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Drama Club Presenting ‘Epic Proportions’ This Week on Hatfield Hall Stage

October 26, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Drama Club is ready to pull the opening night curtain on its fall production, Epic Proportions, starting tonight (Wednesday) and continuing through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Hatfield Hall Theater.


"Epic Proportions"

Wednesday, October 26 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 27 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 28 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 - 7:30 p.m.

Rose-Hulman Drama Club
Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN

  Tickets: $10 for adults; $8 for non-RHIT students. Purchase tickets by 
  calling(812) 877-8544 or visiting the Hatfield Hall ticket office 
  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for non-RHIT students.  Persons can purchase tickets through the Hatfield Hall ticket office by calling (812) 877-8544 or visiting the office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Set in the 1930s, Epic Proportions tells the story of two brothers, Benny and Phil, who go to Arizona's desert region to be extras in the biblical epic movie Exeunt Omnes, directed by the mysteriously reclusive D.W. DeWitt. The fictional movie, along the lines of such Hollywood epics as Ben-Hur, includes a cast of 3,400 extras supervised by assistant director Louise Goldman.

The hijinks begin when Louise divides the extras into four groups by having them count off by four.  While Phil's experience as a "Three" includes relatively pleasant scenes, as a "Four" brother Benny suffers a list of indignities as he endures the ravages of all 10 biblical plagues.

After a series of events places Phil in the director's seat, the once friendly, likeable character becomes a controlling jerk.  Keith Amundson, senior mechanical engineering major, stars as Phil.  The play co-stars freshman Chad Jones as Benny, and Marissa Artmayer as Louise, along with a supporting cast of 24 other students.

Amundson says that his character demonstrates the importance of keeping one's ego in check and keeping things in perspective.

"It's a very funny show," Amundson adds.  "There are lots of laughs throughout, and it has a good message."