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TWU opens New Redbud Theater Complex with ‘The Fantasticks’ April 12-15


Redbud Theater Complex press release

DENTON — 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.

Performances are 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.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

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