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Program

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Book by: Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

Music By: Matthew Sklar

Lyrics by: Chad Beguelin

 

September 16,17, 21-24 at 7:30pm

September 18 at 2:00pm

 

 

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council

 

 

The Song List

Act I

Overture

Opening Night

Changing Lives

Changing Lives Reprise

Just Breathe

It’s Not About Me

Dance With You

Acceptance Song

You Happened

We Look to You

Tonight Belongs to You

Act II

Entr’acte

Zazz

The Lady’s Improving

Love Thy Neighbor

Alyssa Greene

Barry is Going to Prom

Unruly Heart

Changing Lives Act II

It’s Time to Dance

 

 The Cast

 

Emma……………………. Kayla Breitbarth

Alyssa Greene……………… Lottie Prather

Mr. Hawkins………………… Eddie Urish

Mrs. Greene…………………. Erica O’Neill

Shelby……………. Montgomery Wallace

Kaylee………………….Darrell Kimbro

Nick………………….. Eugene Lutz

Kevin………………. Trevor Kliever

Barry Glickman……………… Nate Sutter-Downs

Dee Dee Allen…………….. Julia Firmand

Trent Oliver………………… Nyk Sutter-Downs

Angie Dickinson………….. Courtney Moore

Shelly………………………….. Gena Gorman

 

Ensemble

Aimee Domaszewicz, Cara Domaszewicz, Riley Gibler, Barry Grimes, Abby Huffman, John Hurney, Logan Santizo, Zach Stewart, Tonya Wake, Zach Vogel

Creative Team

Director…………………………………………. Eric Ewan

Assistant Director………………….. Gale Thetford

Choreographer………………………… Danny Fisher

Music Director………………………… Kirsten Jones

Costumer………………………Carrie McMillion

Scenic Artist……………………. Stephanie Erp

Theatre Manager………………………….. Steve Cordle

Thank you to our Ushers:  Friends of Marge Creek, Caterpillar Chorus, EP Women’s Club, Laureate Gamma Rho of Beta Sigma Phi, Caterpillar Retirees, EP Kiwanis, and Friends of Eastlight

 

Tech Team

Stage Manager……………………. Taylor Cordle

Deck Manager…………………. Michelle Holdham

Flyman/ASM…… Myron Elliott

Running Crew………….. AJ Westly,Evan Atterberry,Carter Swan

Spotlights……… Lisa Scheloansky,Macgyver Hoferkamp

Revolve Operator…………… Phil Scheloansky, Rylee Pentecost

 

Set Construction

Steve Cordle,Chris Simkins,Myron Elliott,Stephanie Erp,Michelle Holdham, Matt Nitsch

 

 

GREETINGS FROM THE CAST!.

Kayla Breitbarth-Kayla is very excited to be a part of this awesome show! She is so happy to get to bring this character to life. You may have recently seen her as the Jester in Once Upon a Mattress(CST) or Sandy Cheeks in SpongeBob the Musical(PPT). Some of her other favorite roles she has played are Hannah and Others in Puffs, Hannah in Spitfire Grill and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate. Enjoy the show!

Aimee Domaszewicz-This is Aimee’s first production at Eastlight theater. She is very grateful and excited to be a part of this show and this talented cast! She started out her music career early playing the violin at age 5. She recently got back into theater and has loved every minute of it. She hopes you enjoy the show as much as she has!

Cara Domaszewicz-Cara recently graduated from college and decided to restart her musical theater career. Her previous shows/ roles include Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl #1), Honk! The Musical (Maureen), Cinderella (Ensemble), Footloose (Ensemble), and Sound of Music (pit).

Abby Huffman- lives in East Peoria and is a senior at East Peoria Community High School. This is her first community theatre production, but she’s been in productions of The Addams Family and Little Shop of Horrors for her high school. When she is not on stage, she enjoys reading, writing, crocheting, and spending time with her family. This show means a lot to her, and she sincerely hopes you enjoy!

