Presented by arrangement with the estate of William J. Norris.
Please note: Stage haze and color chases will be used during the production.
On behalf of the entire staff, I welcome you to the McAninch Arts Center. We are so happy you are here and welcome you to our MAC family and hope you feel at home. We want this to be your home to unplug and connect to an evening filled with laughter, music, dance, or theatre. We strive to inspire you through unique and inspiring theater experiences. We hope to transcend your expectations with excellent service and special pre and post-show engagement opportunities that help you connect to the artists and art forms more deeply. While you are here, don't forget to take some time to visit the Cleve Carney Museum of Art in the Lobby to experience cutting-edge contemporary art or enjoy our full-service concession area.
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Enjoy the show!
From the inception of planning College Theater productions, each season is built with the idea that both escapism and engagement theater are important for students to experience and our audiences to enjoy. Escapism theater allows us to escape from our daily turmoil and daily life, offering pure entertainment. Engagement theater focuses on the human condition and the burning quest for a solution—it is theater we do not easily forget and that changes us in some way, forever.
The mission of both escapism and engagement theater is to expose everyone to the great theater of the past as well as important theater of today. We’ve chosen an eclectic season including both escapism and engagement theater, culled after considering countless titles and varied genres. Above all, we’re most interested in training our students as artists, both on the stage and behind the curtain, engaging with students and community in our audience, as well. That is the power of live theater, which does not exist except in this live, ephemeral moment—it is an art that celebrates interaction—on stage, but also between stage and audience.
The 2022–2023 College Theater season is a perfect example of this exciting mix: Born Yesterday, A Christmas Carol, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Uninvited.
“I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
—Thornton Wilder, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright and novelist
Thank you so much for supporting the voices of our talented students and power of live theater. We hope you join us again and again.
The Theater Faculty at College of DuPage
Please note: Stage haze and color chases will be used during the production.
In Memory of William J. Norris (1946-2021)
William J. Norris playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre. Sun-Times file
Mr. Norris originated the role of Ebenezer Scrooge at the Goodman Theatre and portrayed him for 12 seasons, from 1978 to 1990. He then played other roles, including Mr. Fezziwig, in A Christmas Carol for another 11 years.
Over a career of nearly 40 years, Norris performed on stages throughout Europe and the Midwest, acted on television and film, was a playwright, screenwriter, director, and teacher. But most importantly, he was a valued friend to the College of DuPage Theater Department, and to me personally.
Norris wrote this adaptation specifically for the College Department. Obviously he had some personal insight into the story and journey of the character that none of us will ever understand, being involved with it for so many years. He always visited our casts, offered thoughts and support to our actors, asked them for their impressions and thoughts. He even visited our cast, via Zoom, when we produced his adaptation virtually
Ultimately, I believe, his desire was to lift up the work of Dickens, give an audience a moment of respite from the world and end the journey with hope and joy. Let us all be unafraid to recognize our own foibles from the past, open our eyes to the present and meet the future with a new sense of purpose.
Thank you to Bill, for all his many gifts. He continues his legacy with our current production.
And I feel him in the rehearsal hall, watching the show, today. -AB
Jose Mari Barrios First COD Production. Barrios is a 2016 Grammy Signature Gold recipient.
Dylan Bart First COD Production.
Linda Bertani First COD Production
Reet Bhasin Second COD production; Ocean 9-1-1: Big Blue Rescue (Stingy).
Lynn M Borge First COD Production. Borge has performed at the Bristol Renaissance Faire as part of the Queens Court (Mistress Kat Ashley). Favorite credits include You Can’t Take It With You (Penny Sycamore) and West of Pecos (Mrs. Powers) with The Oakbrook Academy.
Giana Carioscia First COD Production. Favorite credits include Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Lumiere).
