Luther theatre/dance to present 'Invited to Tea' March 2-10

Feb. 21, 2012 

The Luther College theatre/dance department will present the spring production of "Invited to Tea" March 2-10 in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.

Production dates are March 2 at 9:30 p.m., March 3 and March 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held March 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357.

In "Invited to Tea," history repeats itself. The performance explores enduring personal and social patterns from different angles. The performance recognizes repeating cycles, but suggests that patterns can change, and that new possibilities can be experienced.

Audience members are invited to bring smart phones to this interactive performance in order to frame and reflect upon what they see, influencing the performance itself.

The performance is a collaboration among students, artists and faculty in the theatre/dance, art and music departments, and Panela Leung, founding member of 5-D Immersive Design.

Performers include Luther first-year Holly Williams; sophomores Megan Gress, David Mendez, Colleen Oster and Joren Skov; juniors Josh Dale, Ariadna Maguina and Calli Micale; and seniors Jill Hughes, Erik Wadman and Jennifer Winder.

Luther sophomore Cydney Roelandt serves as stage manager, senior Xueli Jiang serves as rehearsal assistant and senior Mike Moran serves as videographer and Isadora operator.

"Invited to Tea" was choreographed by Amanda Hamp, Luther assistant professor of dance. Other collaborators from the theatre/dance department include Jeff Dintaman, scene design, Lisa Lantz, costume design, and Tom Berger, lighting design.

Lantz and Berger advised student crews for costume and scene construction. Pre- and post-production audience interactive components were designed and executed by the Art and Technology class, taught by Richard Merritt.

An original sound score was composed by the students of the Electro-Acoustic Music class, taught by Brooke Joyce and Steve Smith.

Collaborators and cast members enjoyed a three-day intensive with guest artist Anna DeMers, a professor from Kean University, on her work with the video software Isadora.

Amanda Hamp