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St. Norbert College theatre program to present "The Birds"

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From St. Norbert College, October 24, 2011
by Chris Swietlik,, (920) 403-3089

The St. Norbert College theatre program will present Aristophanes' "The Birds" starting Friday, Nov. 4, and running through Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Webb Theatre, Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the St. Norbert College campus.

All shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Nov. 6, when a 2 p.m. matinee will be presented, to be followed by a discussion with the cast.

Aristophanes' play tells the story of Pisthetaerus, an Athenian who convinces the world's birds to create a city in the sky, in order to control communication between men and gods. With the birds' help, and advice from Prometheus, Pisthetaerus replaces Zeus as king of the gods.

Stephen Rupsch, assistant professor of theatre studies and director of theatre, will direct the production, and scenography will be handled by April Beiswenger, assistant professor of theatre studies. Theatre studies major Kari Fritsch (De Pere, Wis.) will manage lighting.

The cast includes Jordan Podoll (Berlin, Wis.), Alex Pajor (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Elisabeth Will (Southland, Texas), Devin Thomas (Bailey's Harbor, Wis.), Kevin Gonring (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), Carolyn Silverberg (New York, N.Y.), Michael O'Malley (De Pere, Wis.), Cory Estreen (Green Bay, Wis.), Katie Marquardt (Fond du Lac, Wis.), Clara Wendland (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.), Elizabeth Jolly (Abrams, Wis.), Scott Reagh (Weston, Wis.), Tyler Neuman (Appleton, Wis.), Shaina Beckers (Green Bay, Wis.), Anthony Pollman (Milwaukee, Wis.), Mariah Martin (Hermansville, Mich.), Erin Hauser (Chilton, Wis.), Kelsey Smith (Green Bay, Wis.), Anna Neu (Chicago, Ill.) and Andrea Fietzer (Neenah, Wis.).

Tickets are on sale now. Advance prices are $12 for adults and $7 for students, or $14 for adults and $9 for students at the box office on the day of the performance. St. Norbert College students' tickets are $4 in advance and $6 the day of the show. Please note: This play contains adult content and language.

For more information, contact the St. Norbert College ticket office at (920) 403-3950, or visit

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