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School of Theatre Arts Presents Musical Farce The Boys From Syracuse

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Oct. 25, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present the musical farce The Boys From Syracuse Nov. 15-20. 

Written by George Abbott, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, The Boys From Syracuse is based on William Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors. In the plot, identical twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse were separated from each other in a shipwreck as young children. Their servants, both named Dromio, are also long-separated identical twins. When the pair from Syracuse come to Ephesus, a comedy of errors and mistaken identities ensues when the wives of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husbands. 

Conor Finnerty-Esmonde ’17 plays Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio is played by Eli Miller ’17. Tim Foszcz ’18 is Antipholus of Ephesus and Kenny Tran ’17 portrays Dromio of Ephesus. Jackie Salgado ’18 (Adrianna) and her servant, Haley Miller ’17 (Luce), are the wives mistaking the two strangers from Syracuse for their husbands. Yuka Sekine '17 plays Adriana's sister, Luciana. 

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Scott Susong is directing the production, along with music director Saundra DeAthos, choreographer Jean MacFarland Kerr, and assistant choreographer LeeAnna Studt ’17. The cast also includes: Megan Sperger ’18, Danny Adams ’17, Steven Schur ’17, Dean Carlson ’17, Trev Gabel ’17, Isaiah Rosales ’19, Jace LeGarde ’19, Robert Wilson ’19, Tuxford Turner ’19, Juna Shai ’18, Kamilah Lay ’19, Maddie Steele ’19, Kara Ryan ’19, Catherine Mojsiewicz ’19, LeeAnna Studt ’17, Jenia Head ’17, Dana Clouser ’18, Joanna Dooley ’19 and Jessica McGrew ’19.

Curtain is 8 p.m. Nov. 15-19 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre inside McPherson Hall, 2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington. The Nov. 20 matinee starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for Friday and Saturday, and $12 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the Jerome Mirza Theatre Box Office. For additional information, please contact the box office at (309) 556-3232.

By Vi Kakares ’20