Working

Amanda Hentsch '08 sings as "Pam,"
a clerk at the supermarket in Working.

IWU Lab Theatre Presents Spring Musical

March 27, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present Working, a musical about the exploration of hopes and dreams within the working class society, on April 8- April 12 at 8 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre (304 E. Graham St., Bloomington).

Based on a book of interviews with American workers by prize-winning author Studs Terkel, Working explores the typical workday and the hope of bettering one’s life through hard work and commitment. The characters range in class and job positions from corporate executives to steelworkers and all of the characters’ monologues are true stories derived from interviews with actual workers.

Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Scott Susong, Working features the book by Terkel, and music by Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Micki Grant, Craig Carnelia and Mary Rogers. 

Tickets for the show are $3 for general admission and $1 with a valid student I.D. For addition information or to order tickets beginning March 31, contact the McPherson Theatre Box Office at (309) 556-3232.

Cast Members: Justin Banta (Mike LeFerve), Chris Olmstead (Larry Ross, Frank Decker), Seth Reid (Alfred Pommier, Tom Patrick), Jessica Tidd (Nora Watson, “Millwork,” Frances Swenson), Natalie Boccumini (Diane Santiago, Grace Clements, Magdalena “Maggie” Perez), Sarah Bockel (Rose Hoffman, Roberto’s Mother), Amanda Hentsch (Pam “Babe” Secoli, Heather Lamb), Alex Pagels (Jim Wilson, Joe Zmuda), Chris Feiereisen (Brett Hauser, Ralph Werner), Mike Yarnell (Roberto Acuna, Carl Murray Bates), Evan Kasprzak (Conrad Swibel), Diane Teng (Therese Carter), Morgan DeTogne (Roberto Victor, Delores Dante), Neil Stratman (“The Mason,” Charlie Blossom).

Production Team: Scott Susong (Director), David Ruben (Asst. Director/Dramaturg), Marshall Garrett (Stage Manager), Autumn Sutton (Asst. Stage Manager), Andréa Healy (Scene Designer), Michelle Morgret (Lighting Designer), Devin Clancy (Costume Designer), Steve Gonabe (Sound Designer).

Contact: Kimberly Stabosz, ’09 (309) 556-3181