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University Players present musical revue "An Evening with Cole Porter"

April 14, 2006

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The University Players will present a musical revue "An evening with Cole Porter" in the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium.

The revue is based on the works of Cole Porter. Porter's work, most recently seen in the film "DeLovely", represents a popular tradition in American contemporary music.

Porter, who worked mainly for theater productions and film, created an impressive body of work know mostly for memorable melodies and snappy, intelligent lyrics.

The Players' production, "An Evening with Cole Porter", will debut on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. with a special dinner theater format in conjunction with the UMFK Foundation.

"The idea for a musical revue originated with Caro Williams, a UMFK student and assistant director of residential life and wellness," said Joe Zubrick, associate professor of theater and oral communications. "I was casting about ideas for a musical production when Caro mentioned that she had seen 'DeLovely' and loved Porter?s music."

"I'd been involved with musical revues for several years, beginning with a Porter revue, the idea intrigued me and we set out to develop the show," stated Zubrick.

Zubrick with the help of Scott Brickman, UMFK's associate professor of music, engaged an accompanist Sarah Smith, UMFK 2005 alumna and a small cast.

The performers are Ray Phinney, UMFK's associate direct of student activities and diversity; Melissa McCarty, a UMFK student from Omaha, Nebraska; Camryn Smith, a student from the Fort Kent elementary; Jared Michaud, a student from the Fort Kent elementary school; Heather Hartman, a UMFK student from Fort Kent; Mariella Squire, UMFK's associate professor of anthropology and sociology; Fiona Reardon, a UMFK student from Norridgewock, Maine; Phil Devaney, a music teacher for SAD #27; Jessica Arsenault, UMFK student from Ellsworth Maine and Caro Williams, a student and assistant director of residential life and wellness at UMFK.

The show is set in an after hours show bar, reminiscent of a speak-easy. The characters, fresh from uneventful or disappointing evenings, find themselves in the company of like spirits, enjoying the music of Cole Porter.

"We're trying to create a different atmosphere in the setting," said Zubrick. "I visited a video bar in Chicago and thought about incorporating that idea into our set. We'll be using clips from Porter shows between numbers to help set the scene and to place the action."

Zubrick and the cast chose a wide range of Porter songs for the revue, including: "Don't Fence Me In", "You Do Something To Me", "I Love Paris," "Night and Day," "It's De-Lovely," "You're The Top," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Thank You So Much, Missus Lowsborough-Goodby, " "Laziest Gal In Town," "My Heart Belongs To Daddy," "What Is This Thing Called Love," "In The Still of The Night," "Begin The Beguine," "C'est Magnifique", "At Long Last Love," "Why Can?t You Behave", "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "From This Moment On," "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "Anything Goes" and "Let's Do It."

"We'll be doing about two dozen numbers, in a relatively fast paced sequence," said Zubrick.

The revue previews on Thursday, April 20 and Friday April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Auditorium.

The performances are free to UMFK students.

Admission will be $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students and $10.00 for the family.