Award-Winning Cast and Crew Bring ‘Cherry Orchard’ to Hartung Stage

Friday, April 11


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts is bringing “The Cherry Orchard,” a classic of the stage, to campus this spring. Under the direction of professor Robert Caisley, the play receives a whimsical twist, as Caisley says was originally intended by its author, Anton Chekhov.

The play runs April 24-26 and May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 and May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Hartung Theater on the University of Idaho campus.

The production features an experienced and award-winning cast and crew, including:

· Emily Nash, the regional recipient of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. In mid-April she travels to Washington D.C. to compete in the national Irene Ryan competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
· MFA candidate Courtney Smith, who designed “The Cherry Orchard” set and is the recent winner of a Meritorious Award for his scenic design of “Ordinary Time,” which the University of Idaho produced earlier this year.
· Costume designer Max Holley, a BFA candidate, who is creating the costumes for “The Cherry Orchard.” Holley won a Meritorious Award for his Ghost of Christmas Future “gown and crown” creation for “A Christmas Carol” at a recent regional competition.

Tickets for “The Cherry Orchard” are $10 for the general public; $8 for UI faculty, staff and seniors; and free for UI and WSU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UI Kibbie Dome Ticket Office, or by calling 208-885-7212. Tickets will also be for sale at the door on the evenings of the event.

Contact: Kelly O’Neill, Theatre Arts, 208-885-6465, koneill@uidaho.edu



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