Huron, Ohio  – Bowling Green State University Firelands College Theatre opens its 44th season next month with the presentation of The World of Carl Sandburg by Norman Corwin, as adapted for this production by Jann Graham Glann. 

This stage presentation of Sandburg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning literature features poetry, short-stories, jokes, ‘goofyisms,’ and segments from such works as Lincoln: The War Years, Lincoln: The Prairie Years, Chicago Poems, Rootabaga Stories, Remembrance Rock, and The People, Yes to cite a few.  Songs from Sandburg’s large collection of folk music, The American Songbag, will also be an integral part of the presentation.

The work addresses subjects from the serious to the light-hearted to the nonsensical, with topics as diverse as war, love, birth, death, objects, nature, humor, insects, and music.  An engaging theatre piece, The World of Carl Sandburg offers but a glimpse of the massive creative output of one of America’s best loved writers, and offers audiences an opportunity to be introduced to, or to re-acquaint themselves with, his work.

Glann, an assistant professor of humanities at BGSU Firelands, serves as director and musical director.  This inaugural production of the season will be dedicated to the memory of Frank Glann, former director of theatre and associate professor at the BGSU Firelands who passed away earlier this year.

The ensemble cast of 16 performers includes BGSU Firelands students and staff, area high school students, and veteran community performers, including Laura Pearson of Berlin Heights; Cody Noon of Milan; David Gilmore of North Fairfield; Cynthia Brown, Katherine Gauthier, Michael Holt, Rachel McLaughlin, Nancy Smith, and Rob Smith of Huron; William E. Barrett, Shirley Clark, Heather E. M. Griffiths, and Jarod Mariani of Sandusky; and Anthony Gardner, Christopher Pejoro, and Ryan Rankin of Bellevue.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Martha W. Smith and Susan Shamhart of Huron, Lisa Nahm of Vermilion, and Kris Burt of Norwalk.

The adapted set design and technical direction is by David Gilmore, North Fairlfield, and additional production staff includes Davy Davis, Sandusky, as scenic artist & properties coordinator; Carolyn R. Griswold, Sandusky, as costume coordinator; Dawn Franklin, Monroeville, as assistant director; and Julie A. Hamann, Port Clinton, as Box Office manager.

Performances are scheduled for Nov. 3, 4, and 5 at 8 p.m. and for Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. in BGSU Firelands’ McBride Auditorium. 

The Box Office (419-433-5560, ext. 2-0747 or 419-372-0747) opens at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31, and is open from 1-7 p.m. daily thereafter.  Regular admissions are $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and BGSU Firelands faculty/staff, $5 for children and students, and $4 for BGSU Firelands students.  Groups of 15 or more are $7 per person.

For more information contact Jann Graham Glann at 419-433-5560 or 800-322-4787.

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