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TWU opens New
Redbud Theater Complex with ‘The Fantasticks’
The Texas Woman’s University drama program ends its
2006-07 season with a new beginning — the opening of
the New Redbud Theater Complex in TWU’s historic Hubbard
Hall. The drama program celebrates the official opening of
the new theater with a production of “The Fantasticks,”
the longest-running musical in history.
scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12; 8 p.m. Friday, April
13; and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15. Tickets
are $10 for students and $15 for adults. For reservations
or more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.
For a map of TWU’s Denton campus, visit www.twu.edu/maps.asp.
The New Redbud
Theater Complex, a 110-seat proscenium theater with tiered
seating, provides an intimate setting for “The Fantasticks,”
a classic coming-of-age story by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.
The story begins with Matt and Luisa falling in love despite
being separated by a wall their feuding fathers, Belomy and
Hucklebee, have built to keep them apart. Unbeknownst to the
lovers, their fathers have faked the feud in order to manipulate
the teens into falling in love.
With the help of
the narrator and some down-on-their-luck actors, the fathers
stage an abduction of Luisa and her rescue by Matt. The couple
is united, but the romance begins to fade once the fathers’
plot is revealed.
The cast includes
TWU alumnus Tom Stratton in the role of El Gallo; Andy Gosnell,
of Addison, as Matt; Haley Baldwin, of Arlington, as Luisa;
Gerald Young, of Denton, as Bellomy; William Walker, of Houston,
as Hucklebee; Sherrie Wollenhaupt, of Highland Village, as
Henry; Jamie Hogue of Brownwood as Mortimer; and Joshua Hancock
of Kilgore and Jill Laney of Fort Worth as the Mutes.
Sharon Benge, director
of TWU’s drama program, directs this production of “The
Fantasticks.” Musical direction is provided by Helen
Dewey Reikofski, and choreography is by Michelle Contrino.
Bonnie McCrea of New Orleans serves as stage manager and is
assisted by Kami Rogers of San Angelo. The set and lights
are designed by Wendy Robbins, TWU assistant professor of
drama, and TWU technical director Judith B. Drouin. Costume
design is by Diane Simmons, producer and designer of Fort
Worth’s Hip Pocket Theatre.
Tel: (940) 898-3456