Eric Ewan/Director- is celebrating his 43rd year in community and regional theater.  His theater career includes work as an actor, director, and scenic designer.  His last work at Eastlight Theater  was their production of HAIRSPRAY as Edna Turnblad.  More recently he directed THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM at Corn Stock Theater in Peoria and STEEL MAGNOLIAS for Chillicothe Players.  He retired from teaching Speech, English, and Theater in 2016 from Pekin Community High School where he received their highest honor, the Outstanding Contributor Award.  He also was awarded the Illinois Speech and Theater Association’s Outstanding Member and Educator awards.   As a speech coach, he directed his teams to conference, state, and national finals.  His favorite musical theater roles include:  Hysterium and Pseudolous in FORUM, King Arthur in SPAMALOT, Max Bialystock in THE PRODUCERS, and Father Virgil in NUNSENSE JAMBOREE and NUNCRACKERS.  As a director he has been particularly proud of his work on THE SPITFIRE GRILL. He is already planning his next directing venture, TITANIC the musical at Corn Stock Theater in the summer o 2023.  He is happy to be sharing this fun, enlightening, and wonderfully celebratory production of THE PROM with audiences in central Illinois.  The message of this fun and touching show is simply one of love and acceptance. A message that should be universal.  Eric would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged him during the rehearsal process of THE PROM, especially his family, Karl and Bandit, and of course, the cast, production team, and crew of THE PROM whose talents are many.

 Julia Firmand-Julia is excited to be back onstage after a 5 year hiatus. Julia and her super awesome husband, Alex, had their daughter 5 years ago and life has been a whirlwind ever since. Julia hopes everyone enjoys the show and appreciates the messages of love and inclusivity. These performances are for Brianna!

 Riley Gibler-Riley is super stoked to be starring in ‘The Prom’! This is her second show at Eastlight and her third show total. Riley is 17 (almost 18!) years old and is a senior at Dunlap High School. She is also happy to be doing this show alongside her mother and best friend. While not performing on stage, Riley enjoys writing, singing, spending time with friends, and gaming. She hopes you enjoy the show and all its glory!

 Gena Gorman-Gena is very excited to be performing in her fourth show at Eastlight. Previous roles at Eastlight include Maggie in 42nd Street,  Rosie in Mama Mia and the vocal coach in Singin In The Rain. Gena was just recently seen in Cornstock Theatre’s production of Freaky Friday as Ms Meyers the gym teacher.  Gena has been performing for many years around the Peoria area. Some of the theaters include Peoria Players, ICC, and Zellmer’s Dinner Theatre in Farmington. Some favorite roles include Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense, and Kathy in Vanities. Gena is very excited to be performing in The Prom  with her daughter Riley! Enjoy the performance!

John W. Hurney-John is a recent transplant from Los Angeles.  He moved to Bloomington last year with his family to serve as counsel for State Farm.  Though a lawyer, his passion is performing and he holds a BA in Theater from the University of New Hampshire.  He has performed with the Bloomington Community Players (Walter Hobbs/Elf) and the Peoria Players (Mama Mia/Father Alexandrios).  John is excited to be in his first Eastlight show!  He is blessed with a beautiful and supportive family (thank you Monica and Noah)!  He dedicates his performance to his sisters and their partners- Carol and her wife Pancha; Diane & her partner Monique; and Brenda (sister from another mother) & her wife Mary—who all grew up in times when taking your girlfriend to a prom was impossible.  John also dedicates his performance to his Senior Prom date, Ruth Bowley, who passed away in May 2021.

 Darrell Kimbro-Darrell is a Metamora native who is back in the area after 3 years away pursuing her college degrees. After being in shows like Les Mis, Brigadoon, and 42nd Street, they are more than ready to be in something a bit more present day. She is currently working for the Tazewell County Sheriff and plans to be around for a while. The only thing that they ask of you is this: Clap for what you like, laugh whenever you feel the need, and overall, have a good time. Oh! And don’t be like her character IRL.

