Spring musical "Carnival" caps TU's theatre season

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Published on 4/15/08

The University of Tulsa Department of Theatre will complete its 2007–2008 season with "Carnival," April 17–20 and 24–27 in Chapman Theatre in Kendall Hall. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The two Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. on April 20 and 27.

"Carnival" received seven Tony award nominations for its portrayal of an orphaned young woman, Lili, who becomes enchanted with a run-down Parisian carnival. Amid the colorful characters, a magician and a puppeteer vie for Lili’s affections using their performing talents.

"This cast is one of the best I’ve ever worked with," said Machele Dill, applied assistant professor of musical theater. "They’ve been so positive and fun. Everyone has thought about running away to the circus, and we get to do it every night."

TU students will show off many new talents for the show, including roles as a juggling stilt walker, dancers, an aerialist, tumblers, and a dog trainer. The musical features a student orchestra, student-built sets and lavish costumes. Additionally, TU professors handcrafted the puppets that play a central part in winning Lili’s heart.

All performances will take place in Kendall Hall on the TU campus. Tickets are $7 for regular admission, $5 for non-TU students and senior citizens, and $2 for TU students, staff and faculty. For more information, call TU Department of Theatre at (918) 631-2566.