ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts will open the 2008-09 season with the zany comedy, “Scapino!” by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale. Andrew Gaupp, professor and associate chairman for theatre arts, will direct. This show received rave reviews in its original premiere on Broadway. The comedy, set in a dockside restaurant in Naples, begins with a song made up from the menu. Two friends, whose fathers are arranging their marriages, turn to Scapino, a wily servant, to remedy the situation. Chases, word-play and mistaken identities, all leading to a happy ending, make this play a rip-roaring good time.
The production runs at 8 p.m. Oct. 8 through 11 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 in the Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St. Reservations are highly recommended. Ticket prices are $10 for general public and $7 for senior citizens, students with ID and UT Arlington faculty and staff. Contact the Department of Theatre Arts box office at (817) 272-2669 for information, tickets/reservations or group rates.
The cast features the following student performers: Stephen Howell as Scapino, Dagan Smith as Ottavio, Wesley Farnsworth as Sylvestro, Nikki Singer as Giacinta, Paul Engle as Argante and Porter Gandy as Geronte. O.T. Allen plays Leandro, Tyson Jones is Carlo and Melissa Kendall is Zerbinetta. In addition, the nurse is played by Leslie Jones and William Haynes, Joseph Tripp, Nick Melita and Alexandra Boyd-Rogers play the Ristorante Waitstaff. Understudies are Nick Irion and Shelley Ohmes.
The show also features the faculty’s design and production talents. Specialist Michelle Harvey is set designer, Specialist Jared Land is lighting and sound designer and Specialist Marla Grant is costume designer. The production manager is Assistant Professor David Navalinsky. In addition, theatre arts majors Elizabeth McWithey and Nick Irion serve as stage manager and assistant director, respectively. Contact Natalie Gaupp, visiting assistant professor of theatre arts, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 272-5722 to arrange student interviews or for more information.
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