by Noel Coward
November 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 @ 8:00PM
November 24 @ 2:00PM
All David and Judith Bliss want is a quiet weekend in the country with some guests.
When their high-spirited “children” appear with guests of their own, chaos ensues.
Misunderstandings, flaring tempers and a general house full of drama turn the quiet
weekend into a hilarious farce. "An evening of intoxicating escape." - The New York Times "Light, luminous, and charming, and hilariously funny." -The New York Post
as David Bliss
Ian is a senior BFA Acting major from Lisk, IL. Previous McPherson credits include
Hay Fever (David Bliss), As You Like It (Jacques) and A Shayna Maidel (Mordechai).
In the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre, he appeared in Playhouse Creatures
(Earl of Rochester). Professionally, Ian served as the lighting/sound designer for
the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Special thanks to "friends and family for being
so supportive. Couldn't have done it without you."
as Sorel Bliss
Abigail is a senior BFA Acting major from Saint Louis, MO. In McPherson, Abigail
has performed in Hay Fever (Sorel Bliss), The Children's Hour (Helen Burton) and was
the wardrobe crew head for A Shayna Maidel and As You Like It. In the E. Melba Johnson
Kirkpatrick Laboratory theatre, she has performed in Playhouse Creatures (Mrs. Barry)
and Red Devils (Beth). Special thanks to "my parents, Nancy and the cast, and my brother."
as Simon Bliss
Will is a senior BFA Music theatre major from Cedarburg, WI. Previously in McPherson
Theatre, Will has been seen in Hay Fever (Simon Bliss), Promenade (105), 9 to 5 (Dwayne/Ensemble),
and As You Like It (Touchstone). He participated in the Music Theatre Workshop, playing
Eric in All the Kids Are Doing It, and was seen in the Phoenix Theatre in Thrill Me
(Nathan Leopold). Professionally, Will has performed at the Huron Playhouse in The
Wizard of Oz (Lion) and Gypsy (LA). Special thanks to "friends, family, and faculty
at IWU. Your support and belief in me is what pushes me to pursue my dreams. Also
a very special thanks to Nancy Loitz for giving me the opportunity to be in one of
my favorite shows."
Alexa is a sophomore BFA Acting Major from Bentonville, AR. She appeared in McPherson
Hay Fever (Clara), and has served on many crews in McPherson for A Shayna Maidel (wardrobe
crew), 9 to 5 (light hang electricians), and As You Like It (usher). In the E. Melba
Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory theatre, she served on wardrobe crew for Red Devils.
As an actor, Alexa has performed in Steel Magnolias (Truvy) and in the Directing I
class scenes. "Special thanks to Rob and Eva Eldridge, the most amazing, supportive,
and loving parents in the world. Without you I wouldn't be on this stage tonight.
An extra special thanks to my beautiful sister, Kayla. You inspire me every day to
touch others with my gift as you have with yours."
as Myra Arundel
Jenna is a senior BFA Music Theatre major from Conifer, Colorado. Jenna has been
seen in McPherson in Hay Fever (Myra Arundel), Promenade (Miss I), 9 to 5 (Missy Hart/Dance
Captain), and Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert 2013: Sins. Credits in the E. Melba
Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre include Election Day (Brenda) and Alice's Golden
Hour/Adaptation (Player). She appeared in the Music Theatre Society's productions
of Big! The Musical (Susan) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Eloise). Jenna
has served as a dancer, choreographer, and producer for the Student Choreographed
Dance Concerts during her time at IWU and is a company member of Cohesion Dance Company,
as well as an Executive Artistic Director of Shringara Theatre Company. Professionally,
she appeared in The Confession (Alyson) with Blue Gate Musicals. "Thank you to my
parents for their endless support."
as Jackie Coryton/Understudy-Myra
Priscilla is a junior BFA Acting major with a minor in Theatre Dance from Chicago,
IL. She recently appeared in McPherson in Hay Fever (Jackie Coryton, Myra Arundel
u/s), and has served on many crews in McPherson for The Children's Hour (usher), Hello
Again (run crew), 9 to 5 (wardrobe crew), As You Like It (light hang electrician),
and Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert: Sins (usher). Priscilla served on the run
crew for Election Day in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre. Priscilla
was a part of the Research Honors project Skin Deeper and performed in the Shringara
Theatre production of Trying to find Chinatown. "I would like to thank my friends
and family for the support through my decisions to succeed in my dreams, and for going
on this journey of life with me, believing in me every step of the way."
Entire Cast & Crew - Hay Fever Program
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