NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Rachel Kasper deBenedet, a Bethel College alumna currently appearing in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" on Broadway, will give a presentation and performance on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium on the Bethel College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Awards Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Association named Kasper deBenedet, Eldorado Springs, Colo., as the recipient of the Young Alumnus Award for 2005. She had been scheduled to be honored and to perform on March 14, but because of commitments to "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the event was postponed.
Kasper deBenedet will present a program titled "From Bethel to Broadway: A Mennonite in Showbiz." She is still finalizing her program but plans to draw from past productions in which she has appeared, including "Kiss Me, Kate," "Oliver!," "The Music Man," "Ragtime" and "One Touch of Venus." Rich Toevs, Newton, a Bethel alumnus and teacher at Maize High School, will serve as accompanist.
Kasper deBenedet is currently playing Renee and other roles in the original Broadway cast of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
A North Newton native and Newton High School graduate, Kasper deBenedet graduated from Bethel College in 1988 with a degree in fine arts. She is married to David M. deBenedet and is the daughter of associate professor of music Kathryn Kasper and professor emeritus of communication arts Arlo Kasper of North Newton.