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NDNU's Department of Theatre and Dance Presents "Hotel Paradiso," Oct. 17-26

Belmont, CA, October 9, 2008 — NDNU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the light-hearted farce, “Hotel Paradiso,” a wild French escapade through the tawdry rooms of a turn-of-the-century Parisian hotel, October 17-26 at the NDNU Theatre.

The three act comedy originally written in 1894 by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallieres begins when married Benedict Boniface decides to have an affair with his neighbor’s wife, Marcelle Cot. The two meet at the cheap “Hotel Paradiso” where the lovers find more than they bargained as it turns out that Marcelle’s often absent husband, Henri, also has business at the hotel that evening.  Add a haunted hotel room, a maid who’s having a dalliance with Marcelle’s nephew, French gendarmes, and the drama begins.

Former A.C.T. director Bruce Williams will direct the play which also features a rousing can-can number, choreographed by NDNU Dance Director Coleen Lorenz.  “Hotel Paradiso is a comedic romp,” said Williams. “No sane person could make this stuff up.”

Michael B.  Elkins, Chair of NDNU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, shares William’s enthusiasm. “It’s a sexy, hilarious, colorful musical. An absolute sensuous treat, and a feast of entertainment for audiences.”

The NDNU cast includes Adam Ellison as Boniface, Elana Ron as Angelique, John Paul Manfredi Jr. as Cot, Laura Hill as Marcelle, Clark Pierron as Martin, Seamus Donahoe as Max, Nichole Rodrigues as Victoire, guest actor Dannie Diemidio as Anniello, Neal Pascua as Police Inspector, John Ballas as Tabu, Javid Waldron as Duke and and Dorian Virrueta as Georges. Dancers include Rebecca Fazio, Caitlin Brown, Sarah Lopez, Samantha Bruce, Lindsay Saier, and Alina Fontanilla.

Tickets cost $10 each. Performances are scheduled October 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and October 26 at 2 p.m. The NDNU Theatre is located on the University campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. For tickets or more information, contact the NDNU Theatre Box Office at (650) 508-3456.