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April 20, 2005
Contact: Charla Jenkins, University Theatre, (785) 864-2684.

KU Theatre to close season with Bernstein's musical 'Candide'

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Film, University Theatre and the KU Department of Music and Dance will present "Candide," featuring the KU Symphony Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30 and May 5, 6 and 7, and at 2:30 p.m. May 1 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall.

With music by Leonard Bernstein and a book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, the popular musical features lyrics by Richard Wilbur with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and John Latouche.

Tim Ocel, associate professor and assistant director of opera at KU, is stage director for the musical production.

Conducting the 17-piece orchestra are Steven McDonald, Reading, Mass., doctoral student in musical arts, and Andres Franco, Medellin, Colombia, doctoral student. Scenic designer is Robbie Jones, Garden City master's degree student in scenography, with lighting design by Nicholas C. Mosher, Lawrence senior, and costume design by Kelly Vogel, Tonganoxie master's degree student in design. Leslie Bennett, assistant professor of theatre and film, choreographed the production, and Paul Meier, professor of theatre and film, served as diction coach.

Featuring a legendary score by Bernstein, "Candide" is one of the most often revived of the classic cult musicals. Part sophisticated operetta, part wacky screwball comedy with shades of Monty Python, the funny, irreverent satire is a musical expression of Voltaire's tongue-in-cheek send-up of optimistic philosophies.

In the play, a young man is determined to follow his instructor's creed of mindless optimism. Even after he is banished from his homeland, captured by Bulgarians, beaten and left for dead by the Spanish Inquisition, robbed of everything he owns and torn repeatedly from the woman he loves, Candide still clings to the philosophy that "everything is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds." He and his friends eventually find themselves in a cave in Turkistan, seeking guidance from the Wisest Man in the World -- a ghost from their past who has a surprising revelation for them.

"Candide" deals with adult subject matter and is suitable only for high school-age students and older, Ocel said.

Reserved seat tickets for the musical are on sale in the KU ticket offices: University Theatre, (785) 864-3982, and the Lied Center, (785) 864-ARTS, and online at http://kutheatre.com; public $18, senior citizens and KU faculty and staff $17, and all students $10.

Members of the cast for "Candide" are listed below by name, level, major, parents' names, high school (if available) and role:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Baldwin City and Hampton, Neb.
Jedidiah Kruger, sophomore in voice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rob Kruger, Baldwin City, and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Ganghen, Hampton, Neb.; Hampton High School; Looter Man, Father Bernard and Ensemble.

From Lawrence
Evan Grosshans, senior in theatre and voice, son of Kip and Kay Grosshans; Lawrence High School; Dr. Pangloss, Businessman and Ensemble.
Dylan Hilpman, junior in theatre and voice, son of Dwight and Peggy Hilpman; Lawrence Free State High School; Maximilian and Ensemble.
Kevin Miller, senior in voice, son of Thomas and Deborah Miller; Lawrence High School; Spanish Don No. 1 and Ensemble.
Nicholas C. Mosher, senior in theatre design, son of Paul and Kathy Mosher; Lawrence High School; lighting design.

FINNEY COUNTY
From Garden City
Alicia Gian, senior in theatre and voice, daughter of Michael and Janis Gian; Garden City High School; Old Lady and Ensemble.
Robbie Jones, master's degree student in scenography; scenic design.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Olathe
Amy Cahill, freshman in voice, daughter of Richard and Sharon Cahill; Olathe South High School; Ensemble.
Mitchell Creed, freshman in human biology, son of Larry and Judy Lockwood; Olathe South High School; Maximilian's Servant, Officer #1, Penitent, Aide and Ensemble.

From Overland Park
Courtney Gelvin, sophomore in voice, daughter of Karen and Jeff Gelvin; Shawnee Mission South High School; Looter Woman and Ensemble.
Akiko Imakawa, master's degree student in voice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kazuhiko Imakawa; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Cunegonde.

From Roeland Park Andi Porter, freshman in theatre and education, daughter of Scott and Carol Porter; Bishop Miege High School, Mission; Sheep No. 3 and Ensemble.

From Shawnee
Benjamin Murbach, senior in voice, son of Mary Murbach; Bishop Miege High School, Mission; Inquisition Judge and Ensemble.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Tonganoxie
Kelly Vogel, master's degree student in design; Turner High School, Kansas City, Kan.

NEMAHA COUNTY
From Sabetha
Meaghan Deiter, senior in theatre and voice, daughter of Steve Deiter; Sabetha High School, Baroness, Sheep No. 1 and Ensemble.
Tyler M. Simpson, junior in voice, son of Bill and Kathy Simpson; Sabetha High School; Spanish Don No. 3 and Ensemble.

PAWNEE COUNTY
From Larned
Kate Giessel, junior in theatre and linguistics, daughter of Tom and Sheryl Giessel; Larned High School; Voltaire No. 2.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan
Lauren Henderson, freshman in voice, daughter of Philip Henderson and Nan Ambrosy; Manhattan High School; Sheep No. 2 and Ensemble.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina
Lauren R. Marshall, junior in theatre and voice, daughter of Eric and Barbara Marshall; Salina South High School; Sheep No. 4 and Ensemble.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Marland Chang, sophomore in theatre and voice, son of Tao-shen and Kang Chang; Wichita Collegiate High School, Cockney Sailor and Ensemble.
William Hammons, senior in theatre and voice, son of Ridge Hammons and Mark and Sunny Levy; Bishop Carroll High School; the Governor and Ensemble.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Stephen Ferrell, sophomore in theatre and English, son of Al Ferrell, Perry-Lecompton High School; Don Issachar and Ensemble.
Lindsay Ohse, senior in voice, daughter of Susan and David Oshe; Topeka High School; Paquette and Ensemble.

IOWA
From Cedar Rapids
Laura Fleming, junior in music therapy and voice, daughter of Mark and Joyce Fleming; Kennedy High School; Ensemble.

MAINE
From Falmouth
Carter Royce Waite, sophomore in theatre, son of DeDe and David Waite; Officer #2, Penitent, Slave Driver and Ensemble.

MASSACHUSETTS
From Reading
Steven McDonald, doctoral student in musical arts; orchestra co-conductor.

MINNESOTA
From Lakeville
Justin Knudsen, junior in theatre and creative writing, son of Ken and Barb Knudsen; Lakeville Senior High School; Voltaire No. 1.

MISSOURI
From Bates City
Andrew Fuchs, sophomore in voice, son of Steve and Carla Downs, Odessa High School, Inquisition Agent, Spanish Don No. 2 and Ensemble.

From Lee's Summit
Candice Bondank, sophomore in theatre and voice, daughter of Tom Bondank; Shawnee Mission South High School, Overland Park, Kan.; Ensemble.

NEBRASKA
From Hampton and Baldwin City, Kan.
Jedidiah Kruger. See Douglas County, Kan.

TEXAS
From Richardson
Brandon Snook, senior in voice, son of Dan and Dana Snook; L.V. Berkner High School; Candide.

WISCONSIN
From Milwaukee
Christian Elser, doctoral student in voice, son of Kimberley M. Elser; University School of Milwaukee; Baron, Grand Inquisitor, Lion and Ensemble.

COLOMBIA
From Medellin
Andres Franco, doctoral student in musical arts; orchestra co-conductor.

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