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Abbey Players Present Fall Performance, "Love of Three Oranges"

November 02, 2015

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The Abbey Players Fall performanceSaint Anselm's student theater group, The Anselmian Abbey Players, will present Hillary DePiano's adaptation of The Love of Three Oranges. The play will open on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and run until Saturday, Nov. 7.

The production features an ensemble of 13 students including first-year student Julia Nosel as the narrator, sophomore Erika Ellis as Fata Morgana, and junior Mark Kelly as the famous court jester, Truffaldino. English professor and Abbey Players Director Dr. Landis K. Magnuson will direct the show alongside assistant directors Kate Dugas and Kyle Carreiro (both sophomores).

An Italian fairy tale based on a scenario by Cario Gozzi, The Love of Three Oranges provides a wild, raucous slapstick comedy, recreated for today's audiences. Prince Tartaglia's lonely life is filled with misery until the evil witch, Fata Morgana, and her evil henchmen send him on a search for three giant oranges. However, this quest proves more fruitful than anyone could have imagined.

Throughout his journey, the prince discovers love, friendship, and laughter as he encounters wizards, monarchs, and a wild narrator who is never far from the action. The Love of Three Oranges is a commedia dell'arte, which breaks down the fourth wall to make the audience feel as if they are in the play.

Carreiro, a double major in natural science and education, emphasizes the amount of work that he and the entire crew put in to make sure the show is a success.

"The cast spends many hours in and out of rehearsals memorizing lines and trying to perfect the characters," says Carriero. "As assistant directors, we are responsible for enforcing what the director wants and for helping in any way we can to make the production a success."

He adds, "The show is full of funny moments that are sure to keep the audience laughing. It will be a memorable performance that everyone will enjoy."

Reserved seating tickets are $13. Tickets for seniors, faculty, alumni and children 14 and under are $11. For additional information, visit the Dana Center Web site at www.anselm.edu/dana.

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