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Jan. 30, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Photo attached
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Feb. 16-25 AT UNCSA


WINSTON-SALEM – Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel comes to life on stage in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, to be performed February 16-19 and 22-25 in the Thrust Theatre.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, with music, book and lyrics by Rupert Holmes, tells the story of an orphan who mysteriously disappears and is presumed murdered. The real question is who murdered Edwin Drood, and it is up to the audience to decide. This Tony Award-winning musical will keep audiences on their toes and will provide a surprise ending for everyone!

The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be directed by John Langs and features members of Studio IV, the senior class of the School of Drama. Students of the School of Design and Production will provide support for the production.

Photo by G. Allen Aycock

Could Edwin Drood (foreground, Maddie Jo Landers) have been murdered by his Uncle Jasper (Drew Bolander)?

Langs holds a B.F.A. in directing from UNCSA and is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. He has worked as a professional director in the United States and throughout the world for the last eight years. He is currently an associate artist at the Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Performances will be in the Thrust Theatre in Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem. Shows are at 8 p.m. on February 16-18 and 22-25, and at 2 p.m. on February 19 and 25. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors/students. Call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

To get sneak previews of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, “like” UNCSA Productions on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at UNCSAPerforms.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.