Linfield Reports, 4/26/10


A vibrant array of costumes, characters, singing and acting will fill the stage during “Carousel,” the award-winning musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, presented by the Linfield College Opera Theater and Gallery Theater.

Shows will be presented at the Gallery Theater in McMinnville. Performances are April 30 and May 1-2, 7-8. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The performance is stage directed by David Howell, adjunct professor of music at Linfield, and music directed by Gwen Leonard, professor of music at Linfield. It is the culmination of the Linfield Opera Theater, a one-credit course offered each spring to give students music theatre experience. Students not in the class can also perform in the production.

The Linfield-Gallery collaboration combines expertise from both organizations. Gallery is providing sets and costumes while Linfield provides the stage direction, musical direction and musicians.

“The collaboration between Linfield Opera Theatre and Gallery Theatre has been very successful over the years and for this huge production, it has worked out beautifully,” said Leonard.

The cast features 59 members including principals, ensemble singers, dancers and musicians. Three of the six principals are from Linfield – sophomore Chelsea Janzen of Amity, sophomore Kayla Wilkens of Salem and senior Andrew Pohl of Bremerton, Wash.

Tickets are $15 general admission, and $13 students and seniors. Gallery’s box office is open Tuesday through Friday; noon to 6 p.m. For tickets, call 503-472-2227 or go to


The Office of Admission will welcome 150 guests to campus during a Spring Open House for high school juniors on Monday, April 26. The visit program will provide students and their parents an opportunity to learn more about Linfield’s academic programs and student life opportunities. All guests will eat lunch in Dillin from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213 or visit


A collection of poetry with journal writing prompts and walking meditations along with selections from a work in progress will be shared by Edna Kovacs, Linfield instructor and author of “In A Place Called Sanctuary – Writings From A Healing Garden,” Tuesday, April 27, at noon in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

In her book, “In a Place Called Sanctuary ¬– Writings from a Healing Garden,” Kovacs shares the journey of finding sanctuary. She uses photos, brief prose pieces and poetry to paint a picture of her own sanctuary, a house and garden purchased fall 2000 in Portland. The house itself was built in 1949 on old Alpenrose dairy land. Sequestered within an orchard of pears, plums, cherries and blueberries, it is surrounded by large elm, spruce, dawn redwood and hemlock trees. Through the exploration and construction of her outer sanctuary, she also creates an inner sanctuary through writing.

Kovacs will also read from a work in progress, “Scenes From a Magyar Village,” showcasing Hungarian folklore. As a third-generation American Hungarian on her father’s side, Kovacs researched her ancestry by writing a collection of folk tales for all ages that interweaves throughout the book the magical Hungarian “taltos,” who is akin to the Native American shaman. Kovacs also found inspiration in researching and listening to the folk recordings of the Hungarian ethnomusicologists, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. Her reading will include a story about a frog who is an environmentalist, “The Frog’s Galliard,” as well as a story about a bear’s first hibernation, “Bela’s Nocturne.” Children are encouraged to attend.

Kovacs is the author of three books on writing including “Writing Across Cultures: A Handbook for Writing Poetry and Lyrical Prose,” “Writing With Multiple Intelligences” and “In A Place Called Sanctuary.” Her haiku chapbook, “Mandalas,” won the Cicada Chapbook Award. Kovacs has taught students of all ages and currently teaches in the English Language and Culture Program at Linfield. She also leads journaling workshops to individuals and family coping with a cancer diagnosis at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital.

The lecture is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503-883-2517,


United Way supports a number of social service agencies in Yamhill County. After a hiatus of several years, there is interest in reviving a United Way workplace campaign at Linfield for employees to donate to such agencies. A representative from United Way will be on campus for an informational meeting, Wednesday, April 28, at 4 p.m. in 210 Riley Hall. Anyone interested in learning more, or in assisting with a workplace campaign, is encouraged to attend.


Linfield College theatre students will give an upcoming Shakespearean production a contemporary twist.

“The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare and adapted by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts at Linfield, will be performed May 6-8 and 13-15 at 8 p.m. and May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

The performance, evocative of today’s situation comedies, features a modern slant in setting, costumes and acting style. Set in the International Market Place of Waikiki in the present day in Honolulu, Hawaii, the production features two sets of twins who have been separated since birth and create confusion when they are mistaken for the other by their business associates and loved ones.

In addition to Gupton, the production also includes set design by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts; assistant set design by Alessa Downing, a junior theatre major; sound design by Robert Vaughn, instructional associate and technical director; costume design by Alethia Moore-Del Monaco, instructional associate and costume shop manager; assistant costume design by Steven Stewart, a junior theatre major; lighting design by Matthew Sunderland, a junior theatre major; and properties design by William Bailey, a sophomore theatre minor.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 27. Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors; and $5 for students, with a special $2 discount on opening night. For the matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, mothers will get in for the special price of $5.

For more information, contact Linfield’s Marshall Theatre at 503-883-2292.


Members of the Linfield College Dance Ensemble will present a dance concert, “Global Movement: Peace. Love. Dance,” Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall at Linfield. The event is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Brenna Mollerstrom, adjunct instructor of music, students will perform 16 different pieces each representing a different relationship to dance and the message of movement around the world. Featured dance styles include ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, pointe and belly dancing. Members of the spring dance ensemble class participate in the concert. In addition to performing, students help with responsibilities associated with the production.

For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment will be featured at this year’s 38th annual Linfield College Hawaiian Lu’au Saturday, May 8, in the Rutschman Field House and Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

The Linfield Hawaiian Club will host the event, which includes dinner and a show. This year’s theme is “96 Degrees in the Shade.”

Dinner will be served in the Rutschman Field House from 5 to 7 p.m. with the entertainment portion held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Doors for the show will open for the public at 6:15 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. This year’s show will include a pre-show performance by Kaloku Holt continuing with a concert by Na Hemo later that night.

Tickets will be sold at Linfield April 26-30 and May 3-8 from 11 to 2 p.m. outside Walker Hall or from 5 to 7 p.m. in Dillin Hall. Tickets can also be purchased online at Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students kindergarten through college and senior citizens, and children under two are free. For more information, call 503-883-2435 or email


Linfield College will host the Oregon State Activities Association State Solo Championships in Music Saturday, May 1. Over 500 young musicians from throughout Oregon will compete in the area of solo music. Categories include band and orchestra instruments, voice, piano, guitar and harp. For schedule information, go to

For more information, contact Joan Paddock, professor of music, 503-883-2258,


The Asian/American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) is hosting the Asian Culture and Health Connection, Monday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Peterson Hall Photo Gallery.

The evening celebrates Asian culture and health awareness and is a fundraiser for Mercy Corps’ China Earthquake Fund.

Event highlights include a full Thai buffet dinner, raffle drawing and an evening of entertainment and education. Hear guest speakers from the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and the Asian Health and Service Center. Be entertained by the Maharlika Dance Troupe as they perform traditional Filipino dances. Take in the colors and exotic styles of traditional Asian clothing.

Tickets are $5 students and $8 general admission. Contact AAPINA at for tickets.


Lex Runciman, professor of English, has published an essay, “The Place and the Photograph,” as part of the current issue of the online journal Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments ( He read poems from his newest book at Scrumpy Murphy’s Irish pub, on April 8, in Denver, Colo., as part of Salmon Poetry’s evening of readings in conjunction with the Associated Writing Programs Conference; and at Moonstruck Chocolate Café, Lake Oswego, on April 25.



All day: Spring open house


Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

Noon: Edna Kovacs, “In a Place Called Sanctuary –Writings From a Healing Garden,” Nicholson Library


11:20 a.m.: Voices SoAn table, Dillin

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: United Way meeting, 210 Riley


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Opera theatre “Carousel,’ Gallery Theater


All day: OSAA state solo championships

Noon: Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran

3 p.m.: Track and field at Pacific Twilight

7:30 p.m.: Opera theatre “Carousel,” Gallery Theater


Noon: Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran

3 p.m.: Opera theatre “Carousel,’ Gallery Theater