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Appalachian Young People’s Theatre presents “The Adventures of Don Quixote” April 25-27

BOONE—Knights and dragons come to life in the Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT) production of “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by Steven Fogell. This classic story for all ages will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 p.m. both Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, in the IG Greer Studio Theatre at Appalachian State University.

View larger imageDon Quixote, standing, portrayed by Appalachian State University student Ian Lawrence, poses some unusual challenges for Courtney Adams, left, in the role of Loretta and Sloane Hickson, right, as the Innkeeper in “The Adventures of Don Quixote.” The Appalachian Young People’s Theatre production will have three performances April 25-27 in Boone during its regional spring tour. Photo credit: José Zárate.View larger imageView larger image

Ticket prices start at just $5 for children and students with a $10 admission price for adults. For more information go to http://theatre.appstate.edu, or call the box office at 828-262-3063 or at the toll-free number 800-841-ARTS (2787).

“The Adventures of Don Quixote” is adapted from the classic novel by Miguel Cervantes and set in Spain during the 16th century. This production brings the colorful characters of Don Quixote, Sancho and others to life as they literally step out of the book onto the stage to battle windmills and slay dragons.

In this retelling of a well-known story, Sancho is an orphan stable boy who is captivated by the challenge of joining Alonso Quixano on his quest to become a knight. “By having Sancho written as a boy instead of an adult, the author gives us the opportunity to experience the adventures through the child’s perspective,” said Teresa Lee, Appalachian professor and director of the production. “The emphasis in this production is on how reading and books can spark the imagination and inspire us to follow our dreams.”

All Appalachian students, the company consists of six actors, one stage manager and one tour manager. The students prepare everything for the production, including creating the sets and costumes. Lee explains, “It is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply theatre, collaboration and group problem-solving skills that we teach here in the Department of Theatre and Dance. It is exciting to be able to bring the show back to campus and share it with our own community after they have been performing for school audiences around the region.”

This year’s AYPT performance company includes theatre majors Courtney Adams, Sloane Hickson, Ian Lawrence, Carmen Lawrence, Christian Underwood and Taylor Anne Wade. Senior Luke White is the tour manager and freshman Melody Faith Marshall is stage manager.

From modest beginnings, AYPT has grown into a highly successful outreach program of Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Since its inception in 1972, AYPT has reached an estimated 150,000 children and continues to serve 15,000 students a year. AYPT is committed to bringing high quality, low-cost live theatre experiences to young audiences in North Carolina.

Tickets are available in person Monday through Friday at the Schaefer Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Valborg Theatre box office from 1 to 5 p.m. You may also obtain tickets by phone at 828-262-3063, and online at http://theatre.appstate.edu, or at the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre one hour prior to each performance.

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the side of I.G. Greer Hall below the main auditorium. Parking is available on campus in faculty lots after 5 p.m. and in the Rivers Street parking deck and the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.

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.

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Media contact

Keith Martin
828-262-8179
martinkt1@appstate.edu