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The Castle of OtrantoTickets are on sale for Bluffton University’s fall production of "The Castle of Otranto," by John Minigan.

Darin Kerr, visiting instructor of theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, being staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall. Tickets, $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for senior citizens (65 and over) and non-Bluffton students, are available online at or by contacting the box office at 419-358-3239 or

"The Castle of Otranto" is an adaptation of the first Gothic novel, written in 1764 by Horace Walpole. When an enormous helmet crashes through the roof of his castle, and kills his son, Prince Manfred maneuvers to find a new heir to ensure the continued rule of his family, even as enormous body parts begin appearing throughout the castle. Minigan has crafted his adaptation in such a way that it speaks to both the eccentricities of the original novel and to where America finds itself on the world stage in the 21st century.

Cast members include Jared Hudson, a junior from Cincinnati; Scott Troyer, a senior from Sugarcreek, Ohio; Eliot Nofziger, a sophomore from Archbold, Ohio; Jon Gray, a sophomore from Bluffton; Leah Waltermyer, a junior from Washington, Pa.; Olivia Trumble, a sophomore from Jenison, Mich.; and Jill Bornhorst, a first-year student from Fort Loramie, Ohio.

Students in production roles include Hudson, fight choreographer and assistant stage manager; Lydia Speicher, a sophomore from Marysville, Ohio, scenic design and stage manager; Meghan Hirn, a first-year student from Lima, Ohio, assistant stage manager; Sam Griffith, a first-year student from Greensburg, Pa., lighting assistant and assistant stage manager; Brittany Steele, a junior from Bluffton, props master and costume assistant; and Alex Woodring, a senior from Sherwood, Ohio, co-sound designer with Kerr.

Paula Unrau, an adjunct instructor of theatre and English at Bluffton, is costume designer for the play, and Mervin Schrock of Findlay, Ohio, is the technical director.


Bluffton public relations, 10/14/11