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'Mugnog' production for young audiences opens April 6

March 26, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present Ranier Hatchfield's "Mugnog," a political play for young audiences, at 1:30 p.m. April 6 and 7 in Studio 190 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The production also will tour to elementary schools throughout western Wisconsin April 2-9.

Who says an ordinary box can't be a magical toy? In "Mugnog," two children show how the power of imagination can undermine the authority of adults and empower kids to create their own rules. The production integrates music, singing and dance throughout the story.

Dr. Jennifer Chapman, associate professor of music and theatre arts, is the director of "Mugnog."

"Mugnog is the kind of play that is fun for both kids and adults," Chapman said. "It has humor that reaches both audiences, and its message — that imagination is the key to power and freedom — is meaningful to people of all ages."

UW-Eau Claire student cast members in "Mugnog" are senior Nate Plummer, Chippewa Falls, as the assistant director, stage manager and DJ; junior Leah Beckman, Andover, Minn., as Pam and the music director; senior Cade Sikora, Cornell, as Tom and the technical director; senior Joseph Kastner, Reedsburg, as Uncle; junior Tabitha Tatro, Antigo, as Aunt; senior Sam Sirianni, St. Paul, Minn., as Uniform Man; and senior JT Stocks, McFarland, as Mr. Grouch.

The production is best suited for youth in grades 1-4.

To book a school performance of "Mugnog," contact Dr. Jennifer Chapman at chapmajj@uwec.edu or 715-836-5614.

Tickets for the public show, available at the university's Service Center in the Davies Center's east lobby, are $5 for adults and $3 for youths 12 and under. For more ticket information, call the Service Center at 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, or visit the Service Center website to order tickets online.

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