Gains, who will play the role of Jack in the guest artist production, has taken on a variety of roles in films such as Children of the Corn, Sweet Home Alabama, and Back to the Future. In addition to his extensive film roles, Gains has appeared in several guest star roles on sitcoms such as Seinfeld, My Name is Earl, and Monk.
In The Boys Next Door, Jack, is a burned out social worker to four mentally challenged men. Ian Heath, theatre major from St. Louis, Mo., will serve as the understudy to Gains, for the role of Jack. Starring alongside Gains are Zach Martin, junior theatre major from Decatur, Ill., as Arnold Wiggens, the “ringleader” of the group, who is hyperactive and very talkative, but suffers from insecurities and a persecution complex.
Patrick Espanol, freshman, undeclared major from Chicago, Ill., will play Lucien P. Smith, who has the mind of a five-year-old, but constantly carries around heavy books that he imagines he is able to read and comprehend. Norman Bulansky, who works in a doughnut shop and takes huge pride in the enormous bundle of keys that dangle from his waist, will be played by Patrick Parsons, junior criminal justice major from Memphis, Mo.; and Sean Myers, senior arts management major from Hannibal, Mo., will take on the role of Barry Klemper, a brilliant schizophrenic who fantasizes that he is a professional golfer.
Other cast members include Nick Johnson, freshman theatre major from Fieldon, Ill., as Mr. Hedges and Mr. Corbin; Travis Dahlhauser, junior speech education major from Rockford, Ill., as Senator Clarke and Mr. Klemper; Amanda Eisele, junior arts management major from Mexico, Mo., as Mrs. Fremus, Mrs. Warren, and Clara; and Kathy Holstein, freshman theatre major from Branson, Mo., as Sheila.
Behind the scenes, Whitney Colston, sophomore theatre major from Neosho, Mo., will be the assistant director; Joey Burbach, sophomore vocal music education major from Grant City, Mo., will be the stage manager; and assistant stage manager roles will be taken on by Timothy Maples, freshman musical theatre major from Chicago, Ill., and Kirsten Sindelar, freshman musical theatre major from Sherrard, Ill.
Under direction of C-SC associate professor of theatre, Haidee Heaton, The Boys Next Door will run in the Alexander Campbell Auditorium on Thursday and Saturday, November 12 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m.
“We chose The Boys Next Door for our student actors and technicians. Not only is the play very funny, it is heart-breaking and heart-warming. It is a great play for advanced character study, meta-theatre style, and provides an excellent role for our guest artist. I think that working with our guest artist on this particular play will give our students a wonderful learning and production opportunity,” said Heaton.
Every year, the C-SC Fine Arts Department brings a guest artist to campus. It is an opportunity for students and faculty to experience theater with a professional actor/actress. Students are able to work with the actor on stage, behind the scenes, and in workshops and master classes, learning new techniques in the art and sharing first-hand experience of how the profession plays out on a day-to-day basis.
Culver-Stockton is the only school in the region to bring in a professional guest artist working in theater, television and/or film each year to work with students. Previous guest artists include Robert Costanzo (2008) of the film Mafiosa, Michael Brainard (2005) of TV’s All My Children, and Michael Boatman (2005) of the sitcom
Ticket prices are adults; $8, C-SC students; $5, and non-C-SC students; $6. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact Judy Garkie in the Fine Arts office at 573-288-6413 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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