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KC theatre production to have large Avila presence

March 28, 2011
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GoldilocksNEWS RELEASE

KANSAS CITY, Mo - - A production currently being put on by Theatre for Young America in the Kansas City area has a very heavy Avila University flavor.

The Theatre for Young America is presenting Goldilocks and the Three Bears this month and next in downtown Kansas City, and four former Avila theatre students are in the cast. Joy Donze, who graduated from the theatre department here 1 ½ years ago, stars in the production as Goldilocks. Donze recently has been working in theatre projects in New York City.

Noelia Rothery is playing Baby Bear, Alexa Washington is playing Mrs. Human and Eric Johansen is Papa Bear.

Another former Avila student, Alexandra Pilley, is working on the production as stage manager, and current student Joshua Gleeson is the set designer.

The production is a twist on the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In this lively, musical version, Mama, Papa and Baby Bear lead a very green "ecologically correct" existence until the intruder, Goldilocks, a modern show biz kid from the city, disrupts their lives. Baby Bear learns how to sing, dance and act from his new human friend, Goldilocks, and together they bring peace to their feuding families through music and dance.

The production started March 1 and will take place 51 times between then and April 15. Performances are on the H&R Block City Stage, located on level B of Union Station at 30 Pershing Road in Kansas City. Season, single or group tickets can be purchased by calling Theatre for Young America at 816-460-2083. Group and single tickets can also be purchased from Union Station at 816-460-2020. Single tickets can also be reserved on-line at www.unionstation.org. The single ticket price is $8. Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation.

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