SETTING
June, 1925
The Hall of the Blisses' country home
Cookham, England

The University Theatre presents

Hay Fever

by Noel Coward


Director
Cindy Gendrich

Set Designer
Mary Wayne-Thomas

Lighting Designer
Jonathan Christman

Costume Designer
Lisa Weller

Sound Designers
Alexandra Beiter*
Taylor Robertson*

Stage Manager
Marla DuMont*


September 23-24, &
September 28-October 2, 2005


 
 

CAST

JUDITH BLISS,
a celebrated English actress.
Leah Elyce Roy

DAVID BLISS,
her American husband, a novelist
Michael Casby*

SOREL BLISS,
Judith and David’s daughter. Katharine McEnery*

SIMON BLISS,
Judith and David’s son
Erich Jones*

CLARA,
the Blisses’ maid,
Judith’s former dresser
Bethany Novak*

SANDY TYRELL,
Judith’s guest, an amateur boxer. Jonathan Furr

MYRA ARUNDEL,
Simon’s guest, a socialite.
Laura Halsey*

RICHARD GREATHAM,
Sorel’s guest, a diplomatist
Joe Martinez

JACKIE CORYTON,
David’s guest, a flapper.
Emily Johnson*


* Member of The Anthony Aston Players

 











PRODUCTION STAFF

Technical Director
Trevor Anderson

Costume Studio Supervisor
Lisa Weller

Dialect Coach
Ray Collins

Audience Services Coordinator
Leslie Collins

Assistant Stage Managers
Dan Kilgalen, Mary-Hollis Williams

Prop Master
Katy Slavin*

Prop Assistant
Leah Roop-Kharasch*

Master Carpenter
Zach Tysinger*

Master Electrician
Kate Bashore*

Scene Shop Assistants
Kate Bashore*, Alexandra Beiter*, Mike Casby*, Amber Chapel, Melissa Gervasio*, Drew Grindrod, Erich Jones*, Andy Karr, Kris Karstedt, Laura Lutkefedder*, Nemanja Savic

Scenic Art Crew
Erin Bickley, Patrick Cendes, Lydia Dorsey, Caitlin McGarr, Maria Ramos de Castro Velasco,
Renee Roedersheimer

Electrics Crew
Dan Applegate, Amber Chapel,
Marta Cerceno de Pablo, Michael Christaltos, Matt Gutschick, William Simpson, Ben Whiting

Costume Assistants
Laura Bullins, Katie Delsandro,
Lauren Gaston, Hannah Guthrie

Costume Construction
Rebecca Cannon, Ainsley Johnson,
Caroline Sutton

Hair & Makeup
Brittainy Hardy

Wardrobe
Lauren Gaston

Grip
Rhett Donnelly

Light Board Operator
Sean Shields

Sound Board Operator
Patricia Leyte-Vidal

Poster Design
William L. Brown

Photography
Bill Ray III, Jonathan Christman, Leslie Collins

Box Office Staff
Alyssa Biber*, Rebecca Cannon,
Laura Halsey*, Cara Lee, Bethany Novak*, Eric Pearce, Taylor Robertson*, Lauren Rust

Front of House
Cara Lee, Bethany Novak*

Publicity Manager
Lauren Rico*

Publicity
Wes Calkin, Katie Kokkinos,
Will Navarre

Member of The Anthony Aston Players


SPECIAL THANKS
Sharon Andrews
Marie Bagby
Lynn Book
Brook Davis
Woody Hood
Lillian Shelton
Claudia and Peter Kairoff
WFU Department of Music
Graylyn Conference Center

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
A little part of me feels embarrassed to admit what a silly, happy time we’ve had with this rehearsal process. Horrifying things are happening in the world, and what have I been doing? Laughing, mostly.

However, another, louder voice inside of me says there’s too little laughter in the world. We must not be ashamed of our joy; rather, we must find more ways to remember how much we love being alive. Jack Gilbert put it well, in Refusing Heaven:

We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world...

Perhaps Coward’s characters are not the most well-behaved, most virtuous examples of delight, but they are stubbornly committed to a life lived to its fullest—or, as Coward scholar Frances Gray puts it, “to a gesture of defiance, a flower of vanity, courage, and stupidity.” So let’s be stubborn together and enjoy a few hours of silliness, with thanks to Coward, one of the wittiest writers the English-speaking world ever produced. Eighty years after this little soufflé first delighted London audiences, we’re amazed at how well it has stood the test of time, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

It is with happy anticipation that we present Hay Fever.

 

 




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