Ryan Castiglia Fourth COD production; War of the Worlds: the Panic Broadcast (Harry Haywood/Ensemble), Badger (Newsreel Voice, Chorus), Ocean 9-1-1: Big Blue Rescue (Boy Rory & Tori). Favorite credits include Love/Sick (Man), Matilda (Michael Wormwood), and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Reverend Peters/Others). Castiglia competed at the 2019 IHSA Group Interpretation State Finals in The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
Camden de Leon Second COD production; A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim). Favorite credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Newsies (Crutchie) and Puffs (J. Finch).
Vivienne de Leon First COD production.
Kellie de Leon First COD Production. Favorite credits include The Children’s Hour (Karen Wright), Hedda Gabler (Berta) and Endgame (Clov).
Sam Drake First COD Production. Drake is a regional award winning dancer and received a scholarship from #DanceOn Chicago for his efforts with anti-bullying.
Anja Egge First COD production.
Brynn Egge First COD production.
Calvin Fleming Third COD production; Badger (Bob/Chorus), Ocean 9-1-1: Big Blue Rescue (Brock). Favorite credit is Ocean 9-1-1 (Brock).
Jamie Foster Sixth COD production; The Spongebob Musical (Ensemble), She Kills Monsters (Stage Manager), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally), Under Milk Wood (Ensemble), The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Ensemble). Favorite credits include The Insanity of Mary Girard (Mrs. Lum); Love/Sick (Louise Overbee and Jill) and Matilda (Choreographer) all at Glenbard North High School.
Susannah Gieschen First COD production. Her theater debut, though, was in kindergarten playing a tan cow.
Carolyn Goldsmith Second production at COD; Badger (Rose). Favorite credits include The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella with Wheaton Drama.
Micheal Guzman Second COD production; Ocean 9-1-1 Big Blue Rescue. Favorite credit: Singin’ In the Rain (Ensemble) done at Morton West High school theater department.
Katherine “Katya” Higgins First COD production.
Jenna Jongsma Second COD production; The SpongeBob Musical (Mayor of Bikini Bottom). Favorite credits include The SpongeBob Musical (Mayor of Bikini Bottom), Les Miserables (Begger) and Shrek the Musical (Dancer).
Jack Knight Fifth COD Production of A Christmas Carol. Favorite credits include: A Christmas Carol (Crack the Whip Boy), A Christmas Carol (Peter, Belinda, Tiny Tim). Knight received Elk Grove High School's Best Male Actor Award, the "Grenny" Award and was the recipient of the Principle's Medallion for Drama.
Brianna T. Kretschmer-Deem First COD production. Favorite credits include You’re a Good Man Charlies Brown (Woodstock) and Something Rotten at South Elgin High School Theater.
Elise Lech Third COD production; The SpongeBob Musical (A Fish), Badger (Mrs. Prentiss/Baby Julie). Favorite credits include The Addams Family (Ancestor) at Wheaton Drama and The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble) at the West Chicago Park District.
Brandon Luna Eighth COD production; Macbeth (Captain) Scenes from an Execution (Urgentino), The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Ensemble), War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast (Ensemble), She Kills Monsters (Orcus/Ronnie), Badger (Burt/Ben/Chorus), The SpongeBob Musical (Mr. Krabs). Favorite credits include Smokefall (Colonel/Johnny) and The Elephant Man (John Merrick) at Glenbard North High School and She Kills Monsters (Orcus/Ronnie). Luna is a 2017 Illinois High School Theatre Festival participant and a 2018 Charles A. Berglund Scholarship for education in the performing arts recipient.
Gavin McGady First COD production.
Layla McGady First COD production.
Channel Moore First COD production. Favorite credits include A Raisin in the Sun (Hansberry), Fried Green Tomatoes (Flagg) and The Stand (Stephen King).
Emma Munguia Second COD Production; Macbeth (Macduff’s Daughter). Favorite credits include a children-only production of The Wizard of Oz (Glinda) at Wheaton Drama.
Jose Pantoja First COD production.
Ella Pape First COD production.
Nicholas “Cole” Phillips First COD production. Favorite credits include Footloose (Ren); The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Peter) and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Augustus Gloop), all at Naperville North High School. Phillips is a COD presidential scholarship winner.
