Illinois Wesleyan
School of Theatre Arts

Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Hay Fever

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

Cast

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Kate Fitzgerald

as Judith Bliss

Contact: kfitzger@iwu.edu

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Ian Scarlato

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."

Contact: iscarlat@iwu.edu

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Abby Dryden

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."

Contact: adryden@iwu.edu

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Will Henke

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."

Contact: whenke@iwu.edu

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Alexa Eldridge

as Clara

 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."

Contact: aeldridg@iwu.edu

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Jenna Haimes

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."

Contact: jhaimes@iwu.edu

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Priscilla Moy

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."

Contact: pmoy@iwu.edu

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Forrest Loeffler

as Richard Greatham

Contact: floeffle@iwu.edu

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Joey Chu

as Sandy Tyrell

Contact: jchu@iwu.edu

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Debra Madans

as Understudy-Jackie

Contact: dmadans@iwu.edu

 

 

 

Production Team

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Nancy Loitz

Director

Contact: nloitz@iwu.edu

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Kristin Ellert

Scenic Design

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Zachary Wagner

Costume Design

Contact: zwagner@iwu.edu

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Matthew W. Hohmann

Scenic Design

Contact: mhohmann@iwu.edu

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Aimee Patterson

Sound Design

Contact: apatters@iwu.edu

 

 

 

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