U-Mary Invites Public to Evening of Irish Festivities

Bismarck, ND-Looking for a new way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Or just want to come in from the cold for a fun time and some great entertainment? March 17-19, the University of Mary will present an Evening of Irish Festivities, including music, dance, food and two Irish one-act plays, in the Benedictine Center Meeting Room and dining hall on the University of Mary campus.

"We hope to celebrate the variety of Irish cultural tradition and what better time than around St. Patrick's Day?" explains Director Nita Ritzke. "Irish tradition is deeply rooted-faith in tradition, commitment to family, rich, albeit dark, humor and uncompromising inner strength."

The entertainment will begin around the hearth, with a 7:30 PM performance of "A Pot of Broth," a one-act play by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory. A light folk tale, "The Pot of Broth" combines the popular Irish character of a roaming tramp with the story of stone soup.

Following the first performance, two Irish step-dancers (daughters of U-Mary assistant professor Matthew Gerlach) and live Irish music will be performed in the Benedictine Center cafeteria, accompanied by Irish-inspired refreshments.

Events will conclude with the performance of John Synge's "Riders to the Sea," a somber tale of one family coping with their relationship to the sea.

Tickets can be reserved by calling (701) 355-8146 during business hours. Tickets also will be available at the door at a cost of $6 for general admission and $4 for seniors/high school students. Admission is free for U-Mary students, staff and faculty with MCard.

Cast and crew members (all U-Mary students):

Kristen Archer, Roy, UT
Nathan Blake, Boise, ID
John Kassner, Miles City, MT
Alice Matejcek, Wahpeton, ND
Stephanie Olson, Bottineau, ND; Minot, ND
Jacob Schwaller, East Helena, MT
Nikkita Starr, Beulah, ND
Trista Trottier, Rugby, ND
Edward Wall, Surrey, ND