April 20, 2005
McLeod Theater to stage 'Dancing at Lughnasa'CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Get ready to kick up your heels in late April as the musical "Dancing at Lughnasa" bursts onto the McLeod Theater stage at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
The curtain will go up at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 27-30, and at 2 p.m. Sunday May 1. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $6 for SIUC students with IDs and children. To charge by phone, call 618/453-3001.
Box office hours are noon-5: 30 p.m. weekdays and an hour before each performance. The theater and box office are located in the Communications Building on campus.
A three-time Tony Award winner, the play peeks in on five Irish sisters living in the hills of rural Ireland in the mid -1930s. But when they receive their first radio, music begins to brighten their lives.
Dancing and music in the play explore the themes of Irish cultural identity, nostalgia, historical change and religious rituals.
SIUC's Theater Department is sponsoring the play in conjunction with the 2005 Irish Festival, a variety of cultural events around campus and Carbondale that unfold over several days and nights.
Segun Ojewuyi, assistant professor of theater, will direct the work. SIUC alumnus James Moody will serve as lighting designer.
"Dancing at Lughnasa" wraps up McLeod Theater's regular season.
Penned by Brian Friel, it first graced the Abbey Theatre stage in Dublin Ireland in 1990. After that, it moved to Broadway, to much critical acclaim.
(Caption 1: All in the family — Collegiate cast members in the McLeod Theater’s spring musical fill the set of “Dancing at Lughnasa,” a Tony-awarding winning play full of Irish music, dancing and quotidian tales.
The curtain will go up at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 27-30 and at 2 p.m. Sunday May 1. For tickets, call 618/453-3001.
McLeod Theater and its box office are located in the Communications Building on Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s campus.
Pictured, from left, are Maureen Conway as Rose, Ryan Richardson as Jack, Katie Ann Small as Alice, Shavon M. Wagner as Maggie, Jennifer Cannon as Kate and Erin Coatney as Chris.Photo by Jeff Garner )
(Caption 2: Celtic couple — A trio from the Irish musical “Dancing at Lughnasa” rehearse on the McLeod Theater stage in the Communications Building at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
The award-winning production — featuring lively Celtic music and dance — will be staged in conjunction with the annual Irish Festival in Carbondale. The curtain will go up at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 27-30 and at 2 p.m. Sunday May 1. For tickets, call 618/453-3001.
On the set, from left are, Scott R. Irelan as Michael, Jason Rost as Gerry and Maureen Conway as Rose.
Photo by Jeff Garner)