Mariana Quezada First COD production.
Lazar Radonjic First COD Production.
Nina Radonjic First COD production.
Monica Rosales Third COD production; The Dining Room (Annie, Grace, Winkie, Harriet, Emily) and The Living (Man 2, Clerk, Ensemble). Favorite credits include Harvey (Veta), Stepping Out (Mavis) and Anne of Green Gables (Marilla) all at LATTE Theatre
Marirose Rueth First COD production. Favorite credits include The Little Mermaid (Flounder), Seussical the Musical (Jojo), and The Laramie Project (Various Characters), all at St. Francis High School.
Anika Salgia First COD Production.
Rishi Salgia First COD Production.
Vinny Scanio+ Sixth COD Production; Scenes from an Execution (Admiral Suffici), The Living (Lord Brounker), Badger (Chester), The SpongeBob Musical (Perch Perkins) and Born Yesterday (Stage Manager). Scanio is a Belushi Stage Management Scholarship recipient.
Jackie Schiro Third COD production; Badger (Irene) and The SpongeBob Musical (Pearl). Favorite credits include Mean Girls (Janis) and Mama Mia (Ensemble) at Willowbrook High School. Schiro is a state qualifier for Antigone Now.
Emma Schmalz Third COD production; The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Beth Lofferda), The SpongeBob Musical (Electric Skate/Ensemble). Favorite credits include Legally Blonde the Musical (Margot) and Twelfth Night (Violinist) at Glenbard North High School, and The SpongeBob Musical (Electric Skate/Ensemble) at COD.
William P. Schumacher First COD Production. Favorite credits include A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge) at Bottenfield Elementary School.
Luna Aurora Shunk First COD production. Favorite credits include Reclaim 13 Fundraiser Performance (Lead Actress, Dancer and Vocalist); Alice in Wonderland (Alice) at Madison Street Theater; Backpedaling (Young Lucy) Tribeca Student Film. Shunk is an award winner for the Third Annual COD Library Student Research Symposium.
Jenna Snart First COD Production.
Lauren Sobecki First COD Production. Favorite credits include Sing (Suki), High School Musical (Gabriella, Announcer) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mrs. Bucket).
Madeline Sobecki First COD Production. Favorite credits include Descendants (Evie, Carlos) and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Mrs. Claus, Dolly).
Marlo Tallarico Second COD production. Favorite credits include A Christmas Carol (Ignorance/Schoolboy) and Not Welcome (Pool Daughter).
Annie Wagner Second COD production; The SpongeBob Musical (Electric Skate/Ensemble). Favorite credits include The SpongeBob Musical (Electric Skate/Ensemble), The Crucible (Betty Paris), and Tosca (Shepherdess).
Nathan Warren First COD production.
James “Jim” Wheeler First COD production. Favorite credits include Willy Wonka (Grandpa George); Sound of Music (Party Guest/German Soldier); The Twentieth Century (Matthew Clark) all with Wheaton Drama and Picnic (Howard) with Albright Theater. He was the Stage Manager for A Christmas Carol at Eastern Illinois University 42 years ago.
Alycia Wiegel First COD production
Lucas Wiegel Second COD production; A Christmas Carol (Want, Londoner).
Mariella Wiegel Fifth COD production; A Christmas Carol 2018 (Londoner), A Christmas Carol 2016 (Londoner), A ChristmasCarol 2014 (Londoner), A Christmas Carol 2012 (Ignorance, Londoner).
Amanda Windstrup First COD Production. Favorite credits include Newsies (Mush), Zombies: The Musical (Vera) and Radium Girls (Mrs. Roeder and Mrs. Macneil) all at Lemont High School.
Tyler Wisner First COD Production.
Christopher Yee+‡ Eighth COD production; 1984 (Waiter), Godspell (Chris), Macbeth (Porter), Clue On Stage (Stage Manager), The Living (Vincent), The Dining Room (Stage Manager) and The SpongeBob Musical (Plankton). Favorite credits include The SpongeBob Musical (Plankton), Godspell (Chris) and The Living (Vincent).
