TWU students to perform final play of the season, Uncle Vanya

Langley, British Columbia—From March 22-24 and March 29-31, Trinity Western University students will take their talents to the stage as they perform TWU’s final main stage play of the season, Uncle Vanya. Taking the lead role and performing in his eleventh production will be drama major, Thomas Karpow. Third year student, Rachel Star Klassen will play his wife. Also performing will be Carolyn May, whose credits prior to coming to TWU include Cotton Patch Gospel, Les Mis, Nasty Zac, Romeo and Juliet and The Phantom of the Opry. Stephen Elcheshen will play family physician, Mikhail Astrov.

Elcheshen last appeared in TWU’s main stage production, The Miracle Worker, which showed earlier this season and sparked such widespread audience interest that two additional matinee shows were added to the already scheduled six performances. The production of Uncle Vanya will combine the skill of experienced actors like Elcheshen with new talent to bring to life this story of a Russian family whose extended family members move in and turn the family’s world upside down.

"We’re going with a simple set and really focusing in on the acting, which is the best part of this production" says Lloyd Arnett, chair of TWU’s department of drama. Arnett, who has directed over 30 shows and worked on films with Paramount as well as with companies such as the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and Pittsburgh Metropolitan Stage, will direct the production.

Uncle Vanya shows in Freedom Hall in the Robert N. Thompson building at Trinity Western University, March 22-24 and March 29-31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Trinity Western University Bookstore. For reservations call the TWU Drama Department at (604) 513-2058. Uncle Vanya deals with serious adult family issues and, while a classic, suitable for adolescents, is not intended for young children.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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