Hope College Theatre Presents
"Defying Gravity" Beginning
Posted April 12, 2002
HOLLAND -- "Defying Gravity," a play by award-
winning playwright Jane Anderson, will be presented by Hope
College Theatre starting Friday, April 19, in the DeWitt
Center main theatre.
The play will continue on Saturday, April 20, and
Wednesday-Saturday, April 24-27. All performances will be
at 8 p.m.
Christa McAuliffe, the teacher assigned to the
ill-fated Jan. 28, 1986, flight of the "Challenger" space
shuttle, was the inspiration behind the play. According to
John Tammi of the Hope theatre faculty, who is directing the
production, "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."
Appearing in the cast are: junior Katie Carlston
of Des Moines, Iowa, as the Teacher; freshman Clarissa S.
Gregory of Portage, Wis., as Elizabeth; sophomore Matthew
Farmer of Bangor as Monet; sophomore Michaun Elise Burton of
Columbus, Ohio, as Donna; junior Joshua Brandenburg of Mount
Vernon, Ohio, as C.B.; junior Brenna Bosma of Orland Park,
Ill., as Betty; sophomore Erik Saxvik of Libertyville, Ill.,
as Ed; and Julia Armstrong, a kindergarten student at
Washington School in Holland, as Elizabeth at age five.
Several other students have significant
responsibilities in the production. Assisting Tammi with
directing is senior Misheaila Neil of Hastings. Jill A.
Nyquist, a senior from South Holland, Ill., is providing
dramaturgy support. Amanda Joy Weener, a sophomore from
Grand Rapids, is the stage manager.
Working with faculty scenic designer Richard Smith
are freshman Rachel Jamieson of West Bloomfield, as
assistant designer, and junior Ryan Graves of Greencastle,
Ind., in charge of computer animations and projections.
Assisting faculty sound and lighting designer Perry Landes
are: senior Andrew French of Paw Paw, as research assistant
in sound; senior Tomas Tiggleman-Springer of Grand Rapids,
as assistant sound designer; and senior Rebecca McCoy of
Kalamazoo, as assistant lighting designer. Faculty member
Michelle Bombe is designing costumes and makeup.
Tickets are $7 for regular adult admission, $5 for
members of the college's faculty and staff, and $4 for
senior citizens and students, and are available at the
theatre lobby ticket office of the DeWitt Center. The
ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and until curtain
time on performance nights, and can be called at (616) 395-
The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at