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Middlebury College’s “Pentecost” Selected for American College Theatre Festival

January 13, 2014

Theatre Program Makes Ninth Trip to Prestigious Competition

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Middlebury, VT—David Edgar’s 1994 play “Pentecost,” produced by Middlebury College’s Theatre Program in November 2013, has been chosen for production at the American College Theatre Festival. The cast and crew will travel to Hyannis, Massachusetts to perform in the New England Region competition on January 29.

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“Pentecost” is the ninth Middlebury College production to be selected for regional American College Theatre Festival presentation. In previous years, the program has successfully entered “Serenading Louie” (the 1988 company included Alex Draper ’88, who was then a student, and now a faculty member and the actor who portrays Leo Katz in “Pentecost”); “The Gamesmen” by Shawn Ryan ’88, creator of the television series “The Shield” and “Chicago Hope;” “Havel: the Passion of Thought;” “The Last Supper Restoration” (the senior thesis work of Dan O’Brien ’96); “Arcadia;” “Boys’ Life;” “Scenes from an Execution;” and “The Bewitched.” The latter two productions were subsequently invited to move on to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the national festival.

The American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) is a national organization that supports and promotes college and university theatre in all its aspects. In addition to productions, the festival also includes workshops and competitions for playwrights, designers (set, light, sound, and costume), dramaturges, and theatre scholars. Middlebury has enjoyed strong participation in all these categories since 1987.

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With a cast of 28 students, professors, and professional actors, “Pentecost” is one of the largest companies in the history of the Theatre Program. The group includes professional actors Jeffries Thaiss from New York and Alex Draper ’88. Middlebury’s rich international community is heavily represented by students Tosca Giustini ’15, Paula Bogutyn ’13.5, Roksana Gabidullina ’16, Anis Mebarki ’15, Marium Sultan ’16, and alumnus Aubrey Dube ’11. The cast is completed by Professor of Russian Tom Beyer, and students Teddy Anderson ’13.5, Nicholas Hemerling ’14.5, Mari Vial-Golden ’14, Adam Benay ’14, Tom Califra ’14, Leah Sarbib ’15.5, Katie Weatherseed ’17, Dana Tripp ’14, Alexander Burnett ’16, Maggie Cochrane ’16, Zach Lounsbury ’15.5, and Boone McCoy-Crisp ’15.5. Joining the cast for the January production are Caitlin Dennis ’06.5, Shannon Fiedler ’14, and Adam Milano ’15.

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The stage manager for “Pentecost” is Kristy Bodall, a New York-based professional. Production design is by Mark Evancho (set), Jule Emerson (costumes), Hallie Zieselman (lighting), and Aubrey Dube ’11 (sound). Nicholas Hemerling ’14.5 and Jake Dombroski ’17 are assistant stage mangers; Paul Ugalde is fight director; Jim Dougherty and Allison Rimmer provide properties and technical direction. Theatre Professor Richard Romagnoli was the director of the fall production (with Alex Draper); Professor Cheryl Faraone has assumed the direction for the Festival production.

Middlebury’s participation in the festival will also include students auditioning for the Irene Ryan Scholarship: Nick Hemerling ’14.5, Adam Milano ’15, Shannon Fiedler ’14, Erica Furgiuele ’15, Boone McCoy-Crisp ’15.5, Caitlin Duffy ’16, and Matt Ball ’14. They will be partnered by Joelle Mendoza Etchart ’15, Jackson Prince ’17, Katie Weatherseed ’17, and Maggie Cochrane ’16. Krista Duke ’15, Cordelia Prouvost ’17, and Annie MacPherson ’16 will participate in the regional costume design adjudication process.

“Pentecost” will be performed on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. at the Tilden Theatre in Barnstable, Massachusetts. For tickets or further information, call (508) 362-2131, extension 4044 or 4649.

Photos, from top:

Alex Draper '88 and Tosca Giustini '15, photo Stan Barouh

The November 2013 Middlebury College production of "Pentecost," photo Stan Barouh

Jeffries Thaiss and and Tosca Giustini '15, photo Stan Barouh

Audrey Dube '11 and the cast of "Pentecost," photo Stan Barouh