- The Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Southern
Mississippi is busily preparing its next production of a sexy and
scandalous French farce that weaves an outrageous plot full of mistaken
identities and comic misunderstandings, saucy servants and hilarious
"A Flea in Her Ear," which runs Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 26-March
2, features graduate and undergraduate actors from the department
under the direction of department chair Frank Kuhn.
requires real skill in comic timing, and this cast is pulling it
off brilliantly," Kuhn said. "We have a first-rate group
of comic actors in residence now, and A Flea in Her Ear' is
the perfect vehicle for their talents."
has been often called "the Neil Simon of early 20th-century
France," but Kuhn said he might be more accurately compared
to Mel Brooks or to the writers of the Carol Burnett Show.
starts with a group of ordinary people, employed in relatively ordinary
activities, and before long has them running around like lunatics,"
team for this latest Southern Miss production is made up of theater
faculty members: associate professor Stephen Judd, whose work was
recently seen in Southern Miss's production of "The Caucasian
Chalk Circle," is designing the set; assistant professor Brian
Hapcic, who designed the lighting for last fall's musical "And
The World Goes Round," is the lighting designer; and professor
Larry Mullican, longtime costume instructor and director of "The
Caucasian Chalk Circle," is designing the costumes.
Drew Sutherland, who directed the department's first production
of 2002-2003 season, "God's Country," is choreographing
the fights and pratfalls.
include: Leon Contavesprie as Victor-Emmanuel Chandebise/ Poche,
Lacy Gaskin as Raymonde, Daniel Goodman as Camille, Scott Hancock
as Tournel, Cliff Thompson as Dr. Finache, Corey Cunningham as Don
Carlos Homenides, Brooke Thompson as Lucienne, Joey Plaia as Etienne,
Sarah Teatherston as Antoinette, Joe Styron as Ferraillon, John
Ginn as Wimbledon, Victoria Lightner as Olympe and Liz Mills as
staff includes Rachel Rogers as stage manager and Bethany Dailey
as assistant director.
runs at 7:30 p.m. each evening Feb. 20-22 and again Feb. 26-March
1 a 2 p.m. matinee on March 2 at the Martha R. Tatum
Theatre. As an added incentive to see all remaining productions
of the spring semester, the department is offering a half-off discount
of the season ticket packages.
show tickets are $10 general admission; $8 for Southern Miss faculty,
staff and senior citizens; and $6 for students. Call the Southern
Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 for tickets
and information about available season packages. Order online at