For Release: January 5, 2018
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GREAT FALLS, MONTANA – The University of Providence Performing Arts Center invites the public to experience their winter production, “The Cherry Orchard”, a timeless tragicomedy by Anton Chekhov.

Professor Barbara Lassiter is taking the reins as director, and is presenting a surreal twist on a classic that originally premiered in Russia in 1904 and continues to influence playwrights and shake audiences to this day. Anton Chekhov was one of the most famous playwrights of his time, and this production brings new vitality to his vision with a fresh visual reimagining of the world in which “The Cherry Orchard” takes place.

Middle-aged Lyubov Adreyevna (April Wendt) returns to her Russian estate after several years chasing love in Paris, and running from personal tragedy. Faced with mounting debts and changing times, the aristocratic Lyubov must decide what to do, and confront the realities of a new social order, along with the enterprising Lopakhin (Josh Wendt), the clueless Gayev (Michael Gilboe), the idealistic Trofimov (Jeffrey Scolley), the innocent Anya (newcomer Bryce Stevens), and several other friends and family, some of whom adjust better than others.

The public is invited to come see “The Cherry Orchard” February 9-17, at the University of Providence Performing Arts Center located at 1300 20th Street South, Great Falls, Montana. Tickets cost between $8-$15, and are available at the door, or in advance at

The University of Providence is a private Catholic university located in Great Falls, Montana. Founded in 1932, the university includes both a School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a School of Health Professions. For more information, go to