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Oct. 31, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Theatre for Young Audiences presents The Journey of a Duppy Boy

The Ohio State University at Lima’s Theatre Department presents The Journey of a Duppy Boy the weeks of Nov. 4 and 11, 2013, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts. Public performances are at 2 p.m., Sun., Nov. 10, and Sun., Nov. 17, and at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 16, 2013.

In the play, based on Jamaican and West African folklore and written and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Maria Ignatieva, there lived two evil witches, Ol’Hige and Ribba Mumma. The two witches were rivals. Ol’Hige dreamt of owning Ribba Mumma's golden comb that she used to lure travellers into the water, and Ribba Mumma wanted Ol’Hige's cloak, which turned her into a ghost. Each one thought that having both would make her the Queen of the Island.

One day, a boy named Derrik and his friends had a picnic in the wilderness and played there until it became dark. When they found a beautiful cloak hanging from a cotton tree above them, the other children dared Derrik to steal it and put it on. Once he did, he could not take it off and his misfortunes started. He had become a ghost boy – a duppy. Ol’Hige decided to keep Derrik as her servant forever. The audience will follow his journey and find out how Anansi, the spider, and Python help Derrik to become a boy again.

The Journey of a Duppy Boy is Ohio State Lima’s 19th production of Theatre for Young Audiences. In its 18-year history, nearly 40,000 children have attended these shows, which are geared toward children grades K-4 and their families. Nearly 2,000 children from schools around west central Ohio will attend daytime performances Nov. 6-8, and Nov. 13-15. The show lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Tickets are $2 for all children 10 and younger, $5 for seniors, students and children 11 and older, and $7 for adults. To reserve tickets or for more information, call the Box Office at (419) 995-8382. Maps to campus are available at Lima.OSU.edu.

Cast and Crew

Maria Ignatieva (Associate Professor)..................................................... Director

Dan Matthews (Assistant Professor).. Scenic Lighting Designer and Technical Director

Doug Raver........................................... Producer and Assistant Technical Director

Danita Lazenby (Bellefontaine)................................................. Assistant Director

Loo Brandesky...................................................................... Costume Designer

Kyle Craft (Cridersville).................................................................... Rolling Calf

Beverly Steele (Cincinnati)........................................................... Ribba Mumma

Angela Massara (Forest).................................................... Derrik, the Duppy Boy

Cory Coleman (Lima)............................................................................. Python

Jenny McCombs (Lima).......................................................................... Ol’Hige

Mahsa Khadem (Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom)............... Anansi, the spider

Schools attending: Ft. Jennings, Golden Bridge Academy, Holy Rosary, Independence, Kalida, Liberty Arts Magnet, Pandora-Gilboa, Parkway, Perry, St. Anthony’s, St. Rose, St. Charles, Spencerville, and Waynesfield-Goshen.

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