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UND Theatre presents ‘Unnecessary Farce’

Spring semester at UND Theatre starts with Paul Slade Smith’s comedy, Feb. 28 through March 4

Tyler Hebert and Stevee Wittlieb play Eric Sheridan and Karen Brown in Paul Slade Smith’s “Unnecessary Farce.” Photo courtesy of UND Theatre.

Who: UND Department of Theatre Arts

What: “Unnecessary Farce,” by Paul Slade Smith

Where: Burtness Lab Theatre

When: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28 through March 4

Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students

Box Office: UND Department of Theatre Arts

UND Theatre begins the spring semester with the outrageous comedy, “Unnecessary Farce,” by Paul Slade Smith.

This play is sure to make you laugh during the long winter months with unusual characters, mistaken identities and many doors.

This classic farce is a hilarious look at a small-town crime ring and the well-intended, bumbling cops who try to catch them in the act. Add some bagpipes and a Scotsman, and you have “Unnecessary Farce.”

Please join us Feb. 28 through March 4 in the Burtness Lab Theatre for a fun evening of theatre that will tickle your funny bone. Tickets are available online at the UND Theatre Arts box office or by phone at 701.777.2587. Also, the box office in the Burtness Theatre lobby is open from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.

Production Information

Production Team:

  • Directed by Emily Cherry Oliver and Emily Wirkus
  • Costume, Hair & Makeup Design: Kylie McDonald
  • Lighting Design: Brad Reissig
  • Scenic & Sound Design: Patrick Reading
  • Technical Direction: Patrick Reading


  • Eric Sheridan: Tyler Hebert
  • Billie Dwyer: Hanna Beck
  • Karen Brown: Stevee Wittlieb
  • Mayor Meekly: Otto Lieder
  • Agent Frank: Jace Toutenhoofd
  • Todd: Brigitte Froslee
  • Mary Meekly: Tacy Crawford

Production Staff:

  • Production Stage Manager: Gloria Knudson
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Sage Driver
  • Properties Master: Gloria Knudson
  • Scene Shop Assistants: Ariel Long, Andrew Maxwell, Grace Rhoads
  • Stagehands: Tori Larson, Anna McCathy, Paw Lay Pway, Nelson Ruto, Elsie Ulseth
  • Scenic Artist: Otto Lieder
  • Costume Shop Assistant: Julie Ries
  • Drapers: Otto Lieder, Anna Mitchell
  • Costume Design Assistant: Averie Eixenberger
  • Costume Shop Student Assistants: Tacy Crawford, Averie Eixenberger, Anne Mitchell, Anissa Oveso
  • Light & Sound Board Operator: Grace Rhoads
  • Box Office Manager: Ashlie Schelm
  • Box Office Assistants: Courtney Getzlaff, Jessica Sandberg, Alexis Sjurseth, Morgan Thein
  • Publicity: Piper Sommer