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College of Idaho theatre presents ‘The Gut Girls’

The College of Idaho Theatre Department is pleased to present its spring 2013 main stage production The Gut Girls, a drama written by British playwright Sarah Daniels. The show plays at 7:30 p.m. nightly April 11-13 and April 17-20 inside the Langroise Studio Theatre on the C of I campus in Caldwell. There also is a 2 p.m. matinee closing performance April 21. Tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for seniors and students. C of I students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket. For tickets and information, contact the Langroise Box Office at (208) 459-5426.

The Gut Girls is set in the slaughterhouses and gutting sheds of late Victorian London, where women are the ones wielding the cleavers. Their wits and tongues are as sharp as their knives as they gut and butcher cattle through 13-hour days. Though they toil in the most appalling of conditions, they actually are paid livable wages and enjoy camaraderie and social independence. This changes when the well-intentioned Lady Helena attempts to reform their brash ways and retrain them for more “appropriate work” as lady’s maids.

The production has led to many new experiences for the cast and crew, from learning new accents to wearing corsets to butchering real beef hearts. The play is being performed “In-the-Round,” with the audience seated around a central stage. Directed by C of I theatre professor Mike Hartwell, the cast includes student stars Ellen Campbell, Haley Ganatos, Shalena Putnam, Melissa Holmes, Briana Krebs, Mariah Schlepp, Evangel McVicker, Eli Nary, David Weatherby and Warren Stevens. The design team includes scenic design by Miguel Robles Tapia, costume design by Meagan Richardson, lighting design by Deborah Penrod and sound design by Frederick Nolan Loucks, with stage management by Tameka Spence.

“I’m most looking forward to doing the show In-the-Round,” Putnam said. “We need to play off of each other and feel free to move in the space three-dimensionally rather than being stuck in one plane. It will be nice when we finally have an audience so we can get their feedback, not only after the show but also through their energy and reactions during it.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit