Francesca Sobrer Directs Bloomington North’s “The Pajama Game”

When Bloomington High School North Theatre and Fine Arts Department wanted to put on the musical comedy The Pajama Game, they naturally looked to faculty member Francesca Sobrer to direct.

Sobrer, “Fresca” to all who work with her, is a veteran actor and director.

She not only mobilizes her students for all the necessary aspects of a show she also looks to members of the community when North High School puts on a big project.

Steve Krahnke is a professor in Indiana University’s Telecommunications Department. He’s also a theater buff with a specialty in set design.

Krahnke became involved in part because his children are in the theater program at North.

“Working with Fresca is always a challenge and a pleasure.”

“It’s a process for me.I look at the script and then study it with the director and with the choreographer to see what can work best.”

Dianne Buzzell is a staff member in Indiana University’s School of Health Physical Education and Recreation.

She’s also a professional dancer and choreographer.

“I’ve been choreographing shows for North for eight years now” she says. “Fresca, can be a very persuasive person.”

When asked about working with Krahnke she said, “The one thing I can depend on with Steve is that there will be a rake to the set”

“At first it’s a problem because my dancers practice on a flat floor”

“And, when we move the stage I’m always scared that someone will end up in the orchestra pit.”

“But, it’s great because it lets all the dancers be seen and it allows me to work with levels.”

“The Pajama Game” by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross directed by Francesca Sobrer with design by Steve Krahnke and choreography by Dianne Buzzell plays April 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2009 at 7:30 with at 2 pm matinee on the 19th.

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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