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REHEARSING 'A DOLL'S HOUSE' – Kayla Hill of Walker, left, and Olivia Matte of Abita Springs rehearse a scene from Henrik Ibsen's classic play "A Doll's House," a performance scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-18 at Southeastern Louisiana University's Vonnie Borden Theatre. The play is part of Fanfare, Southeastern's annual fall festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. For ticket information call 985-549-2115.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will launch its fall theatre season with a four-night performance of Henrik Ibsen's classic play, "A Doll's House," considered one of the world's most often performed plays.
Presented by Southeastern Theatre as part of Fanfare, the university's fall celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences, the production will run in Vonnie Borden Theatre Oct. 15-18.
All performances are at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors, and non-Southeastern students; and Southeastern students are admitted free with ID. Tickets are available at the Vonnie Borden box office in D Vickers Hall, 985-549-2115.
Directed by Theatre Instructor Chad Winters, "A Doll's House" premiered in Denmark in 1879 and proved to be scandalous among its first audiences. The play tells the story of the protagonist Nora, who leaves her apparently comfortable life with her husband and children when a secret from her past is revealed. Nora comes to believe she is in a loveless marriage and seeks to discover herself.
"The themes in the play are still relevant to a modern audience."explained Winters. "And while the setting is in the Victorian Era, we don't let that shackle us. It was a time of good etiquette and being proper in social settings, but the audience gets to peak behind closed doors and see how they really behaved at home."
The main character of Nora is played by Olivia Matte of Abita Springs, while the male lead – Nora's husband Torvald – is played by M.J. Ricks of Lacombe.
The cast and their roles also includes Jaimee Rome (Mrs Linde) and Regan Deslonde (Emmy) of Covington, Chris Dalton of Prairieville (Krogstad), Kyle French (Dr. Rank) and Ian Hoover (Bob) of Hammond, Kayla Hill of Walker (Anne-Marie), Shelbi Berthelot of Luling (Helene), and Jojo Atwell of Watson (Ivan).
The set was designed by student Matt Green of Mandeville. Lighting design is by Steve Schepker, costumes are by Mignon Chervet, both members of the university faculty.
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.