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MVNU drama department to present Neil Simon's "Rumors"

April 24, 2012

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University's Drama Department is pleased to present "Rumors" in two performances under the direction of Michael Weaver. The show will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, and at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in Thorne Performance Hall.

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"Amahl and the Night Visitors" is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti. It was commissioned by NBC and first performed in 1951 on live television as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. The story is about Amahl, a poor crippled shepherd boy, and his mother. The three kings on their way to Bethlehem, following the star in the East, stop for a night at Amahl's home. The visit changes Amahl's life forever.

Amahl will be played by two local Mount Vernon children: Matthew Dinnen on Saturday and Singkai Baker on Sunday. Amahl's mother will be played by MVNU senior music majors Leah Ralston on Saturday and Jennifer Krell on Sunday. The three night visitors are played by MVNU students Cody DeVolld, Andrew Pugh, and Mark Bailey. The cast of 14 will be accompanied by pianist Lucas Weiss, oboist Stephanie Kuntz, and percussionist William Haines.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and for seniors 65 and over. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling the ticket hotline at (740) 397-9000 ext. 3010.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies sites throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 26 states and seven countries/U.S. territories.

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