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'Dancing at Lughnasa' presented by CCU Theatre

February 12, 2010

Coastal Carolina University Theatre presents Dancing at Lughnasa by Irish playwright Brian Friel beginning Thursday, Feb. 18 through Saturday, Feb. 20 and Wednesday, Feb. 24 through Saturday, Feb. 27. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. except for a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 20 that will be performed by the cast of understudies.

The drama will be presented at the 79th avenue theatre located at the University's Myrtle Beach Education center at U.S. 17 Bypass and 79th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

Set in 1936 in County Donegal in Ireland, "Dancing at Lughnasa" is a memory play told from the point of view of the narrator Michael Evans as an adult. He recounts the summer in his aunts' cottage when he was seven years old.

It is the story of the Mundy sisters, five unmarried women who live in a small cottage in the fictional town of Ballybeg on the west coast of Ireland. The narrator, who is the illegitimate son of one of the sisters, meets his father for the first time that summer, as well as his missionary uncle, just returned from 25 years in Uganda. The strain of poverty, the conflicting temperaments of the spinster sisters, and the emotional weight of the summer's events threaten to destroy the foundation of the family. Widely regarded as Friel's masterpiece, this haunting play is his tribute to the spirit and power of the past.

Directed by Monica Bell, assistant professor of theatre at the University, and assistant directed by Joseph Royko, the play features student performers Jonathan Natterstad, Caroline Davis, Katie Smith, Rachel Swindler, Rebecca D. Pack, Emily Beth Brockway, Caleb Jernigan and Caleb Brannen.

Understudies who will perform at the 3 p.m. matinee on Feb. 20 are Robert Stetson, Cat Marshall, Felicia Piowers, Earlene Copas, Hannah Johnson, Jenna Rockett, Ryan Shaefer and Townsend Pass.

General admission is $15; alumni, senior citizens (65+) and Osher Lifelong Learner Institute members, $10; CCU and HGTC faculty and staff, $10 (two per valid ID); CCU and HGTC students, $5 (one per valid ID); teens (11 to 17) and children, accompanied by an adult (10 and under), $5.

For tickets and more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 843-349-2502.