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Theatre Northwest’s spring production, ‘A Doll House’ is produced entirely by students

Apr 11 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Indiana University Northwest - Gary


Indiana University Northwest


Theatre Northwest, the performance company of the Indiana University Northwest Department of Performing Arts, is proud to announce its spring production of A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, English translation by Rick Davis and Brian Johnston.

The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., April 4-6 and 11-13 with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 7 in the Black Box Theatre, located on the second floor of the Arts & Sciences Building.

Mark Baer, associate professor of theatre, said this is the first full-length production in his nearly eight-year tenure at IU Northwest that has been entirely produced, directed and designed by students.

The four senior theatre majors who have coordinated their capstone projects into one production, are: Amber Holley, director and light designer; Sydney Hale, leading actress and costume designer; Eric Munoz, scenic and properties designer; and Brian Thomas-Chopps, technical director and sound designer. All except Holley, a junior, will graduate this May.

A Doll House tells the story of Nora Helmer and her husband Torvald who joyfully find themselves part of the “new 1960s middle class” when Torvald lands a job as bank manager. But Nora has a dark secret; a hefty loan she has taken out without her husband's permission. When the loan shark Krogstad threatens to expose her secret, Nora must decide whether to finally be honest with her husband. Will his response change their marriage forever? Are they really the perfect couple that they seem to be?

The show features a cast of IU Northwest students and community members, including Sydney Hale, Elijah Sabourin, Joshua Kime, Mia Godfrey, Brandon Hearne and Melissa Downs.

Additional IU Northwest students and staff working behind the scenes include: Tim O’Donnell, Lauren Pacheco, Michael Litke Adams, Jay-Lan Haliburton, Espi Flores and Jacob Rodriguez.

“I am so proud to see our students stepping into leadership roles,” said Baer, who is serving as a mentor for the student producers. “Many of us are fans or participants in creative culture, but only a few have a voice of their own.”

Experiential learning
For the four students whose capstone projects have come together to create this show, the experience they have gained is invaluable.

Technical director Thomas-Chopps, for instance, appreciated the opportunity “to learn and apply new skills such as computer-aided drafting and enjoyed collaborating and managing the process from design to execution.”

For Hale, who will perform the role of Nora, the play is about “not just accepting the ways that have been presented to you, but challenging yourself and figuring out your own truth. ”I’ve had to dig inside myself to find empathy for this character, even though we’re quite different in many ways, but I’m starting to learn how to fight for her.”

Holley, the director, was brought to tears when seeing the theater poster for the first time. “That’s when it hit me that this idea is becoming reality,” she said.

“Watching my design become reality has been an amazing feeling,” added set designer Munoz. “It makes me realize how far I have come from my freshman year in this program. I’m really grateful to Brian, Tim and the rest of the crew for helping me make it happen. Working together we can do so much more.”

General admission tickets are $10. Cash or check only will be accepted at the door. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances will sell out. Reserve your seats online at iun.edu/theatre or by calling 219-980-6808.


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