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Source: Marci Maullar, 785-532-6878,
Note to editor: Kate Hambleton is a graduate of Olathe North High School.
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University Theater will present the play "Our Town" at 7:30 p.m. April 22-24 and April 28-May 1 in Nichols Theater.

Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" is set in the fictional town of Grover's Corners, N.H. A character known as Stage Manager narrates the play's three acts, each symbolizing a distinct aspect of human experience, namely: daily life, love and marriage, and death and loss.

The K-State production of "Our Town" is directed by Charlotte MacFarland, associate professor of theater; set design is by Kathy Voecks, assistant professor of theater; costume design is by Dana Pinkston, associate professor of theater; and lighting design is by John Uthoff, associate professor of theater.

Tickets are $13 for the general public, $11 for seniors and military, and $8 for students. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by calling McCain at 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theater party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.

K-State students in the cast or crew for "Our Town" include:

Erin Grotheer, senior in political science, Girard, as Mrs. Soames.

From Greater Kansas City: Meredith Lindsey, senior in mass communications and theater, Leawood, as Si Crowell; Andrew Winter, freshman in pre-psychology, Lenexa, as Joseph Crowell; Terrance Newman, sophomore in theater, Merriam, as Joe Stoddard; and Kathryn Hambleton, junior in theater, Olathe, as Rebecca Gibbs.

Sarah Unruh, senior in theater, Greensburg, assistant stage manager; Adam Rack, sophomore in theater, Hays, as Wally Webb; Laura Lindsay, senior in theater, Hillsboro, stage manager; Ethan Smith, freshman in theater, as Simon Stimson, and Christopher Auten, sophomore in theater, as Dr. Gibbs, both from Manhattan; Erica Smith, junior in theater, Paola, as Mrs. Webb; Lauren Perez, senior in theater, Parsons, as Mrs. Gibbs; Joshua McGinn, senior in history, Sedgwick, as Constable Warren.

From Topeka: Dillon Artzer, junior in theater, as Mr. Webb; Niklas Bergstrom, freshman in theater, as Sam Craig; LeAnn Meyer, junior in theater, assistant stage manager; and Kyle Myers, sophomore in theater, as the Stage Manager.

From out of state: Zachary Nussbaum, sophomore in theater, West Milford, N.J., as Howie Newsom.