School of Theatre Arts to Stage Fame: The Musical
April 1, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present Fame: The Musical April 12-17.
Developed by David De Silva, and with music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques
Levy, the musical follows the final class at New York City’s renowned High School
for the Performing Arts from their admission in 1980 through graduation in 1984. Their
struggles, fears and triumphs — from prejudice to substance abuse — are depicted with
razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama and dance.
Associate Professor of Theatre Jean Kerr is directing Illinois Wesleyan’s production
of Fame: The Musical. The cast includes Chris Long ’16 of Commerce City, Colo., (Mr. Myers); Conor Finnerty-Esmonde
’17 of St. Paul, Minn., (Nick); Emily Hardesty ’18, Peoria, Ill., (Serena); Jeffrey
Keller ’18, Plantation, Fla., (Joe); Erica Werner ’16, Lake Forest, Ill., (Ms. Bell);
Evan Dolan ’16, Dubuque, Ia., (Jack); and Juna Shai ’18, Musashimurayamo, Japan, (Carmen).
Rounding out the cast are Haley Miller ’17 of Racine, Wis., (Mabel); Jessica Smith
’17, East Peoria, Ill., (Iris); Timothy Foszcz ’18, Hoffman Estates, Ill., (Mr. Scheinkopf);
Steven Shur ’17 of Lake Bluff, Ill., (Schlomo); LeeAnna Studt ’17, Belleville, Ill.,
(Lambchops); Holden Ginn ’18, St. Peters, Mo., (Goody); and Jenia Head ’17, Southfield,
Mich., (Ms. Sherman). The ensemble includes Kenny Tran ’17, Trev Gabel ’17, Kelsey
Bearman ’16, Dana Clouser ’18, Cadence Lamb ’18, and Julia Cicchino ’16. Connor Speck
‘17 of St. Charles, Ill. leads costume design.
Curtain is at 8 p.m. April 12-16 and 2 p.m. on April 17 in the Jerome Mirza Theatre
in McPherson Hall, 2 Ames Plaza East. Tickets are $12 for Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and $14 for Friday and Saturday performances.
The Wednesday performance is free. Tickets for students are $2 with valid ID. Call
the box office for tickets or more information at (309) 556-3232. The box office is
open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 12:30 to
By Emily Phelps ’19