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Spring Play!

PRESS RELEASE:

Topeka High School production of THE MISANTHROPE

Is it possible for standards to be too high? Can reason and tolerance be taken too far? These questions will be explored in Topeka High School’s production of the 1666 French comedy classic, THE MISANTHROPE, by Moliere, April 10-12 at 7:00 pm in Hoehner Auditorium.

Alceste, the protagonist, is a misanthrope: a people-hater. Critical of everyone and everything, he rages at a hypocritical world that doesn’t live up to his standards of excellence. His sharp tongue creates worlds of problems for him in life, in love, and with the law. His friend Philinte, adoring tolerance, sacrifices all in the name of reason.

Given that the beliefs and attitudes of the characters are timeless and the issues they struggle with are as current today as when the play was written, this modernized production will fuse the play’s original Baroque setting with modern technology and culture.

A musical score of adapted and original music will be added to this production by Topeka High’s 2013 TPAC Young Artist of the Year, Joe Teeter. Joe is the youngest ever member of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. He was a participant in 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Vevey, Switzerland, and was principal cellist of the 2013 All-National Orchestra in Nashville, Tennessee. His delightful contributions to this play will add a level of entertainment not found in Moliere’s original script.

All seats are $5, tickets sold at the door; cash or check only. For information, contact Jeff Kaufman at Topeka High School, 295-3150 or gkaufman@topeka.k12.ks.us.