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Comedy from the dark to the ridiculous in student-directed one-acts

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two very different kinds of comedy will be on stage in an evening of one-acts directed by two Bethel College students.

The performances take place Friday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center. The public is invited and there is no admission charge.

Leanne Reimer, sophomore from Hesston, is the director of Edward Albee’s Finding the Sun, a dark comedy about four couples on a sunny Long Island beach. The play explores mature themes and is not suitable for young audiences.

“I have greatly enjoyed working with my actors, and they have been working hard,” Reimer says. “I have confidence that when May 16 rolls around, it’s going to be a great show.”

Appearing in Finding the Sun are Dana Daugharthy, junior from Iola; Lindsay Geisler, freshman from Leonardville; Lisa Geist, freshman from Scott City; Clint Harris, freshman from Manhattan; Josh Nathan, sophomore from Moundridge; Josh Powell, sophomore from Basehor; Kelly Reed, sophomore from Edinburg, Texas; and Aimee Siebert, sophomore from Topeka. Lighting is by Katy Schmidt, senior from Peabody.

Beginning at 9, Braden Dragomir, senior from Salt Spring Island, B.C., directs a series of sketches from the original Monty Python Flying Circus.

“The show hopes to provide a good laugh for everyone, as well as pay tribute to the brilliance of the original Pythons,” Dragomir says.

The cast consists of Clint Harris; Bethel graduate Ben Kliewer; Josh Nathan; Shawn Rath, senior from Moundridge; Ryan Stutzman, freshman from Westminster, Colo.; Ken Ward, freshman from Hugo, Colo.; Oliver Whitney, freshman from Peabody; and Dragomir. Crew members are James Puryear, freshman from North Newton, and Amy Volweider, freshman from Haven.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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