Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Theatre Program and Drama Society will present "The Student Directors' Showcase" production of "Three Short Tall Tales of True Falsehoods: The Apollo of Bellac, The Maker of Dreams and The Ugly Duckling" from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 in the Harry Hope Theatre, located in Shafer Hall at the corner of High and Valley Streets. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1-3, with a mid-day matinee at 11 a.m. on Dec. 2 for "The Maker of Dreams" and "The Ugly Duckling" and a 4 p.m. performance of all three plays on Dec. 4. The public is invited. Tickets are $5 for Eastern students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public.
"The Apollo of Bellac," written by Jean Giraudoux, is directed by Stephanie LaPointe '12, a communication and theatre major from Willimantic. The play focuses on a young woman who, with the help of a stranger, manages to seduce members of a company into falling in love with her. "The Maker of Dreams," written by Oliphant Down and directed by Katharine McManus '12, a communication and theatre major from Columbia, tells about a woman in love with her performance partner, who refuses to give her the time of day. "The Ugly Duckling," directed by Seana Hendrickson '12, a theatre major from North Grosvenordale, follows a princess whom no one finds beautiful and whose parents are obsessed with finding her a suitor.
These international short shows feature magical intervention and an overlying theme that teaches its audience that true beauty is ultimately revealed through appreciation and love.
To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at (860) 465-5123.