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NDNU Theatre Arts Department Unveils Dynamic 2006-2007 Season

Belmont, CA, June 21, 2006 — NDNU's dynamic and expanding theatre arts program has earned a reputation for excellence in the local theatre scene. This year's 2006-2007 season promises to be even more spectacular as audiences are dazzled by Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, a revamped A Christmas Carol, and the sophisticated A Little Night Music.

The season kicks-off with NDNU's Fall Theatre Festival celebrating its 10th anniversary with a schedule of provocative and innovative plays, performance pieces, and musical performances. The festival will be presented over two weekends in late August and Labor Day weekend. Performances begin August 24 at 7:30 p.m. with the opening night performance and reception. Performances continue August 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m., August 27 at 7 p.m., September 1 at 7:30 p.m., and September 2 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for each performance or $25 for a festival pass.

William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing will be directed by Bruce Williams, director of Summer Training Congress and Community Programs, Studio A.C.T., and Director at The American Conservatory Theatre. Williams, who has twice performed in the play, plans to set Much Ado in Sicily at the end of World War II, a world rich with history, passion, music, and dance. Much Ado About Nothing will open October 13 at 7:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. Performances continue October 14 at 7:30 p.m., October 15 at 2 p.m., October 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m., and October 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, and $8 for seniors, and students.

In December, audiences will once again be treated to the annual Christmas musical gift A Christmas Carol, the musical, based on the story by Charles Dickens. This year's production, presented free to Bay Area audiences, will feature an exciting new musical score, written by Alan Menken, composer of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Little Shop Of Horrors, among others. Lyrics are by Lynne Ahrens who is known for her work in Once On This Island. The production will feature an entirely new set design and costumes. The music will be provided by a live orchestra with a team of new directors. The performances will begin with a Gala reception following the opening night performance, December 8 at 7 p.m. Performances continue December 9 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., December 10 at 2 p.m., December 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m., December 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and December 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Gala Performance cost $40 for reserved seating and reception. All other performances are general seating, and are free.

Stephen Sondheim's legendary and sophisticated musical A Little Night Music under the direction of Michael Elkins, Stage Director, Debra Lambert, Music Director, and Coleen Lorenz, Choreographer, will be presented February 23 at 7:30 p.m. and followed by a reception. Performances continue February 24, and March 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m., and March 4 at 2 p.m. A Little Night Music (1973) offers an invitation to a past era of elegance and enchantment. It takes audiences back to turn-of-the-century Scandinavia where love, laughter, and music float through the air on evening breezes in a land where the sun never sets.

NDNU's Student Showcase Productions will be performed March 22-April 1. The University's Student Showcases are a unique feature of the NDNU Theatre Arts Major. Senior theatre majors produce and direct a program of one-act plays which are fully supported by NDNU faculty designers and technicians.

The annual NDNU Theatre Dance Concert, NDNU Muves, a fully staged dance showcase featuring students from the NDNU Theatre Dance program will close the Theatre Arts season in April. Under the direction of Coleen Lorenz, Director of the NDNU Dance program, students perform in dance pieces conceived, designed, and choreographed by faculty and students from the advanced choreography courses.

For more information, visit the NDNU Theatre website at http://theatre.ndnu.edu or call the NDNU Ticket Box Office at (650) 508-3456 or e-mail boxoffice@ndnu.edu.

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