Teachers Honored Through Preview
Performance of Play
Posted April 10, 2002
HOLLAND -- The department of theatre at Hope
College will be honoring area teachers with a special
preview performance of "Defying Gravity" by Jane Anderson on
Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m.
Christa McAuliffe, the teacher assigned to the
fateful Jan. 28, 1986, flight of the "Challenger" space
shuttle, was the inspiration behind the play. But,
according to John Tammi of the Hope theatre faculty, who is
directing, "Defying Gravity" is not about disaster but about
curiosity and the delight of discovery.
"This play celebrates the resiliency of the human
spirit in the face of tragic loss," he said. "In this way
it is very timely. But it also pays homage to everyone who
encourages people to reach beyond their limitations in order
to learn and discover. In short, it is what teachers do day
in and day out, year after year. This special preview is
our way of indicating our respect and appreciation for all
The play will open to the public on Friday, April
19, and continues on Saturday, April 20, and Wednesday-
Saturday, April 24-27. All performances will be at 8 p.m.
except for the Thursday, April 25, performance, which will
begin at 9 p.m.
All performances will be in the main theatre of
the DeWitt Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th
Street. Ticket information may be obtained by calling the
theatre lobby ticket office at (616) 395-7890 on Monday
through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturday
between noon and 5 p.m.
Additional information about the special teacher
preview may be obtained by calling the department of
theatre's office at (616) 395-7600.