Theatre presents The Dining Room

Theatre presents The Dining Room Although the Vermillion Community Theatre has been lying dormant, they are alive and well. Its first production of the new season is A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room. This production displays the different lives that revolve around a classic dining room.

We seem to forget that when gathered around the dinner table many issues of life surface and are seen at face value. We know that the kitchen is a place where people congregate as it symbolizes comfort and warmth. The dining room table is also a place where individuals find togetherness after a long day of work and school.

A.R. Gurney shows different and unforgettable scenarios that evolve in this area. It shows that no matter what situation is portrayed, the dining room still remains a pillar for those within it.

Daniel L. Miller is the director for this production. Miller, an MFA student in directing at USD, has worked with this particular piece in the past. He said what makes this play memorable is that everyone can find a relationship with one of the characters.

We see characters that range from small children at birthday parties to families in crisis with Alzheimer's. Each of the actors within the play takes on many roles. They each portray as many as eight characters. This provides a challenge when developing the production.

The Dining Room helps us remember that this area is still a sign of togetherness; a place where people come together to argue, understand and forgive.

The cast includes Rose Ann Kelly, Sarah Loeber, Michelle Peters, William Myers, James Wooley and Chris Zeig. Cathy Andela is the stage manager for the production.

The Dining Room will be on stage Feb. 7, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall, Old Main, located on the campus of The University of South Dakota. Reservations can be made by calling 624-7845. There will be a special dinner theatre performance in conjunction with the Vermillion Area Arts Council, February 14, 8 p.m., at the Washington Street Arts Center. Information and reservations can be made for this performance by calling 624-5444. Seating is limited for the dinner theatre production at the arts center.

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