All aboard: K-State Theatre rolling out comedy 'Bustown'
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
MANHATTAN — K-State Theatre will present the comedy "Bustown" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5-7 and 12-14 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Kansas State University's Nichols Hall.
Written by Lachlan Philpott, the Kansas State University production will be directed by Jennifer Vellenga, assistant professor of theatre. K-State Theatre is a program of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in the College of Arts & Sciences.
An exploration of small-town life, "Bustown" questions the desperate move young people make to the city and how it affects the people and places they leave behind. Enjoying the safety of their junkyard town, the people of Bustown happily wait for The Driver to return. But Axel and Cressida can’t stop thinking about Otherness. With a chain of keys in close reach, how long will they continue to wait?
Tickets are $15 for the general public, $13 for senior and military, and $10 for students, plus taxes and applicable fees. Tickets are available at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by phone at 785-532-6428. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://www.k-state.edu/theatre/buytickets.html.
The following students are in the "Bustown" cast:
Ben Deghand, senior in theatre, Berryton, as Cedric.
From Derby: Blake Cordell, junior in music, as Punkbird Y (Mike); Brooke Merriam, freshman in theatre, as Jude; and James Sherwood, senior in theatre, as Punkbird Z (Spike).
From Greater Kansas City: Lizzy Cook, senior in family studies and human services, Olathe, as Cressida; and Madison Plouvier, freshman in theatre, Shawnee, asCorolla.
Cat Huck, junior in theatre, Scott City, as Sylvia; Sam Johnson, senior in life sciences and pre-dentistry, as Axel, and Kelli Young, sophomore in theatre, as Torana, both from Topeka; and Clay Massingill, sophomore in theatre, Wamego, as Stranger.
From out of state: Deontaé Hayden, senior in theatre, Arlington, Texas, as Punkbird X (Ike); and Danielle Levings, master's student in drama therapy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, asFaith.