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NU Theatre presents free children's production, 'Devon's Hurt'

by jmaloni

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Mon, May 12th 2014 09:15 am

From July 24 through Aug. 2, Niagara University Theatre will continue its mission to present engaging and timely theater for young audiences productions with "Devon's Hurt," presented by The Friends of Niagara University Theatre.

Steven Braddock, director of Niagara University Theatre said, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present 'Devon's Hurt,' a free theatrical production for the whole family. This past season, we were applauded by parents and area teachers for presenting plays dealing with bullying and ways children can spread goodwill. 'Devon's Hurt' will also address important emotional issues in children's lives with humor and spirit."

Terri Filips Vaughan, associate professor of dance and choreographer for Niagara University's Department of Theatre and Fine Arts, will direct "Devon's Hurt". The play, by award-winning playwright Laurie Brooks, tells a delightful story about dealing with feelings and conflict resolution, mirroring children's everyday lives. The production is open to all ages, and is appropriate for elementary school-age children.

Actors in the production include NU theater performance students hailing from New York, Arizona and Georgia: Nathanial W. C. Higgins, Brett Klaczyk, Kathleen Macari, Clarissa Maloy, Mary Elizabeth Martin, Vanessa Shevat, Bradeen Walders and Preston Williams. Theater design/technology majors Marissa Allen (stage manager) and Nicholas W. Seres (set and lighting designer) are from Western New York. Associate professors Maureen T. Stevens and Marilyn Deighton will provide costumes.

"Devon's Hurt" will be performed on the NU campus in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall. The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 24-26, and Friday, Aug. 1. Matinees will be presented at 1 pm on Tuesday, July 29, and Aug. 1. For early risers, the production will be staged at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, and Saturday, Aug. 2.

Reservations are not required for this free production. Call the NU Theatre box office at 716-286-8685 for more information.

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