 Trevor Kliever- Trevor is excited to get back into the theatre world after focusing primarily on dance during his college studies. After graduating college, he completed a Master’s degree in Interior Design and made the move to Peoria. He was heavily involved with drama in high school. Previous roles include an ensemble member for The Sound of Music, Motel during Fiddler on the Roof, and a dream ballet dancer during Oklahoma! When not on stage, he enjoys hiking, baking, cross stitch, and puzzles. He hopes that all audience members enjoy the show, as it has such a meaningful connection to his own personal life!

 Eugene Lutz- Eugene is a 23 year-old man who loves to perform. His most recent show was in his college’s performance of Putnam County Spelling Bee, where he played Jesus. While he has been in several shows in the past, he is excited to have his first singing part.

 Erica O’Neill– is so excited to make her Eastlight debut for The Prom.  Erica was lucky enough to see this show on Broadway and fell in love with it. She’s recently been onstage at Peoria Players for their productions of Kinky Boots and Mamma Mia, but as a Bloomington native, you may have seen her previously on stage at Community Players. Some favorite roles here have been The Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast or Poppy in Noises Off! (her favorite role to date!). Erica graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Theater Management/Directing.  Her job at State Farm doing visual communication design allows her time to be able to play with all her theatre friends.  As always, she thanks Matt (her mulkvisti), for putting up with her varying levels of crazy and supporting her in pursuing her passions.

Lottie Prather-Lottie is a student at MTHS.  She has been in 25 shows, and some of her favorite characters she’s played have been Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, Moana in Moana and Jasmine in Aladdin. She also runs her own local party princess company called Princess Lottie’s Enchantments

Nate Sutter-Downs– The first show Nate saw at Corn Stock Theatre was where he first saw his husband Nyk fifteen years ago. Nate’s first summer at Corn Stock was working around his future husband as well. Nate’s first show at Peoria Playets Theatre was in the ensemble of Miss Saigon along with Nyk. Nate is thrilled his first show at Eastlight is with his husband of five years and counting. Together they have four kitties, three pups, two hamsters and one happy home.  Favorite roles include Man in Chair (Drowsy Chaperone), Oscar (Odd Couple), Wilber (Hairspray), Amos (Chicago) and Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls) among many other amazong roles and opportunities that he has been lucky enough to have been part of over the years.

Nyk Sutter-Downs – Nyk is humbled and grateful to return to the Eastlight stage as Trent Oliver in The Prom. This show marks a momentous occasion, as it is the first time that he and his husband, Nate, will be sharing the stage together since 2008, when they first met, while also both playing principal roles. Some of his favorite prior credits include: Cosmo Brown in Singin’ In The Rain (ELT), Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening (NTA), Bobby/Two Ladies in Cabaret (PPT), Billy Crocker in Anything Goes (Devonshire Playhouse in Chicago), Carlos/Padamadan/Emmett & Warner cover in Legally Blonde (Devonshire Playhouse in Chicago), and Paul in A Chorus Line (ELT and CST). This show is for every Barry and Emma, and anyone in between who has ever been made to feel “less than” or had to hide who they truly are and who they love – “Nobody out there ever gets to define the life I’m meant to lead with this unruly heart of mine!” Love is love is love and gender is a construct!

Zach Stewart-This is Zach’s first show with Eastlight, and he is extremely thrilled to be a part of this regional premiere production of “The Prom”. Zach was last seen this summer in Corn Stocks productions of “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Freaky Friday”. Earlier this year he was seen in “The SpongeBob Musical” at Peoria Players. Zach has also performed in various other productions such as Avenue Q, Young Frankenstein, and Spamalot. Zach graduated from Illinois State University with his Masters in Criminal Justice. Zach currently works as a Domestic Violence Probation Officer for Peoria County. He hopes you will enjoy the show!

