.

The Choreographers Showcase, scheduled for April 4 at 8 p.m. and April 5 at 2 p.m. in Harvey Powers Theatre, will present performances by talented students in all genres of dance. In addition, the Dance Composition class will create original works on student performers, and will combine experimentation and diversity.

For more information, visit for a link to the season's brochure.

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