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KU Theatre for Young People to open season Oct. 1 with 'Still Life With Iris'

LAWRENCE -- "Still Life With Iris," a fantastical adventure by Steven Dietz, opens the University of Kansas Theatre for Young People 2004-05 season with performances Oct. 1-6.

The public performance at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre is part of KU-TYP's 50th anniversary celebration that weekend. Performances for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Lawrence and Douglas County schools are at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 and 4-6.

"Still Life With Iris" is directed by Jeanne Klein, associate professor of theatre and film and director of KU's children's theatre program. Scenic design is by Sandy Appleoff, Falls City, Neb., graduate student, while lighting design is by Nicholas C. Mosher, Lawrence senior. The costumes were designed by Brandt C. Huseby, a 1992 KU alumnus who is a professional costumer.

The play, based on the 1980 book "Caretakers of Wonder," written and illustrated by Cooper Edens, tells of a girl's search for the simplest of things: home.

Iris lives with her mother in the land of Nocturno, where memories are not in people's minds but are kept in their coats, called "Past Coats." The rulers of Nocturno want only the best of everything on their private island; since Iris is so delightful, they choose her to be their "best" daughter. They take her Past Coat so she has no memory of home or family, leaving only a single button as a clue to help Iris find her way back.

Since leaving KU, Huseby, a native of Overland Park who received a bachelor's in fine arts, has worked in television and film in Los Angeles. His major TV credits include "The Shield," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The West Wing." His film work includes "Spider-Man 2," "Wild, Wild West" and "The Princess Diaries 2."

Reserved seat tickets are on sale at the University Theatre, 864-3982, and Lied Center, 864-ARTS, and on-line at http://kutheatre.com. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for students, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for KU faculty and staff.

Information for "Still Life With Iris" cast and designers is listed by hometown, major, parents' names and high school (if available) and role.

From Lawrence
Nicholas Mosher, senior in theatre design, son of Paul and Kathy Mosher; Lawrence High School; lighting designer.

From Overland Park
Lauren Arnold, junior in voice, daughter of Tim and Claudia Arnold; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Hazel and Gretta Good. From Overland Park; Venice, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo.
Brandt C. Huseby, bachelor of fine arts in theatre design in 1992, son of William and Katherine Huseby, Kansas City, Mo.; Shawnee Mission West High School; costume designer.

From Leavenworth
Jon Matteson, freshman in theatre and film, son of Wallace and Christine Matteson; Leavenworth Senior High School; Elmer and Grotto Good.

From Manhattan
Dale Buchheister, sophomore in communication studies and theatre and film, son of James and Carol Buchheister; Manhattan High School; Flower Painter and Mozart.

From Wichita
Marland Chang, sophomore in music, son of Tao-shen and Kang Chang; Wichita Collegiate School; Mister Matternot.

From WaKeeney
Wendy Fossum, freshman in English, daughter of Robert and Lynelle Fossum; Hays High School; Leaf Monitor and Annabel Lee.

From Yates Center
Ian Stark, doctoral student in pharmacy, son of Ronald and Judith Stark; Yates Center High School; Bolt Bender and Mister Otherguy.

From Kansas City
Robert Steele, senior in theatre and film, son of Larry and Colleen Steele; Washington High School; Memory Mender and Mister Himtoo.

From Venice
Brandt C. Huseby. (See Overland Park, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.)

From Wheaton
Larissa Ejzak, junior in physics and theatre and film, daughter of Richard and Karen Ejzak, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School; Iris' Mom and Miss Overlook.

From Kansas City
Brandt C. Huseby (see Overland Park, Kan., and Venice, Calif.)

From Falls City
Sandy Appleoff, master's student in design; scenic designer.

From Tokyo
Erika Danielle Crane, senior in theatre and film with human development and family life minor, daughter of Gene and Hideko Crane; International School of the Sacred Heart; Iris.


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