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Bethel College Theatre Arts Presents

The Foreigner will be presented by the Bethel College theatre arts department on October 5, 6 and 7, 2006. The October 6th performance will be interpreted for the d/Deaf community. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center.

The Foreigner demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. The play is set in a rural lodge visited by Froggy LeSeuer, a British demolition expert. Froggy brings a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. Froggy tells lodge guests that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. The fun begins as Charlie overhears more than he should with the thought that he does not understand a word being said. The play has been awarded two Obie and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as best new American play and best off-Broadway production.

Tickets for the production are on sale at the Everest-Rohrer ticket office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All seats are reserved and can be purchased at the ticket office or by calling 574-257-7633. Admission is $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, groups of 15 or more and students.

Justin Ahlgrim, a sophomore from Lombard, Ill., will take on the role of Charlie, "the foreigner." Brian Wagner, a sophomore from Wabash, Ind., will be playing S/Sgt. "Froggy"  LeSueur while Andrew Fisher, also a sophomore, from Westland, Mich., plays the role of the sinister Rev. David Lee. Sophomore Diana Morford,from Medicine Lodge, Kan., will play the lodge owner Betty Meeks. Senior Rachel Cottom from Fairview
Park, Ohio, plays Catherine Simms and senior Kenny Prawat, from Bemen, Ind., plays the role of the creepy redneck, Owen. Lucas Tanbitz, a freshman from Livonia, Mich., rounds out the ensemble by playing the simple-minded Ellard Simms.

Dr. Earl Reimer will be directing the show, along with associate faculty member and niece Anita Reimer. Technical Director Jonathan Sabo will be designing the set. Derrick Null will be handling lighting design. Lisa Staples is production manager, Jennifer Pelfrey is student costume designer and Ashley Eaves is the student makeup designer. Senior Amy Collins is stage manager and will be assisted by junior Mike Peters.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 1,960 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.