Nora Zamora Third COD production; The Wolves (#25); Scenes from an Execution (Workman/Gaoler). Favorite credits include Mamma Mia (Ensemble); Cafe Murder (Rosemary) through West Chicago Drama Club and The Wolves (#25) through COD.
Amelia Barrett is a professor of theater at College of DuPage. Barrett has most recently directed COD productions of The SpongeBob Musical and Badger. Professionally, she has directed multiple Buffalo Theatre Ensemble productions, where she is Associate Artistic Director and a member of the acting ensemble. As an actor, she has appeared with other local, regional, and international companies. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association as well as the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting and a Graduate Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis.
Christopher Kriz is an award winning composer and sound designer based in Chicago. Recent BTE designs include Stove Toucher, The Cake, Holmes and Watson, Defiance, and Outside Mullingar. Chicago: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Writers Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Victory Gardens, Timeline, First Folio, Shattered Globe, The Gift Theatre, and many others. Regional: Seattle Repertory, Kansas City Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory, Montana Shakespeare, Theatre Squared, and many summer seasons at Peninsula Players. A winner of five Joseph Jefferson Awards with a total of 22 nominations, Kriz is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829. To hear more of his work, please visit christopherkriz.com
Elias Morales is excited to be working as the Lighting Designer for another amazing production at College of DuPage! For over 18 years he has worked professional as a freelance lighting designer and stage manager around Chicago. In addition, he has also had the pleasure of traveling across the US on tour with dance and sketch comedy companies. While working with so many individuals throughout the US has been fun, it is a pure delight to be working with all the passionate and talented individuals at the MAC on tonight's show!
Kimberly G. Morris is pleased to continue her work with College of DuPage. Prior to joining the staff at COD she spent 13 years as a freelance costume, makeup, wig, prop and puppet designer throughout Chicago and the east coast. Favorite past projects; recreating five outfits worn by Frida Kahlo for the Frida Kahlo Timeless exhibit at the CCMA at COD. Puppet design/build of Allan the dog for the movie Allan the Dog the Movie. Costumes for The Merry Widow, The Mikado and La Traviata with New Philharmonic. Props design for 100 Dresses and A Year with Frog and Toad with Chicago Children’s Theatre. Costume and puppet design for Blue Planet with Akvavit Theatre. Puppet, mask and costume design for Neverwhere and Island of Dr. Moreau with Lifeline Theatre. Upcoming projects include garments for the WARHOL exhibit coming 2023 at the CCMA.
Sabrina Zeidler is pleased to be joining the MAC as the Technical Director of College Theater. Her previous work at COD has been seen as the Technical Director and Properties Designer for the DuPage Opera Theatre, Technical Director for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, and various design roles for College Theater. She is the former Stage Manager for the New Philharmonic Orchestra. Zeidler was previously the Technical Director and a resident designer for Hinsdale South High School. She is a graduate of Elmhurst University with a BA in Theatre ‐ Stage Management, Design and Technology, and Theatre Arts Administration. While there, she received awards from the Kennedy Center for her work in various productions.
Elmeka Elme*+ Sixth COD Production; Under Milk Wood (Ensemble), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Linus Van Pelt), The Living (Sarah Chandler), The Dining Room (Ensemble) and The SpongeBob Musical (Electric Skate, Ensemble). Favorite credits include You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Linus), The Living (Sarah Chandler), and The SpongeBob Musical (Electric Skate, Ensemble) all at COD. Elme is a 2022 BTE Stage Management and 2022 Belushi Scholarship recipient.
McAninch Arts Center acknowledges and gives grateful thanks to those donors who have contributed in support of the MAC mission and vision. This list of donors reflects contributions made from Dec.1, 2020 – Aug. 31 2022. While we carefully prepared this list, we recognize that errors may have occurred. Please accept our apology if you are not properly represented on this list and contact the College of DuPage Foundation at (630) 942-2462 so we may correct our records.