Award-winner preview luncheon scheduled

By: Kelly L. Passinault

The Forest Roberts Theatre will present the 2008 Mildred and Albert Panowski playwriting award winner, Tracks in the Snow. The play, by Neil McGowan of Hermosa Beach, California is a gripping drama and a coming-of-age love story.
The show opens at 7:30 p.m. on November 12 and runs nightly through November 15, with a special 1:00 p.m. matinee. Tickets are available at the FRT box office between noon and 5:00 p.m. Other ticket outlets include EZ Tickets at the Superior Dome, the TCF Bank in the University Center and the Vista Theater Thrift Shop in Negaunee. Telephone reservations can be made by calling 227-2082, beginning November 10. Tickets are $7 for NMU Students and $11 for the general public.

In the middle of a blizzard, Chase Hannigan—played by Stevens Point (Wisconsin) senior Travis Moscinski—is driving down a hill and his car goes into a tailspin on the ice, eventually landing on its side after crashing through a fence on the Gould family farm. Bobby—played by Seward (Alaska) freshman Aaron Sarka—helps him into the farmhouse, where he and Elvira (played by Rudyard junior Betsy McDonoff), the housewife, sit him down to take care of him.

Sandra—played by Deerfield (Wisconsin) junior Sarah Frame—Elvira’s daughter and Bobby’s wife, comes into the house and meets the stranger. Eventually, the farmer (played by Skandia sophomore Duncan Ryan-Ross) and Jeremy—played by Concord (Massachusetts) sophomore Jerry Tudor—a farmhand who lives with the Goulds, come in to the house to see what is going on. After discussing where Chase will stay until the storm abates, the farmer decides he will stay in the farmhouse and take Jeremy’s room. Jeremy moves into the guesthouse with Sandra and Bobby. Then, the Gould’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Leauna (played by Vassar sophomore Elizabeth Stahl) comes home from school to find a guest, something she has never heard of because she has been so sheltered by her parents.
Over the week Chase is stuck at the Goulds, he befriends Leauna. After explaining to her why he is there, she decides to help him on his journey. In return, he helps her by opening her eyes to a brave new world.
The First Nighters Club has announced its first Sneak Preview Luncheon of the 2008-09 Brave New World theatre season at Northern Michigan University at noon on November 8. This gala event is open to FNC members, guests and all interested theatergoers.
The luncheon will highlight Tracks in the Snow, the 2008 playwriting award winner.
Special guests will include graduate student director Kelly L. Passinault, who will talk about the Forest Roberts Theatre production, and playwright McGowan, who will discuss the genesis and development of his award-winning play. A question-and-answer session will follow.

First Nighters and guests need to RSVP to the Forest Roberts Theatre at 227-2082, weekdays between noon and 5:00 p.m., on or before November 6. A vegetarian menu is available upon request.
—Kelly L. Passinault

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