Vanguard University’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents A Romance Drama That Sends A Chilling Message Of Forgiveness And Renewal
COSTA MESA, Calif., February 12, 2016 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed department of theatre arts presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The main stage play, directed by Susan K. Berkompas, theatre department chair, will be presented in the Lyceum Theater on Vanguard University’s campus beginning February 26, running through March 6.
The Winter’s Tale was originally grouped among the comedy plays when it was published originally in 1623. During that time, the Shakespeare work was considered a powerful psychological drama, in contrast to its comedic, happy ending. The Vanguard University production is most suitable for teens and older.
A royal family is ripped apart when the king imprisons the queen on suspicions of infidelity, and then exiles their newborn daughter. Callous hearts are redeemed, and broken ones mended, when the king’s abandoned orphan falls in love with a distant prince. In a surprising Shakespearean twist, this bittersweet tale transcends wrath and regret, achieving romance and renewal in a miraculous conclusion.
The student cast features some of the department’s top theatre students, including Leanna Newell, playing the role of “Pertida,” and Hans Kelsen playing the role of “King of Bohemia.” Newell and Kelsen are receiving full tuition scholarships from Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts.
“We have an outstanding cast for this Shakespearean production,” said Susan Berkompas, chair of the department of theatre arts. “Our theatre students bring a new light to this nearly 400 year old play.”
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts has lauded alumni in film and professional theatre productions across the U.S.
Performance dates and times for The Winter’s Tale are February 26-28, March 3-6, showings at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
All shows are presented at the Lyceum Theater located on the Vanguard University. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. Season subscriptions and group rates are available.
For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edutheatre.
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Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu