The University of Texas-Pan American will conclude its spring main stage lineup with a production of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest," April 25-29 at the University Theatre.
Directed by Dr. Eric Wiley, theatre professor, Wednesday through Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Prices are $10 for reserved seating, $5 general admission, $3 for non-UTPA students and free for faculty, staff and students. Children below the third grade will not be admitted.
The production, sponsored by Texas State Bank, features a variety of UTPA students and local community actors, including Melinda Marroquin, a 1992 UTPA theatre arts graduate.
During the past few years, Marroquin has established herself as a professional actress in the Los Angeles area. She also acted in small theatre productions and several films such as "Strange Days" and "Wayne's World II."
Marroquin moved from Los Angeles to the Austin area and became involved in the film industry. She was hired as a stand-in for Juliana Margulies of "ER" fame in "The Newton Boys" and appeared in television and print ads for Taco Cabana, Greyhound Bus Lines and the Texas Lottery.
Now, Marroquin has returned to the Rio Grande Valley to obtain a master's degree in theatre arts and her teaching certification.
For information regarding tickets, reservations or special accommodations, call the University Theatre Box Office at 956/381-3581.