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Kean’s Department of Theatre presents Encore! A Theatre Retrospective

Union, N.J. --- The Department of Theatre at Kean University will reunite decades of alumni in Encore! A Theatre Retrospective, on Saturday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. Encore! will feature songs, scenes and stories that trace the history of theatre at Kean.

“Our earliest records of theatre activity at Kean go back to 1928, well before we moved to the present campus in Union,” said producer Karen Hart, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre. Alumni will recreate roles they once played, or step into roles that they dreamed of playing.

The cast consists of 175 performers: the stars of the past - 64 alumni from various eras; stars of the present – 18 current theatre majors; and stars of the future – 101 students from the Union County Academy for the Performing Arts, with whom Kean’s Department of Theatre is partnering in the training of future artists.

Holly Logue, director and dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kean, said “Encore! is being created to serve three purposes: providing a memorable evening’s entertainment, reuniting Kean alumni and introducing them to the new Kean University, and promoting the arts at Kean and raising funds for a theatre scholarship.”

Logue is collaborating on Encore! with choreographer and musical director, Michele Mossay-Cuevas and Joe Regan, both Kean alumni. Resident costume designer, Karen Hart, is producing the event, with support from Susan Halmi, alumnus and office manager in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Hart has dug deep into the university archives to uncover treasures from the past, including the name of the first theatre graduate, Ben Marshall. Alumni also fill other important roles, such as lighting designer, stage manager, playwright, publicist, graphic designer and historian, in the production.

The performance will be preceded by a silent auction in the lobby of the theatre, where items such as signed works of art, a handmade blanket, memorabilia from earlier productions at Kean and theatre tickets will be auctioned.

To participate in the auction, it is recommended that patrons arrive at the theatre by 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, please contact the Kean University Box Office at 908-737-SHOW or visit Kean Stage online at