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Susquehanna University Student Writes, Produces Original Musical

April 7, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna University junior Billie Tadros of Whippany, N.J., has written a musical, “Fresh Ground,” to be performed April 18 and 19 as part of Susquehanna’s Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Colloquium. Both performances will be at 8 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium in Susquehanna’s Seibert Hall.

The play, based on a poem Tadros wrote for a creative writing class, is about three lesbians who open a coffee shop in Selinsgrove, Pa. According to the play’s Web site, “‘Fresh Ground’ takes us through a year of coffee, life and love, a story of friendship, of romance, and of the constant battle against intolerance.” Tadros wrote both the script and music for the production.

The cast of 20 and pit orchestra of 15 are wholly composed of Susquehanna students.  The lead characters will be played by freshman Jamie Roach of Collegeville, Pa., and juniors Amanda Aulicino of Newton, N.J., and Katelyn Williams of Westfield, Pa.

“I'm seeking to satirize society, not just here in Selinsgrove, but nationwide, and to normalize something that has always been natural but never been ‘normal,’ throwing in some humor, some drama and a fresh musical score,” said Tadros. “If even one person is moved, if just one person leaves singing the songs and appreciating a story line that isn't centered on heterosexual norms, this project will have been a success.”

The musical performance is free and open to the public. Because seating will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, audience members are encouraged to arrive early.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones
570-372-4650

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