DWU theatre to present comedy in new theatre

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dakota Wesleyan University’s theatre department will present its first production in its newly created Equitem Theatre-in-the-Round.

DWU’s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9, in the Equitem in Hughes Hall on campus. Tickets are $5 and seated is limited. Reserve a seat by contacting DWU theatre director Dan Miller at damiller@dwu.edu.

The comedy is by Alan Ball and directed by DWU junior Brittney Kaufman, of Mitchell. The cast includes: Kira Stammer, Sioux Falls, as Frances; Madi Miller, Mitchell, as Meredith; Megan Reimnitz, Corsica, as Trisha; Elizabeth Moore, Sioux Falls, as Georgeanne; Mercedes Madding, Casper, Wyo., as Mindy; and Kyle Gilles, Monticello, Minn., as Tripp Davenport.

The story is about five bridesmaids who hide out in the same bedroom in order to avoid the reception. They all have their reasons to duck out – good, bad, and entertaining – but by the end, they come to see they have more in common than they thought.

“The audience can definitely expect all sorts of different emotions from depression to pure anger,” Kaufman said.

There is also some explicit language throughout the show so it is not recommended for young children.

DWU has done theatre-in-the-round before in the Sherman Center. This will be the first production within the new Equitem Theatre-in-the-Round, which Miller created over the summer. Miller combined his office and the former scene shop on the west side of Patten-Wing Theatre into one room and renovated it into the theatre-in-the-round, then created a new scene shop from a classroom on the east side of the stage.

“With the theatre-in-the-round, our students get to have the experience of acting and directing and designing for this very different kind of venue,” Miller said. “It’s another reason why Bachelor of Fine Arts students appreciate DWU theatre and what we can offer them.”

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University and theatre program, go to www.dwu.edu.

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