Spring theater class presents 'The Flower Queen's Daughter'

April 19, 2011

Penn State Greater Allegheny Theater students will present a retelling of the Demeter/Persephone Myth, “The Flower Queens’ Daughter,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Fitness and Cultural Center located on the upper campus of Penn State Greater Allegheny. A reception beginning at 7 p.m. opening night will feature Eastern European delicacies prepared by the Penn State Greater Allegheny Culinary staff. Following the production there will be a “meet and greet” with the cast. The play will also run at 7:30 on April 29 and 30, in the Fitness and Cultural Center.

In this adaptation of an Australian tale, a prince saves an old woman who has fallen into a ditch. She rewards him with a magical bell that calls forth helpers and challenges him to rescue the Flower Queen’s daughter, the most beautiful woman in the world, and marry her.

The production is being prepared in classes taught by Jay Breckenridge, professor of theater arts. The script evolved in class meetings, with the student improvising scenes and drafting dialogue based on the story narrative. The character and incidents in this production are from Eastern European folklore and represent the Teaching International Program at Penn State Greater Allegheny. Teaching International is a partner with the Greener Allegheny initiative and the Honors Program to bring lectures, films, and other activities on globalization and sustainability to the campus.

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Last Updated April 20, 2011