CU theatre arts department presents “Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology”

Cameron University's Department of Theatre Arts continues its 2008-2009 Season, A Celebration of the Cameron University Centennial, with "Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology." The American classic will be presented November 13-16 at the University Theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, military and non-Cameron students. Cameron students with ID receive free admission. For more information or to reserve seats, call the University Theatre box office at 580.581.2478. 

"Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology," conceived, adapted and arranged by Charles Aidman in 1963, is based on Masters' riveting 1916 collection of poems. The play chronicles the life and world of a fictional Illinois town, Spoon River, by having its former residents - now "sleeping on the hill" in the town cemetery - come back from their graves to speak. The characters enjoy a freedom and frankness in their thoughts that they never would have shared when alive, providing a candid look at small-town life and the human condition that is equal parts humorous and poignant. The audience is introduced to ghosts from a small town who tell of interesting and secret lives.

With live music, acting, dance and pantomime, the play features around 70 of Masters' poems, ordered and dramatized to portray some of the United States' chief historical periods - including the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the influx of pioneers and immigrants, and the rise of industrialization. "Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology" is both moving and comedic as it portrays American life as it was in the 19th century.

Starring in the production are CU students Rebecca Craft, Casey Foster, Brandi Goldsmith, Erin Hoff, Brett Jolly, Eli Ramirez, Angelika Ramsdell, and Brenda Sodano, all of Lawton/Fort Sill; Bryan West of Howard, OH; and Neila Ettienne of Grenada, who also serves as properties designer. Also appearing will be members of the Lawton/Fort Sill community Jed Fox and Sarah Lorenzen.   

Students working behind the scenes are Shelli Fox, Christopher Jefferson, Darren D. Howenstine, Mandi Bongiorno, Jeannette Williams and Katherine Handy, all of Lawton/Fort Sill; Joshua Tyler of Frederick; and Kevin Lasorsa of Cache.

This production of "Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology" is directed by Scott Richard Klein, Chair of the Theatre Arts department. Dr. Gregory Hoepfner, CU Associate Professor of Music, serves as music director and accompanist. Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Christina Dickson is designing the costumes and make-up, the lighting is being designed by stage technician Michael Ewing, and the scenery is being designed by Don Evans, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts.   

CU's Department of Theatre Arts is a member of the Southwest Theatre and Film Association and the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association.

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November 5, 2008
 PR# 08-193