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FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance Closes Season With Comedic “Martin and Margaret and the MINDSWAP”

The Frostburg State University Department of Theatre and Dance will close its 2023-2024 season with the farcical comedy “Martin and Margaret and the MINDSWAP” by Mike Long and Amaree Cluff. Performances will take place Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, and Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 pm, with a matinee performance on April 20 at 2 p.m., all in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre in the Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.

Directed by Darrell Rushton, this lighthearted and fun play was originally intended for the 2020 season but cancelled due to the pandemic. The department is excited to bring it back for this Main Stage season.

On the brink of World War II, a genius professor invents the ultimate spy device, a machine that swaps minds. The Nazis want this wonder device, but two American heroes are fighting to keep it – and its inventor – out of enemy hands. As the MINDSWAP machine takes hold, everyone loses their mind, literally, resulting in mistaken identities, comedic chase scenes and the chaos that can only come from a mad, brain-swapping scientist.

The cast features performances by graduating seniors Brendon McCabe (Professor Georg Wachtendorf) and Hayden Shoemaker-Davis (Martin Buchanan), as well as Ava Breighner (Margaret Henkel), Finley Manocchio (Natasha Von Metzgemörder), Caleb Friend (James Burkhardt and Hans Burckhardt), and TJ Kelly and Cheyenne Daisy (understudies).

In addition to Rushton, creative team members include Sarah Slack (stage manager), George Georgeson (scenic and sound design), Ronald Breitfeller (costume design), Carson Luther (lighting design), Nicole Mattis (dialects), Shea-Mikal Green (intimacy direction), Andrew Watkins (assistant stage manager), Mackenzie Guynes and Kyle Wolford (assistant scenic design) and the Stagecraft II class (properties design). The artwork was designed by Ava Breighner.

Tickets for all performances can be purchased online at Tickets are $18 for the general public, $15 for FSU faculty and staff, $10 for youth and $7 for FSU students.

For more information about the season and group sales, call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462 Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. The lobby box office opens one hour before performances.

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