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March 22, 2011

Marquis Players Present Annual Musical Fundraiser Aida March 31-April 2

The cast from last year's Marquis Players production of Once on this Island.

The Marquis Players will present this year’s musical fundraiser, Aida, at 8 p.m. March 31 and April 1and 3 p.m. April 2 in the Williams Center for the Arts.

The student-run theater organization donates all proceeds from its annual production to charity. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance from noon-1 p.m. March 28-April1 in Farinon College Center., or by contacting business manager Eric Mortensen ’12 at mortense@lafayette.edu.

Aida is a Grammy and Tony award-winning musical with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. This electrifying piece is a contemporary musical take on the classic tale of forbidden love. As love blossoms between Radames, the captain of the Egyptian army, and Aida, the kidnapped princess of Nubia, the young lovers are forced to face death or be apart forever. With a pop-rock heavy score, Aida is a crowd-pleasing spectacle which has invigorated audiences since its first showings.

All aspects of the production, from set design to fundraising to choreography, are completely run by students. The group is advised by Jessica Goldblat, assistant director of admissions.

Each year, the Marquis Players raise more than $5,000 for charities including the Dan O’Neil Memorial Fund, Third Street Alliance, Safe Harbor, Habitat for Humanity, Turning Point, Lehigh Valley Food Bank, and Lafayette’s Meals for the Homeless program.

Cast:

  • Aida-Brandi Porter ’13
  • Radames-Eric Mortensen ’12
  • Amneris-Sam Smith ’12
  • Zoser-Scott Blond ’11
  • Mereb-Joe Tumulty ’14
  • Nehebka-Anna Schulman ’12
  • Pharaoh-Mason Carter ’11
  • Amonsaro-Ian Owens ’11
  • Ministers-Katie Leonard ’12, Nathaniel Kelley ’12, Alex Lucy ’12, Brad O’Brien ’14, Devon Thorsell ’13, Peter Berexa ’14, Stephanie Petersen ’14, Dan Kim ’13, Brian Stobbe ’11, Ian Owens ’11, David Bucholtz ’11, and Joe Tumulty ’14
  • Palace Women-Alex Lucy ’12, Allie Schumeyko ’14, Anna Chiumento ’14, and Katie Wyttenbach ’11
  • Dancers-Rachel Ingber ’11, Rebecca Mohler ’11, Chelsea Brill ’13, Ciara O’Sullivan ’12,  Jessica London ’13, and Melissa Heller ’11
  • Chorus-Jackie Gowdy ’11, Rachel Hamilton ’14, Brenna Murphy ’14, Alex Lucy ’12, Elizabeth Allacco ’14, Rachel Kutz ’14, Lorre-Ann Fisher ’12, Rachel Herman ’13, Anne Bond ’13, Julia Harris ’13, Jess Youndt ’14Dan Kim ’13, Peter Berexa ’14, Brad O’Brien ’14, David Bucholtz ’11Ian Owens ’11, Joe Tumulty ’14, Mason Carter ’11, Brian Stobbe ’11, and Nathaniel Kelley ’12

Production Staff:

  • Director-Brett Billings ’12
  • Set Designers-Amy Durcan ’12, Ben Herchenroether ’12 and Rebecca Stewart ’13
  • Costume Designer-Devon Thorsell ’13
  • Lighting Designer-Josh Stokes ’12
  • Sound Designer-John Rowland ’11
  • Stage Manager-Jen Brady ’11
  • Vocal Director-Jen Kang ’11
  • Choreographer-Lindsey Ryan ’12
  • Assistant Stage Manager -Rachael Richtberg ’13

Orchestra:

  • Keyboard-Andrew Brady ’13 and Andy Feldman ’11
  • Flute-Lauren Huyett ’11
  • Clarinet-Matthew Mezger ’13
  • Horn-Mark Palframan ’11
  • Violin-Chris Jose ’11
  • Viola-Megan Myron ’14
  • Guitar-James Moore ’13
  • Bass-John Paul Bisciotti ’14
  • Drums-Joel Hindelang ’12
  • Percussion-Tony Lorence ’13
  • Conductor-Mike Follett ’11

Executive Council:

  • President-Ian Owens ’11
  • Vice President-Dana Pardini ’12
  • Business Manager-Eric Mortensen ’12
  • Operations Manager-Maddie Laskoski ’13
  • Public Relations-Rachel Ingber ’11
  • Fundraising Chair-Rebecca Mohler ’11

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