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University Theater Presents ‘The Man Who Came To Dinner’

Oct. 15, 2010--The curtain draws open on George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s classic comedy “The Man Who Came to Dinner” on Oct. 21 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

The show’s cast takes the stage for performances Oct. 21-23 and 28-30. All performances are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theater of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building.

This adaptation of a 1939 hit is sure to ring peals of laughter from the audience. While touring a small town in Ohio, Sheridan Whiteside, famous radio broadcaster and columnist, stops by the Stanley residence for dinner. Slipping on the icy front steps, Whiteside does not even make it inside of the Stanley home.

Whiteside must now stay with them until he fully recovers, and little does this family know that they are in for a rude awakening with this unruly, demanding houseguest.

“This production is a nice example of the comic style from this particular time period,” says Ken Stofferahn, designer of the show. “It is a well-written and structured comedy that doesn’t rely solely on cheap gags and tricks.”

The production is directed by Professor Jim Zimmerman. The cast includes:

Logan Arneson, junior, Wisconsin Rapids
Kai Abrahamson, junior, New Richmond
Mark Bradt, senior, Maplewood, Minn.
Michael Butt, sophomore, Elmwood
Darrell Davey, junior, Cloquet, Minn.
Taylor Evans, junior, Hanover, Minn.
Spencer Farley, freshman, Cedarburg
Patrick Grafing, sophomore, Minneapolis
Jordyn Haley, junior, Osceola
Andy Hanlon, sophomore, Ham Lake, Minn.
Matt Hudson, sophomore, Baldwin
Maripat Joyce, freshman, South St. Paul, Minn.
Justin Lewis, freshman, Bay City
Olivia Main, sophomore, Webster
Kelsey Miller, freshman, Hales Corners
Brittany Oberstadt, sophomore, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Will Peake, junior, Spooner
Tori Ruckle, junior, Woodbury, Minn.
John Shaw, freshman, Durand
Jordan Simm, junior, River Falls
Lesley Simons, junior, Green Bay
A.J. Swanson, freshman, Lake Elmo, Minn.
Amara Treuenfels, freshman, Hudson
Daniel Tuchtenhagen, senior, River Falls
Daniel Vopava, junior, New Brighton, Minn.
Hannah Vanden Wymelenberg, freshman, De Pere
Brett Weyek, freshman, Hudson
James Zappa, sophomore, Maplewood, Minn.

“It’s a great family comedy set around the holidays. There is so much chaos surrounding Mr. Whiteside and his host family, but somehow it all comes together for a great ending,” says Denise Baker, the show’s costume designer.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $10/adults, $8/seniors, age 60 and above, and $5/students with ID. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the University Box Office toll-free at 800-228-5423.


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