Dr. Prentice (right), played by Alex Pagels, attempts to conceal his affairs from Dr. Rance, played by Nick Goodman.
McPherson Theatre to Present "What the Butler Saw"

September 15, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts will present "What the Butler Saw" by Joe Orton. The production will take place in McPherson Theatre (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington) at 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1, 2 and 3. A matinee performance will be held Oct. 4 at 2:00 p.m..

Compared to Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the story line follows a psychiatrist, Dr. Prentice, as he opens his own clinic. His sexual escapades become evident through his interviewing of a new assistant. Meanwhile, a bellhop seduces (or rather gets seduced by) Dr. Prentice's wife, Mrs. Prentice. The couple must try to keep these secrets from one another while handling an unexpected visit to the hospital from the state inspector. The result, of course, is pandemonium.

Tickets for "What the Butler Saw" go on sale Monday, Sept. 21. General admission is $10 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday performances and $12 for Friday and Saturday performances. Any students may purchase tickets for $2 with a valid student ID. IWU faculty and staff will also be able to purchase tickets for $2. Senior citizens receive a discount of $1 off the general admission ticket price. The box office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m..

For additional information or to reserve tickets in advance, contact the McPherson Theatre box office at (309) 556-3232.

Cast Members: Alex Pagels (Dr. Prentice), Carly Jones (Mrs. Prentice), Elizabeth Schwarzrock (Geraldine Barclay), Nick Goodman (Dr. Rance), Chris Feiereisen (Nick Beckett), Michael Holding (Sergeant Match)

Production Team: Sandra Lindberg (Director), Gwen Robinson (Assistant Director/Dramaturge), Zez Ready (Stage Manager), Curtis Trout (Scene Designer), Lindy Randall (Assistant Scenic Designer), Adam Groeniger (Assistant Scenic Designer), Kelly Rice (Assistant to the Scene Designer/Model Builder), Brandon Wardell (Lighting Designer), Krystal Martinez (Assistant Lighting Designer), Marcia McDonald (Costume Designer), Bridget Gavlin (Associate Costume Designer), Ruby Lucero (Assistant Costume Designer), Armie Thompson (Technical Director)

Contact: Kasey Evans "12, (309) 556-3181