Theatrical Performance of "Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau" Celebrates Earth Day at the U of M Crookston; Two performances on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium

A conversation between Thoreau and Emerson in Thoreau's cabin before leaving Walden Pond 
is the focus of Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau. A performance of the of the two-act, four-character play will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The two performances at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. 
have no admission charge and everyone is welcome. Free will donations will go to a designated sustainability project. 

Under the direction of Linnea Barton, Writing Center coordinator, the cast consists of Ian McCrae, associate professor at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, as Emerson; Chris Sthultz, assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, as Thoreau; Michael Laurich, a junior majoring in biology from Lansing, Ill., as J.B.; and Megan Luxford, a senior applied studies major from Columbus, Neb., as Rachel.

The play, written by Michael Johnathon, takes place during the final two days Henry David Thoreau spent at his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. It is an exploration of the roles each person plays protecting the earth, while challenging the audience to live a simpler life and preserve the environment. To learn more about the play, visit 

Sponsors of the performance are Liberal Arts and Education Department; Business Department; Math, Science, and Technology Department; Agriculture and Natural Resources Department; Concerts and Lectures; Crookston Students for Sustainable Development; and the UMC Music and Theater Department. 

An Earth Day celebration, Having Fun Caring for the Earth, will take place from 9 to noon in the Sargeant Student Center. The celebration includes a poster contest for college and high school students with $500 scholarships awarded to the winning posters; a sustainability fair; a Native American tribute and hot topic Earth Day mini lectures. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dana Trickey, College in the High School coordinator, at 218-281-8677. 

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In the photo: Members of the cast of "Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau" are looking forward to their performance in Kiehle Auditorium in honor of Earth Day. Cast members are (left to right): Linnea Barton, director; Kenneth Mendez, who has been instrumental in the arrangements for the performance; Megan Luxford; Chris Sthultz, Michael Laurich, and Ian McCrae.

Contact: Kenneth Mendez, office support assistant, Post Office, 218-281-8329 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (