Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Ex-USI Artistic Director Returns for 'Pete' N' Keely'

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Ex-USI Artistic Director Returns for 'Pete' N' Keely'

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"Wonderfully weird." That's how Scott LaFeber describes returning to direct New Harmony Theater's final show of the season after a half-dozen years away from this part of the country.

LaFeber, a former New Yorker with Broadway, off-Broadway, television and film credits, left to teach at Boston's Emerson College after a decade as artistic director for the University of Southern Indiana's summer Equity theater in New Harmony, Ind., and nine years teaching at USI.

In his absence the university has grown dramatically, in enrollments, in new buildings, and with a new feel, LaFeber said during a visit in the Starbucks in the Rice Library, both under construction the year he began teaching in Boston.

"It's great to see how USI has built up and evolved," he said. "But there's a lot of familiar things to make me smile, too."

LaFeber is working with several familiar faces to direct "Pete' N' Keely," the final show in USI's 25th season producing New Harmony Theatre. That starts with Elliot Wasserman, the USI professor who heads the theater program and, as New Harmony Theatre's producing artistic director, invited LaFeber back.

It includes Shan Jensen, costume designer for this and for

USI and New Harmony Theatre productions LaFeber directed before.

And LaFeber has worked repeatedly with two thirds of his three- member cast for "Pete' N' Keely," James Hindman, Patrick

S. Brady and Mark Waldrop's musical comedy about an uncertain TV reunion performance by Pete and Keely, a once-popular singing duo whose act ended with their marriage.

Kirsti Carnahan, a veteran of Broadway, regional and touring shows, returns to New Harmony to play Keely after appearing in three other New Harmony Theatre shows LaFeber directed - "The Golden Age," "Twelfth Night" and "The Philadelphia Story."

Steve Small, the Evansville man who plays Marty, the announcer in "Pete' N' Keely," is a New Harmony Theatre veteran who played most seasons LaFeber directed. …

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