Since part of the allure of theatre is the anticipation of opening night, audience members will get another week to look forward to "Hay Fever," a taste of Noel Coward's comedy and music at NDNU Theatre.
The show, presented by Notre Dame de Namur University's Department of Theatre and Dance, was scheduled to open Fri., Oct. 19, but due to some production delays, opening night is now Fri., Oct. 26. The show will Oct. 26-28.
"Hay Fever" will showcase both the playwriting and musical talents of Noel Coward.
“The play is a romp: a wacky celebration of all things British,” said director Bruce Williams.
“It takes us into the world of the Bliss family where drama rules and correctness is set on its’ ear. Four unsuspecting guests, invited to the country home of David, Judith, Simon and Sorel Bliss take their chances as they navigate a hilarious weekend from hell.”
The performance also features a musical tribute to Noel Coward, who composed music and lyrics in addition to writing plays. The tribute showcases some of Coward’s best songs, performed by students and visiting artist Brent Holland.
Holland is a veteran musical performer, having spent twelve seasons as a featured member of Beach Blanket Babylon. He is known to local audiences for his annual performance as the Ghost of Christmas Present in the annual NDNU production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.”
The NDNU production features a cast of student actors Danielle Vivion, Margaret Gorrell, Mark Aho, Fiona McVicar, Johnny Villar, Clark Bernard, Audra Batter and Elaina Vielbaum, along with visiting artists Mary Hill, George Metropulos and Brent Holland.
In addition to director Williams, “Hay Fever” also features assistant director Terry Kitagawa, music director Larry Rice, scenic director R. Dutch Fritz, costume designer Barbara Kassal, lighting designer William Springhorn, properties designer Mary Hill, makeup and hair designer Jennifer Earlywine, dialect coach Lynne Sofer, accompanist Jeremy Erman, stage manager John Ballas and assistant stage managers Arnold Orozco Ramirez and Felicia Fox.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicating its 2012-13 Season to Keith Kreitman, Bay Area critic, writer and arts advocate, who passed away in August.
General admission is $10.00 Performances are Oct. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. A special student matinee will be held on Oct. 25. For additional information contact the NDNU Theatre box office at (650) 508-3456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Ave.