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Passion, Adventure and Love will be Brought to Stage in Ithaca College Theatre's Production of 'Coram Boy'

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College Theatre will present “Coram Boy,” adapted by Helen Edmundson and based on the award-winning children’s novel by Jamila Gavin. Performance times are 8 p.m. on March 29 and 31; April 1 and 2; with 2 p.m. matinees offered on Apr. 2 and 3. All performances will be held in the Hoerner Theatre in Dillingham Center.

Ticket prices for “Coram Boy” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at all Ticket Center outlets, including Ticket Center Ithaca on the Commons or the Dillingham Center box office. Call (607) 273-4497, (607) 274-3224 or visit Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Based on historical 18th-century events, “Coram Boy” sheds light on hidden secrets surrounding unwanted pregnancy and the exploitation of children. The play’s director, Norm Johnson, states, “If we make art in order to better understand the world we inhabit and to offer others a different way of perceiving the world, then this play is perhaps the best example I have encountered in many years.”

Throughout the rehearsal process, Johnson has sought to connect the play’s historical events to the current conditions of exploited workers throughout the world. Therefore, Ithaca College Theatre will be selling only “fair trade” items at the lobby’s concessions bar during performances.

Set in England, “Coram Boy” is a story of danger, excitement and passion that interweaves tales of a disinherited son, a young couple torn apart by an unwanted pregnancy, a villainous man who exploits the women of the aristocracy, and two boys in Coram’s Foundling Hospital. “Coram Boy” is also about a young man’s passion for music and features the sounds of a classical string quartet and a chorus of 13 Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts and School of Music students. Audiences will hear songs adapted from Handel’s “Messiah,” including the famous ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’

The cast of “Coram Boy” includes Patrick Mazzella ’13 as Meshak/Mish, Lindsey Bullen ’11 as Melissa/Angel, Deanalis Resto ’11 as Young Thomas, Ben Fankhauser ’11 as Adult Thomas, Megan Ort ’13 as Young Alexander/Aaron, Max Lorn-Krause ’12 as Adult Alexander, John Gardner ’12 as Otis Gardiner/ Phillip Gaddarn, Hannah Wenzel ’11 as Mrs. Lynch and Jessica Bennett ’11 as Toby.

Andy Collopy ’11 is the music director and conductor. The design team includes scenic designer Daniel Moss ’11, lighting designer Max Doolittle ’11, costume designer Abbey Steere ’11 and sound designer Ben Truppin-Brown ’11. The show’s technical director is Rachael Hasse ’11 and the production stage manager is Nia Sciarretta ’11. Assistant professor of theatre arts Susan Jonas is the dramaturge.

A nationally recognized professional theatre training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the United States. Throughout the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theater in a professional model. Ithaca College Theatre has been an active part of the Tompkins County cultural hub as well as the Finger Lakes region for 70 years.

Dillingham is now newly updated to accommodate all patrons. Individuals with specials needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodation as soon as possible.