Hometown news: 27 students on cast and crew for "Proof"

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Nov. 10, 2011) — The Bemidji State University theatre program’s fall production, “Proof,” will open Nov. 11.

“Proof” focuses on Catherine, a young mathematical genius in and out of college who is struggling with mental illness after losing her mathematician father, Robert, who also suffered from mental illness. After Robert’s death, his ex-graduate student, Hal, discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers.  The title of the drama refers to both that proof and to the play’s central question: Can Catherine prove the proof’s authorship?

The play explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps, both mathematically and mentally, and her desperate attempts to stay in control.

The drama has received multiple Tony Award nominations for best play, and won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The production is directed by Jesse Villarreal, a senior in theatre from Oakdale, MN; the stage is managed by Becky Cote, a junior in mass communication from Oklee, MN. Scenery is designed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Ellen Jones and Tom Skime, a junior in business administration and accounting Bemidji. Lighting is designed by Kelly Kirk, a junior in mass communication from Bemidji.

BSU alumna Elizabeth MacGregor stars as Catherine. Carissa Ries, a senior in design technology from Mankato, MN, stars as Claire; Bob Boland, junior in mass communication from Elk River, stars as Hal; and the part of Robert will be played by Patrick Carriere, assistant professor of theatre.

“Proof” will open Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bemidji State University’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.  The play will also show Nov. 12, Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available now; $6 for non-BSU students and senior citizens and $12 for adults.  Bemidji State students are admitted free with a valid ID.

For more information, please contact Pat Carriere, assistant professor of theatre, at (218) 755-3901.

Student cast and crew are listed below by hometown.

56601 | Ida Brooks, freshman, undecided; scene shop and lighting crew
56601 | Anthony Cole, senior, engineering technology; scene shop student paraprofessional
56601 | Kelly Kirk, junior, mass communication; lighting designer
56601 | Tom Skime, junior, business administration/accounting; co-set designer, technical director, master electrician
56601 | Tennielle Thompson, sophomore, theater; assistant stage manager
56601 | Taylor Williams, junior, psychology; light board operator

Big Falls | 56627 | Taylor Burdick, sophomore, undecided; scene shop and lighting crew
Brainerd | 56401 | Kayla DeChaine, junior, biology; scene shop and lighting crew, office staff
Carlton | 55718 | Monica Mullvain, freshman, undecided; charge artist
Eagan | 55122 | Ben Eng, senior, business administration/theatre; house manager, office staff
Elk River | 55330 | Bob Boland, junior, mass communication; starring as “Hal”
Goodhue | 55027 | Kyla Kyllo, senior, design technology; costume shop staff
Hermantown | 55811 | Ciarra Paulson, senior, design technology; graphic designer, office staff
Hutchinson | 55350 | Kassi Howe, freshman, aquatic biology; scene shop and lighting crew
Mankato | 56001 | Carissa Ries, senior, design technology; starring as “Claire”
Mt. Iron | 55768 | Victoria Ramponi, junior, criminal justice; scene shop and lighting crew
Nevis | 56467 | Garrett Annexstad, freshman, mass communication; scene shop and lighting crew
New Ulm | 56073 | Brandon Berg, freshman, chemistry; scene shop and lighting crew
Oakdale | 55128 | Jesse Villarreal, senior, theatre; stage director, office staff
Oklee | 56742 | Becky Cote, junior, mass communication; stage manager
Park Rapids | 56470 | Richard Bravo, junior, psychology; run crew
Perham | 56573 | Courtney Guck, sophomore, elementary education; costume shop staff
Shevlin | 56676 | Kathryn DeMaris, junior, biology; costume shop staff
Wadena | 56482 | Andrew Knutson, freshman, engineering technology; run crew; scene shop and lighting crew

Baltimore | 21211 | Samantha Dill, freshman, business administration; run crew

El Paso | 79912 | Larisa Berglund, sophomore, elementary education; costume designer