by Christan McKay
MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (October 8, 2001)-Mistaken identity on and off-stage provides an evening of comedy as Milligan College thespians present their fall theater production, The Actor’s Nightmare, by Christopher Durang, October 10-14 in the SUB 7 Coffee House at Milligan’s McMahan Student Center.
Audience members will find themselves swept into the world of main character George Spelvin, an ordinary accountant who finds himself in a not so ordinary situation. Spelvin is catapulted into the theatrical world where people he’s never met call him by name and expect him to play the lead role in a theater production. The play unfolds as George stumbles into the middle of three different plays with a host of out- of-this-world characters. The action rises and the hilarity grows until the final surprise ending.
“The play is a hilarious send-up that will leave the audience in stitches,” said Richard Major, director and professor of theatre at Milligan. “It taps into so many different types of theatre that it will appeal to both seasoned theatre goers and first-time audience members alike.”
The play stars Andrew Baxter, a sophomore from Kingsport, Tenn., as George Spelvin. Also featured are: Magnolia Boddy, a freshman from Elizabethton, Tenn.; Hannah Carson, a senior from Raleigh, N.C.; Warren McCrickard, a sophomore from Richmond, Va.; Adam Meyers, a senior from Lawrence, Ind.,; Michelle Moore, a sophomore from Meridian, Iowa; Matthew Mueller, a freshmen from Lancaster, Pa.; and Annie Tipton, a sophomore from Shreve, Ohio.
Scott Hardy provides lighting design, while Scott Koenig provides sound design. Hannah Carson provides hair and costume design. Amber Ybarra and Christan McKay serve as stage managers.
“George Spelvin is a challenging role,” said Andrew Baxter. “The challenge lies in trying to find motivation for a character that is in the midst of a dream.”
The production runs in SUB 7 coffee house in the McMahan Student Center on Milligan’s campus, October 10-14, with evening performances beginning at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. All tickets are general seating and cost $3. Ticket sales begin Monday, October 8, at the Milligan College Bookstore. For ticket information please call 461-8733.