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Bethlehem, Pa., October 27, 2009—Moravian College will continue its theatre season with its second production of the year, “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” directed by senior Becky Kolacki and produced by the Moravian College Theatre Company. The play will run from November 12-15, with 8 p.m. shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Admission is free.
This play is a workshop production of a 20-minute “wizard rock opera” written by Harry Potter fan Lena Gabrielle and based on the story by the same name in the book The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling, which is loosely related to and shares an author with the Harry Potter series. Published in 2008, this book is a compilation of fairy tales from the wizarding world. “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” tells the story of a magical fountain in which one person is allowed to bathe per year; whoever that lucky person is will have all their problems cured. The audience follows three witches and a magic-less knight as they face obstacles in their search for the fountain and decide who will be the one to use its powers. As with any fairy tale, there is an important lesson to be learned in the end.
Kolacki is a senior English and secondary education major from Blue Point, New York. She has been involved with Moravian College Theatre Company since her freshman year and has acted in five shows at the College, the last one being Oedipus, in which she played Jocasta. She also directed a one-act play last year, Tennessee Williams’ "Adam and Eve on a Ferry.
After seeing the rock opera performed, Kolacki contacted the composer and decided to bring it to Moravian. Since it is usually performed as concert singing, this production will be the first time “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” is featured as a piece of theatre. Because of this, “things such as costumes, set, and blocking haven't really been incorporated before.” Kolacki has “a lot of freedom and room for creativity with it,” but she recognizes that “it's also a little daunting because I have nothing else to go off of.” The production should prove to be an original and exciting feature of the College’s theatre year.
“Fountain of Fair Fortune” will be performed in the Arena Theater, in the lower level of the Haupert Union Building. For more information on Moravian theatre, visit the website at 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.