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"The Robber Bridegroom" opens March 4

News Release — 17 February 2009


Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, (817) 272-3317,

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts' spring musical will be the song-filled adaptation of Eudora Welty's famous novella "The Robber Bridegroom." The show will run at 8 p.m. March 4 through 7, and at 2:30 p.m. March 7 and 8 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St.   

The story, set in Mississippi, has a fairytale quality and a cast of characters that includes a gentleman robber, the girl he craves, a village idiot, a greedy, sex-crazed stepmother and bumbling thieves who mistakenly kidnap the stepmother.  The musical score is by Robert Waldman, with book and lyrics by Alfred Uhry.

Directed by Anne Healy, a lecturer in theatre arts, the production features UT Arlington students Chennel Ahmed as Airie, Lyssa Dennis as Raven, Jill Deramus as Rosamund, Wesley Farsworth as Goat, Porter Gandy as Big Harp and Melissa Kendall as Salome.

Other student performers are Shelley Ohmes as Goat's Mother, Jackie Pickard as Clement Musgrove, Alan Pollard as Jamie Lockhart and Jason Villarreal as Little Harp.  Ensemble members are Andras Bodolai, Tracy Davis, Nyet-Abasi Edet, Tonya Free, Nick Gould, Stephen Howell, Tyson Jones, Andrea Lewis and Nikki Singer.

Michelle Harvey, Jared Land and Marla Grant, all theater arts specialists, are the set, lighting and sound and costume designers.  Associate Professor Joe Kongevick serves as makeup designer, and Assistant Professor David Navalinsky is technical director and production manager.  Theatre arts major Jacqueline Pettit is stage manager, assisted by students Miguel Marin and Philip Lambert.

Reservations are recommended.  Ticket prices are $11; $8 for senior citizens, students with ID, and UT Arlington faculty and staff.  Call the Department of Theatre Arts box office at (817) 272-2669 for reservations or group rates. 

Contact  Natalie Gaupp, visiting assistant professor, at  or (817) 272-5722 for more information.


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