Monday, March 22, 2010

SMU Theatre and Dance Department present ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

WINONA, Minn. – Saint Mary’s University’s Theatre and Dance Department is presenting their rendition of William Shakespeare’s infamous play “All’s Well That End’s Well” Thursday, April 8, through Sunday, April 11. The play, a lesson of love and social class, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 8-10 and at 3 p.m. on April 11 in the Page Theatre, located in the SMU Performance Center.

This comedy, set in the 1630s, takes the stage with full period costuming, supported by a beautiful, romantic setting and luscious lighting. The bawdy tale centers around a young nobleman named Bertram and an orphaned commoner named Helen. The King of France grants Helen the hand of Bertram, because she cured the king of an illness. Bertram reluctantly agrees, but immediately runs off to the wars in Italy. Helen, ever persistent, follows him to Italy and — with the help of a widow woman and her virtuous daughter, Diana — tricks him into consummating their marriage and exchanging rings. Upon hearing of Helen’s death (which she faked), Bertram returns to France only to find Diana and Helen waiting to confront him about his lies and schemes. The charming Bertram learns his lesson and vows to love Helen forever.

“Every four years the Department of Theatre and Dance produces one of Shakepeare’s plays as an essential component of the theatre training program,” said director Judy Myers. “This allows students in the Saint Mary’s community — and the Winona area — the opportunity to engage in Shakespeare’s work in conjunction with their classroom experience.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

High school performance offered

Area high school students are invited to a matinee performance of “All’s Well that Ends Well” at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, at SMU’s Page Theatre. The play is approximately two and a half hours long with an intermission. A discussion will follow. The cost is $2 per student or chaperone. Please call Jennifer Fanello, box office manager, at (407) 457-1716 to reserve room for your school.

“Though the play may seem extraordinarily bawdy at times, its main objective is to promote the value of virginity and that the loss of that virginity should happen with marriage,” Myers said. “The main characters are young (15- to 17-years-old) and the contemplation of sexual relationships is a hot topic among young people. We know your students will enjoy this lighthearted production, and we invite them to stay for a talk-back session at the end of the performance.”