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Doane Theatre production draws rave reviews, gets ready for next show

Doane’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor” tickled funny bones and won the praise of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) responder.

“This is not an easy show to do, nor is any farce worth its salt.  It takes timing, speed, and a brashness that comes off as fun,” the responder said. “None of those are simple.  What I saw Saturday night was a cast, and a crew that were having fun, going flat out, and taking all the right chances.  It was the best of vaudeville, opera, and slapstick.”

KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide, serving as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. KCACTF honors excellence in overall production and offer student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.

Freshman Samuel Woods and senior Angeline Dai received nominations for the Irene Ryan Scholarship based on their performances. The foundation awards 16 regional and two national scholarships annually, providing outstanding student performers recognition and financial assistance. Each will be allowed to audition at the KCACTF festival next year in January 2013.

MotherCourage.jpgDoane Theatre’s next production is “Mother Courage and Her Children” and is considered by many to be one of the “greatest plays of the 20th Century”. It is set in the era of the Thirty Years War and follows the fate of an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army, Mother Courage. She is intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21st- 23rd in the Whitcomb Lee Conservatory on the Doane campus. Tickets are available by requesting a reservation at theatre.reservations@doane.edu.

Interested in becoming a part of Doane Theatre? See what the department has to offer by coming to Theatre Visit Day on Nov. 25th.