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7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 11

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12

Wampler Auditorium


New Manchester College theatre director

debuts with Shakespeare comedy   


New Director of Theater Kira Hawkins debuts at Manchester College with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The Wampler Auditorium curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 11, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $5, free for senior citizens; reservations are not necessary. (The stage is dark Friday night, Oct. 10.)

Shakespeare’s classic comedy seems an obvious choice for the Homecoming play, said Hawkins. “He is intelligent and prolific and his words have lasted so long, and Twelfth Night is very malleable, unlike a lot of other Shakespeare comedies that are fluffy.”

Hawkins has selected a trimmed-down production for the Manchester College stage, with contemporary characters and sets. She urges the audience not to get distracted by the more-modern setting: “The less we focus on when and where it’s set, the more we can focus on the words of Shakespeare.”

Hawkins comes to Manchester College with a wealth of theater experience. The Minnesota native majored in music and theater at St. Olaf College and has performed for Minneapolis’ famous Guthrie Theater. Since moving to North Manchester, she has been involved with Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Manchester High School theatre and performed in the College’s production last spring of Pirates of Penzance.

She co-manages the new KenapocoMocha coffeehouse in town with her husband, Zach.

The cast:

Nicholas Kenny, junior biology-chemistry major from Fort Wayne, as Sebastian
David Moan, senior music major from Goshen, Ind., as Malvolio
Charles Lovett, junior music major from North Manchester, as Sir Andrew
Casey Lambert, sophomore English and Spanish major from Chesterton, Ind., as Olivia
Katrina Kardys, junior English major from Hoagland, Ind., as Fabian
John Comas, senior environmental studies major from Ridgefield Park, N.J., as Antonio
Nathan Driscoll, sophomore English major from Fort Wayne, as Curio and Priest
Katherine Pea, sophomore educational studies from Fort Wayne as Feste
Hannah Reed, sophomore biology major from Gas City, Ind., as Viola
Leigh Replogle, first-year undeclared major from Delphi, Ind., as Sea Captain and Maid
Zachary Rowe, junior computer science major from North Manchester, as Sir Toby
John Bruce, first-year undeclared major from North Manchester, as Valentine and Cop
Nicolas Kauffman, junior peace studies from Goshen, Ind., as Orsino




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