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Moravian College Theatre Company to present “Growing Up Naked”

A musical comedy about the ritual of adolescence by Richard M. Barbie

Bethlehem, Pa., February 17, 2007—The Moravian College Theatre Company will perform “Growing Up Naked,” a musical comedy about the ritual of adolescence by Richard M. Barbie. Only the character’s emotions are naked as eight distinctive teenagers bare their inner thoughts and feelings to provide a striking perspective on the pleasures and problems of adolescence. The Theatre Company will stage 5 performances from February 19 to 22 in Arena Theatre, Haupert Union Building on Moravian’s Main Street Campus.

 Growing up Naked is a series of musical numbers, monologues, and scenes that trace the characters’ development in school. Laced with humor, there’s also a serious side providing insight into problems troubling teenagers for generations – the prom, sports, dating, and body image.

Bill Bauman directs the play.  Barbara Liebhaber serves as musical director. Janine Noel’10, Highgate Springs, Vermont, serves as stage manager.

The cast includes Moravian College students, Jessica Croll ’09, Red  Hill, Pa.; Jason Ginther ’11, Norristown, Pa.; Rob Hercik ’10, Fountain Hill, Pa.; Gerard Longo ’09, Long Valley, N.J.; Kim Porcino ’10, Lebanon, N.J.; Lauren Taylor ’11, Haddon Heights, N.J.; Andrew Trontis ’10, Port Murray, N.J.; and Kim Van Orden ’12, Hawley, Pa.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday with matinees performances at 2 p.m. on  both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online at the Lehigh Valley Arts Council Box Office at: http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org/index.cfm

The Arena Theatre is located in HUB at Moravian College, near the corner of Monocacy and W. Laurel Streets, in Bethlehem, Pa. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $12 for students and senior citizens.

The purpose of the Moravian College Theatre Company is to enrich the liberal arts education by producing two - three productions each year that present significant dramatic literature of the past and present and that provide students with opportunities to participate in all aspects of play production. For more information, visit: http://home.moravian.edu/public/eng/theatre/index.htm

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.