Gale Thetford/Assistant Director– Gale wishes to thank Director Eric Ewan for the opportunity to assist with the production of this show.Gale is better known for being on stage, having performed in various shows in the Peoria and Springfield areas. Some of her favorite roles have been Bella in Lost in Yonkers, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Sonia in Vania, Sonia, Masha and Spike. While living and performing in the Springfield area, she was named “Best Actress in Springfield” by the Illinois Times. A semi-retired lawyer, Gale is currently Vice-Chair of the Illinois Central College Board of Trustees, Vice President of Heartland Healthcare Services Board, and served on the Peoria City Council from 1997-2005. It has been a joy to get to know the cast of The Prom and you are in for a fun night of entertainment!

Eddie Urish-Eddie is the founding Artistic Director of Eastlight Theatre.  A couple highlights during his time at Eastlight include the launching of Joseph… and the National Premiere of Metropolis.  A few of his Broadway/Regional credits include the National Broadway Tour of Memphis the Musical (Simmons), August Osage County (Bill) The Fulton – Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks) The Palace and You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (Jeff) Off Broadway Booking.  Eddie is currently co-owner of Willow Bend Theatrics. He most loves spending time with his family…daughter, Whitney and daughter,  Ellie and her husband, Tyler. The apples of his eye are grandsons, Hudson, Estes and Herschel plus puppy Pippin!

Ariel Vogel-Ariel is 18 and has been in multiple different shows including Hairspray, The Addams Family, and Little Shop of Horrors. She is very excited to be able to be in this show, and hopes to be in even more Eastlight productions!

Tonya Wake-This is Tonya’s 2nd show at Eastlight. She has been involved in community theatre for 11 yrs, most recently as Lovey Howell in Gilligan’s Island the Musical. Lots of love to her boyfriend, Larry, and to her kids and family. Enjoy the show!

Montgomery Wallace-Montgomery is a student at Bradley University studying Television Arts. Although this is her first show at Eastlight, she is not new to the stage. She has been in many different shows in central Illinois for the past 7 years and she’s very excited to be in the regional debut of this amazing show. She would like to thank the entire cast for being so welcoming and fun. She would also like to thank you for supporting local theatre and hopes you enjoy the show!

 

MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS:

Evalyn Spinder   Myron Elliott Sr. & Family

Lindsay Anderson & Ken Barber

Dave and Barb King

Searchlight                   ($500 – $1,000)

Linda Abts                        Rano Mueller

Spotlight                       ($250 – $499)

John & Mandi Dyke           Paul Day

John & Marilyn Leyland

William & Susan Sulaski

Rocky Gregory           Ralph Dalton

Ronald & Judith Ziemba

Floodlight                       ($100 – $249)

Cindy Brucker           Ken & Sheri Pope

Darrel Vierling       Ron &Sally Worent

Karen & Dave Berry           Susan Tibbs

Jerry & Rita Donath         Barry Grimes

Adrienne & Josh Yoder    Terry & Carol Glynn

Ken & Gretchen Koestner       Bill White

Roger & Pat Hampton      Bern Chapman

Jolene Cote & Dale Loudermilk

Strobelight                             (up to$99) Nancy Wraight           Sharon Clark

Maureen Sames         Leah Richardson

George & Marie Weers

Lynn Linder        Julie Wagner

Priscilla Whip          Kathy Salvidio

Robert & Pat Schaub

Pat & Gordon Petry

Bill & Eveline Durham

Jan & Patti Mueller

Carol Guenther        Marie Rothan

Kathy Kalbacken

 

 

 

THANK YOU

TO OUR

BOARD!

Mike Johnson, Fon du lac Park District – President

Marjorie Greuter, EPCHS – Vice President

Craig Weigle, Fon du lac Park District – Treasurer

Doug McCarty, Festival of Lights

Ryan Beck, City of East Peoria Fire Department Morgan Cadwalader, City of East Peoria

Stephen Matheny, EPCHS Assistant to the Board:  Ginny Friedrich