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Bethel Academic Theatre to Present Invisible Friends

11/2/2010
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Bethel University’s Academic Theatre will present the play, “Invisible Friends” Nov. 11-14 in Bouldin Auditorium in the Dickey Fine Arts Building on Bethel’s McKenzie campus.
     “Invisible Friends” is a scary and family friendly play by Alan Ayckbourn, one of Britain’s most famous and prolific contemporary playwrights.
     In the story, Lucy is an ordinary teenager with an extraordinary imagination who, unhappy with her own family, revives her childhood fantasy friend, Zara.
     Initially, Lucy has lots of fun with Zara – although her low key malicious behavior toward Lucy’s family offers a glimpse she may not be as perfect as Lucy believes. As a result of her relationship with Zara, Lucy begins to wish her invisible friend was a real part of her family. Consequently, Zara’s father and brother appear and show Lucy how to make her real family disappear.
     Lucy wishes away her family, but things do not quite go as expected when she discovers her imaginary friend’s family is not as nice as she thought.
     Having being taught by Zara how to make things happen if one believes in them strongly enough, Lucy makes a decision to restore her own family and to make Zara and her family vanish. The effort of this makes Lucy faint and when she awakens her own family is restored.
     “Invisible Friends” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door prior to each performance. Bethel faculty, staff and students get in free with an I.D.
     For more information about “Invisible Friends” contact Marion Graham at graham@bethelu.edu.