Cameron University Theatre Arts presents Moliere’s “Tartuffe”

Cameron University’s Department of Theatre Arts continues its 2011-2012 season, “A Season of Masterpieces,” with Molière’s “Tartuffe,” a comic masterpiece about a devious conman who disguises himself as a pious man of religion. The production takes place February 16-19 in the Cameron University Theatre. Showtime on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday is 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, military, non-Cameron students, and Cameron faculty and staff.  Cameron students are admitted free with Cameron I.D. For reservations, contact the Cameron University Box Office at (580) 581-2478. 

Set in the realm 17th-century Parisian high society during the reign of King Louis XIV, Tartuffe” is a masterwork by Moliére, France's most celebrated comic playwright. Orgon, a wealthy family man, takes in a stranger by the name of Tartuffe who appears to be an extremely pious and devout man of religion. Orgon regards him almost as a saint, offers him the best food and drink, and places the needs of his guest above those of his wife and children. Orgon's friends and family see Tartuffe for the fraud that he is, yet Orgon is blind to their warnings.

Initially banned by King Louis XIV, “Tartuffe” went on to enjoy a reputation as one of the finest stage comedies in French literature thanks to Moliere’s infusion of witty dialogue, caricature, situation comedy and irony. 

The production features Brandon Landers of Lawton as Tartuffe. Community member Johnathan Menius takes the role of Orgon. Madame Pernelle is played by community leader Diane Denham, who is pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts.  She is joined by fellow Cameron students Leah Mazur, Cache, as Elmire; Lawton natives Dylan Bittner as Valere, Hannah Brock as Mariane, Dwayne Fields as Monsieur Loyal, Brandi Goldsmith as Dorine, Alexander Huff as Damis, and Brett Jolly as Flipote; Brandon Smith, Blair, as Cleante; Jay Diaz, Compton, Calif., as the Officer; and Tobi Banto of Ipaja, Lagos, Nigeria, as Laurent.

“Tartuffe” will be directed by Dr. David H. Fennema, Professor of Theatre Arts. Eric Abbott, Assistant Professor, is the production’s costume designer. Senior Tyler Breeze of Mountain Park serves as make-up designer, and Goldsmith will design the hair.  Mazur is the production’s scenic designer. She is assisted by Truly Pettijohn, the scenic charge artist.  Justin Ashley, Assistant Professor, is providing the technical direction, and stage technician Michael Ewing is handling the lighting design.  Banto is in charge of properties design.  Rounding out the production team are Lawton’s Michael Pinkston as the light board operator, Sydney Rost, Duncan, as the sound board operator, Brenda Sodano of West Orange, N.J., as the house manager, Josh Fortney, Lawton, as the stage manager, E.J. Serrano, Lawton, and Diaz as backstage crew, and Mata Soolua, Lawton, and Pettijohn on wardrobe.



February 8, 2012