posted February 7, 2012

Hope College Theatre to Present “As It Is In Heaven” Beginning Feb. 22

Hope College Theatre will be performing “As It Is In Heaven” by Arlene Hutton on Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 22-25, at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.

“As It Is In Heaven” tells the story of the historic Shaker community of Pleasant Hill, Ky., during a time of religious revival in the 1830s. The simple and harmonious Shaker lifestyle is threatened by young newcomers. Intergenerational conflict arises when the spiritual leaders must make difficult decisions to maintain peace within the community. While opening a window to the past, “As It Is In Heaven” serves as a commentary on the classic intergenerational struggle as both the old and young search for the best way to express their faith.

“As It Is In Heaven” is directed by John K.V. Tammi, professor of theatre, with choreography by Linda Graham, who is a professor of dance and chairperson of the department, and vocal direction by senior Elizabeth Dwyer of Ypsilanti.  Junior MacKenzie Anderson of Bay City is dramaturg; Dwyer and freshman Alexandra Leppek of Bay City are stage managers; and freshmen Dylan Connor of Tallahassee, Fla., and Charlyn Pelter of Schererville, Ind., are assistant stage managers.  Scene and properties design is by Richard L. Smith, professor of theatre and resident scene designer; costume design is by Michelle Bombe, professor of theatre, director of theatre and resident costume designer; and lighting and sound design is by Perry Landes, associate professor of theatre, resident sound and lighting designer, and manager of theatre facilities, with junior Andrew Gras of Holland as assistant lighting designer.

The cast includes junior Laura Clement of Traverse City; junior Kaitlin Colburn of Holland; junior Kelsey Colburn of Holland; sophomore Molly Coyle of Hamilton; sophomore Alexa Duimstra of Appleton, Wis.; freshman Rebecca Flinker of Leeds, Mass.; freshman Taylor Ann Krahn of Mishawaka, Ind.; junior Kaija Von Websky of Holland; and senior Kara Williams of Saline.

Tickets for “As It Is In Heaven” are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope faculty and staff, and $5 for students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and may be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.