BU Players explore the ‘hard work of love’

Jack and Jill For immediate release: Aug. 22, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University Players will open the fall season with “Jack and Jill” by Jane Martin. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 30 and 31, and Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8, as well as 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in the Theatre Lab, located behind the University Store.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and non-BU students and free for BU students with a student ID.

The production is part of the BU theatre arts program’s initiative to develop student-directed productions in a full-time environment at the end of summer. Senior Lauren Shover from Camp Hill directed the production and designed the set and sound; junior Sydney Hare, Sunbury, and sophomore Emily Miller, Mercer, designed costumes and junior Rebecca Kestel, Abington, designed lights.

The cast features senior Ben Deivert, Northumberland; junior Rachel DelVecchio, Bethlehem; senior Gabriella Russo, Effort; senior Philip Czekner, Harleysville; junior Jaryn Wilcox, Canton; and junior Dan Clark, Abington. Junior Courtney Costello, Pittston Township, is the stage manager.

“While many plays explore the search for the perfect mate, ‘Jack and Jill’ looks at what happens after that person is found,” said Bruce Candlish, associate professor of music, theatre and dance. “It playfully portrays the hard work of love.”

BU Players previously presented Martin’s play, “Anton in Show Business.” Her offbeat humor and passion is showcased again in this play, Candlish added.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.