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Theatre at Malone University celebrates 50 years with re-staging of first play: Our Town

August 23, 2013 | Release # 6693

Theatre at Malone University will celebrate 50 years with a re-staging of the program's first play, Our Town, October 11-12, and 14 through 16, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Hall of Founders Hall, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. Cast members will include alumni and faculty as well as current Malone students.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. each night, and tickets for all performances are $8; $2 for Malone University students. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the box office at 330-471-8202.

In addition, a theatre alumni dinner will take place Saturday, October 12, at 5 p.m. in the Brehme Conference Center. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 3-12; 2 and under free. An alumni dessert reception will precede the play from 7 – 8 p.m.. The reception is free, but a play ticket is required to attend.

The production will be directed by alumnus Lee Lavery, who played the town's choirmaster in the 1963 production.   After graduating in 1966, Lee taught theatre arts and English for 45 years, finishing his career as Theatre Arts Department chairman at Oakwood School in North Hollywood, California.

Our Town is a 1938 three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. Set in the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners, it tells the story of an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props. Act I depicts "Daily Life;" Act II is titled, "Love and Marriage," and Act III portrays, "Death and Eternity."

The remaining celebratory 50th anniversary season includes:

The Musical Revue

50 Years of 40 Musicals

November 22-23

Steel Magnolias

March 18-22

Dance Concert

April 25-26

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014 , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424


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