NDNU Theatre and Dance Provides a Taste of Noel Coward’s Comedy and Music in “Hay Fever,” October 19 – 28

Belmont, CA, October 10, 2012 — Notre Dame de Namur University Department of Theatre and Dance will showcase both the playwriting and musical talents of Noel Coward in “Hay Fever” and a musical tribute to Noel Coward, showing at the NDNU Theatre October 19 – 28.

A sophisticatedly sexy and entertaining comedy, with its wit, precision and sheer outrageousness, “Hay Fever” is often seen as a quintessentially English comedy. “The play is a romp: a wacky celebration of all things British,” said director Bruce Williams. “It takes us into the world of the Bliss family where Drama rules and correctness is set on its’ ear. Four unsuspecting guests, invited to the country home of David, Judith, Simon and Sorel Bliss take their chances as they navigate a hilarious weekend from hell.”

The performance also features a musical tribute to Noel Coward, who composed music and lyrics in addition to writing plays. The tribute showcases some of Coward’s best songs, performed by students and visiting artist Brent Holland. Holland is a veteran musical performer, having spent twelve seasons as a featured member of Beach Blanket Babylon. He is known to local audiences for his annual performance as the Ghost of Christmas Present in the annual NDNU production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.”

The NDNU production features a cast of student actors Danielle Vivion, Margaret Gorrell, Mark Aho, Fiona McVicar, Johnny Villar, Clark Bernard, Audra Batter and Elaina Vielbaum, along with visiting artists Mary Hill, George Metropulos and Brent Holland.

In addition to director Williams, “Hay Fever” also features assistant director Terry Kitagawa, music director Larry Rice, scenic director R. Dutch Fritz, costume designer Barbara Kassal, lighting designer William Springhorn, properties designer Mary Hill, makeup and hair designer Jennifer Earlywine, dialect coach Lynne Sofer, accompanist Jeremy Erman, stage manager John Ballas and assistant stage managers Arnold Orozco Ramirez and Felicia Fox.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicating its 2012-13 Season to Keith Kreitman, bay area critic, writer and arts advocate, who passed away in August.

General admission is $10.00 Performances are October 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., October 28 at 2 p.m. For additional information please contact the NDNU Theatre box office at (650) 508-3456 or email boxoffice@ndnu.edu. The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA.