School of Theatre Arts to Present Musical Mystery "Curtains"

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present Fred Ebb and John Kander’s musical mystery comedy Curtains Nov. 14-18 at the Jerome Mirza Theatre at McPherson Hall (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).

Based on the book by Peter Stone, Curtains is a parody of 1950s “whodunit” theatre mysteries, set in 1959 Boston. The plot follows the story of police detective Lt. Frank Cioffi (Robert Wilson ’19), who is taking the night off and enjoying an evening at the theatre, until he finds himself the lead detective in a murder investigation that takes place behind the scenes of the performance – and everyone in the cast is a suspect. The musical received eight Tony Award nominations when it premiered on Broadway in 2007.

Associate Professor and Director of the School of Theatre Arts Jean Kerr, is directing the production, with Danielle Ponsot ’20 as assistant director. Andrew Neeley ’19 is the stage manager.

Cast members include: Andy Jump ’21 (Ronnie), Angie Cornwell ’21 (Jane), Braden Tanner ’20 (Roy), Carson Gray ’20 (Russ), Catherine Groth ’20 (Mona), Catherine Mojsiewicz ’19 (Carmen), Charlie Breggren (Sasha), Cheron Whittley ’21 (Marjorie), Chris Woodley ’20 (Belling), Ian O’Toole ’20 (Sidney), Isaiah Rosales ’19 (Oscar), Jace LeGarde ’19 (Aaron), Jared Garner ’21 (Harv), Jessica McGrew ’19 (Arlene), Josiah Tennant ’20 (Grady), Kaitlin Feely ’20 (Nikki), Kamilah Lay ’19 (Georgia), Lizzie Maguire ’21 (Peg), Maddie Steele ’19 (Bambi), Matthew Fecko ’21 (Brick), Morgan McCane ’20 (Roberta), Paola Lehman ’19 (Jessica), Stefano Egleston ’20 (Randy), Travis Ulrich ’20 (Bobby), Trey Ehrhart ’21(Detective O’Farrell) and Will Mueller ’19 (Johnny).

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. each evening except for the matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $14 for Friday and Saturday, and $12 for Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Wednesday’s performance is free. All other performances are $2 for students with an ID. Tickets can be purchased at the School of Theatre Arts box office.

By Vi Kakares ’20