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“The Madwoman of Chaillot” presented April 24-28

BOONE—Jean Giraudoux’s timeless comedy “The Madwoman of Chaillot” will be presented April 24-28 by Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the state-of-the-art Valborg Theatre on campus. The play follows an eccentric countess on her quest to rid the world of all evil and corrupt people.

View larger imageSenior Emma Holland, left, portrays the title role in Jean Giraudoux’s timeless comedy “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” currently in production by the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance. Featured in the cast are students Victor Rivera, center, as The Ragpicker and Jacob Daily in the role of Pierre. Performances run April 24-28 in Valborg Theatre. Photo credit: Natalie CarpenterView larger image“The Madwoman of Chaillot,” presented April 24-28 in the Valborg Theatre on campus, features an all-student cast with, left to right, Jacob Daily as Pierre, Emma Holland in the title role and Taylor Hauck in the role of Irma. Photo credit: Natalie Carpenter

The play will be presented April 24-27 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on April 28 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $8 for Appalachian students. For more information, visit, or call the box office at 828-262-3063 or toll-free at 800-841-ARTS (2787).

When a greedy prospector and his cohorts discover oil beneath a cafe in Paris and plan to destroy the city – and anyone who gets in their way – to get the precious substance, it is up to Countess Aurelia and her band of colorful misfits to stop them. Written during the Nazi Occupation of Paris during World War II, “The Madwoman of Chaillot” is a timeless allegory about the extraordinary things that can be accomplished when the “vagabonds” of the world unite and stand up for what they believe.

Theatre professor Teresa Lee directs the play. With the economy today still suffering from the damages of Ponzi schemes and corporate greed, the imminent threats to arts, culture, and the environment – including heated debates over drilling and oil pipelines – Lee stated, “In my lifetime, I cannot think of a more relevant time for this play to be done.”

Working alongside Lee is a design team made up of Appalachian theatre faculty members Mike Helms as set designer, John Marty as lighting designer, Sue Williams as costume designer and student Melanie Miller designing sound. This team has worked together to captivate the audience and bring the fantasy world of this comedy to life. Lee’s visual inspiration was partly founded in Vincente Minnelli’s critically acclaimed 1951 movie classic “An American in Paris.”

Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available on campus in faculty lots after 5 p.m. and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the B.S. degree in teaching theatre arts and the B.A. degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.