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MVNU Presents "Up the Down Staircase"

Music NoteOctober 31, 2013

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University drama department will present "Up the Down Staircase" on October 31 and November 1 at 8 p.m., November 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., and on November 9 at 2 p.m. This event is open to the public.

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"Up the Down Staircase" is about the experiences of a new teacher, Sylvia Barrett, trying to deal with the challenges faced by teenagers from lower-income homes and dysfunctional families. Set in the 1960s, this play successfully walks the line between drama and comedy, leaving the audience feeling inspired and amused. It is adapted from the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Bel Kaufman.

The play stars Bethany Nielson as Sylvia Barrett, Nick DeWalt as Joe Ferone, Clairanne Porter as Alice Blake, Wesley Boston as J. J. McHabe, Lauren Merritt as Bea Schachter, and Jared Wise as Paul Barringer, along with a large cast of supporting roles. "Up the Down Staircase" is directed by Bruce Jacklin, who has extensive experience in theater production in the community. This is his first time directing at MVNU.

Tickets can be purchased for "Up the Down Staircase" for $6 by calling 740-397-9000, ext. #1620.

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 locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.

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