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Doktor Kaboom to Explore Wonder of Science
May 16, 2011
Finale of Successful Performing Arts Series
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's 2010-11 Performing Arts
Series comes to a close on Monday, May 23, with a long-awaited
performance by science explorer Doktor Kaboom at 7 p.m. in the
college's Hatfield Hall Theater. The Family Discovery show
was originally scheduled in early February, but postponed by a
winter ice storm.
Tickets are $8-$10 for adults and $5 for youths, and can
be purchased weekdays from 1-5 p.m. in the Hatfield Hall ticket
office or by calling (812) 877-8544.
Making Science Fun: Doktor Kaboom, a character developed by
actor/comedian David Epley, uses common household items to showcase
the wonders of science in a family-oriented show.
Doktor Kaboom is a one-man science variety show created and
performed by David Epley, an actor and comedian who attended the
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics before becoming
involved with interactive comedy.
Epley's mission is to remind his audience that scientific
adventure is fun and exciting.
"I want the young children to experience the wonder of the
unexpected in science discovery, and I want the adults in their
lives to capture that wonder once again though their child's eyes,"
said Epley in an earlier interview.
Besides the evening show, several Vigo County school groups will
participate in morning matinees on Monday and Tuesday, May
23-24. These shows, sponsored by the Wabash Valley Community
Foundation and Eli Lilly & Company, are not open to the
The special educational matinees reached 6,000 students this
year and may educate approximately 10,000 youths with science- and
musical-related programs next year, according to Bunny Nash,
manager of Rose-Hulman's Hatfield Hall and coordinator of the
college's performing arts programs. Other school matinees
this year allowed youths to witness "Star Trek Live" and
"Butterfly: Story of a Life Cycle."
This year's Rose-Hulman Performing Arts Series offered the
campus and community more shows this school year, including hosting
two award-winning musicians Jim Brickman, Kathy Mattea and Ruthie
Foster; traveling theatrical shows, "'S Wonderful" and "The 39
Steps"; two performances by the Russian National Ballet; and
popular performers "The House Jacks," "Tiempo Libre" and "Punch
Also, for the first time, Hatfield Hall hosted a series of
award-winning international films through the Global Lens Film
"We tried to provide a wide enough variety to appeal to a lot of
different interests," Nash said.
The series also involved local non-profit organizations this
year as a portion of the ticket sales for the Popovich Comedy Pet
Theater were donated to the Terre Haute Humane Society. The
series plans to expand its support of non-profit organizations for
the 2011-12 series.
Details about next year's series will be announced late this
summer. Nash stated the series' expanded program schedule has
offered several educational opportunities for the college's
students, faculty and staff members.