Ashland University Theatre Presents Romantic Comedy In February

 1/24/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University Department of Theatre continues its 2011-2012 “Season of Turning Points” with the romantic comedy “Enchanted April,” a 2003 Tony Award-nominated stage play by Matthew Barber based on the novel by Elizabeth von Armin.

Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, the performances are staged in Ashland University’s Hugo Young Theatre for 7:30 p.m. curtains on Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. A talkback with the cast is scheduled immediately following the Feb. 24 performance.

This comical, restorative journey of discovery follows two frustrated London housewives and two very different English women who decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak lives. Traveling from darkness to light, and from inhibition to unrestrained joy, the women rediscover themselves in ways that they could never have expected.

Set in the 1920s, the play begins in England with the four lead characters of "Lotty," the impressible housewife looking for adventure, played by senior musical theatre major Madeline Beer (Shelby, OH); the underappreciated housewife "Rose" portrayed by senior theatre major Tara Kodosky (Spencer, OH); the stunning but aloof "Caroline" played by sophomore musical theatre major Emily Jeppesen (Jefferson, OH); and junior musical theatre major Johanna Regan (Killingworth, CT) as the stuffy "Mrs. Graves."

Supporting cast members include junior theatre major Austin Arnold (Chardon, OH) as Lotty's husband "Mellersh," senior musical theatre major Drew Rothhaar (Mansfield, OH) as Rose's husband "Frederick," freshman theatre major Nick Seemann (Bath, OH) as the handsome, young villa caretaker "Antony," and senior theatre major Brittany Hartman (Strongsville, OH) as the Italian maid "Costanza."

The production’s scenic and lighting designs are created by Assistant Professor of Theatre Scott Chapman with scenic design assistance from junior theatre major Emily Suzanne Plank (Cinnamon Lake, OH), and lighting design assistance from David Wagar (Sharon Center, OH). Costumes are designed by senior theatre major Bekah Frient (North Canton, OH) while wig and makeup designs are designed by Brittany Hartman, and sound design by EdNick McCrea (Ashland, OH). Sophomore theatre majors Jacob Poiner (Wellington, OH) and Kim Lennox (Gahanna, OH) serve as the show’s stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.

Tickets for “Enchanted April” are $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens, students, University faculty/staff; $8 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students.

To purchase tickets, call the Ashland University Central Box Office at 419-289-5125, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.; or purchase online 24/7 at For more information about the department of theatre, visit, find us on Facebook or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or

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