Proudly Presents

An Ideal Husband

Written by

Oscar Wilde

Edited & Directed by Katelyn Tormena

There will be one Intermission

CAST

Lady Gertrude Chiltern……………..Hilary Metzger
Sir Robert Chiltern…………………Stephen Howard
Mabel Chiltern……………………….Jennah Finnegan
Mrs. Marchmont………………………. Heather J. Ives
Lady Basildon…………………………..Abby Summers
Vicomte De Nanjac……………………..John Roniger
Lord Goring………………………………..Jeremy Walter
Mrs. Cheveley………………………Faith Andra Harris
Lord Caversham……………………….Richard Luther
Phipps……………………………….Kenneth Hardcastle
Lady Markby………………………………Carol Leighton
Mason/James/Harold………………….Kevan Myers

Production Team

Director
Katelyn Tormena

Stage Manager
Erin Brown

Costume Design
Mary Morris

Lighting Design
Zeb Johnson

Set Design
Mike Hadley

Photographer
Jeremy Walter

Set Crew

Andrew Draker, Mike Hadley,
Sally Farrand, Stephen Howard, Jennah Finnegan,
Rich Luther, Hilary Metzger, Jeremy Walter

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

Directing An Ideal Husband has been one of the greatest experiences! This cast and team that I have had the privilege of working with have been inspiring to work with! This was truly a process of collaboration, trust, and dedication. Every rehearsal, I left in awe of the talent and passion in the room. I don’t have the words to describe how proud I am of everyone involved. They have worked so hard to make this show so special. I couldn’t have done this without each and every one of them and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with any other group of people. I am so grateful to have worked with them and to now call them my friends. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much to the cast and team for everything. Thank you to my friends and family for their unwavering love and support.
– Katelyn Tormena

Hilary Metzger
(Lady Gertrude Chiltern)

This is Hilary’s first show with Bell Road Barn Players, but hopefully not her last. After taking a hiatus from acting to teach; she returned to it after three years. Previously getting her Masters in acting at The University of Essex, she is no stranger to the stage. Hilary would like to thank Katelyn and the cast for such a great opportunity and fun time! This has been a blast!

Richard Luther
(Lord Caversham)

Rich is thrilled to be involved with the Bell Road Barn Players for the first time! Absent from the stage in a speaking role for over 20 years, he isgrateful, excited, and eagerly awaits opening night. Performing in the chorus of Cinderella (Knight/Villager/Court Lord) with Gladstone Theatre in the Park last year whetted his appetite for more challenging roles. Recently retired, Rich is looking forward to many more adventures in community theatre with the loving support of his own “Lady Caversham,” Beth, his family, and friends.

Carol Leighton
(Lady Markby)

Carol Leighton is a veteran KC area actor working on stage, film and TV. She returns to Parkville, having worked on The Odd Couple at the old Bell Road Barn and Park College in USA and Indian Giver. For 25 years she performed in the annual outdoor Greek drama at the Nelson-Atkins Museum with Gorilla Theatre.

Faith Andra Harris
(Lady Cheveley)

Faith Andra Harris is a recent graduate of William Jewell College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre. She has been on many stages in the Kansas City community since her youth, namely belonging to Slightly Off-Broadway Theater, Jewell Theatre Company, and Leawood Stage Company. Some of her previous roles include Rosalie in Ring Around Rosalie (SOBT), Corinna in The House of Blue Leaves (JTC), Phoebe in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (JTC), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (LSC), and Judy in 9 to 5 the Musical (JTC). This is not her first appearance in an Oscar Wilde play, but it is her first production with the Bell Road Barn Players! Faith is very pleased to be a part of such an inspired and enthusiastic cast and crew, and is thankful to her family and friends for always encouraging her theatrical endeavors.

Kevan Myers
(Mason/James/Harold)

While getting his K.U. Theater Degree, he appeared in many productions—including the world premiere of The Fool (not the title character), Romeo and Juliet, and You Can’t Take It With You. In the early 1980s, he was in Busybody with Billie Bird at Tiffany’s Attic, and worked with The Actor’s Ensemble. Since 2007, he has worked with Kansas City Actor’s Theatre, The White Theatre at JCCC, Barn Players, Just Off Broadway, City Theatre of Independence, and Metropolitan Ensemble. Last year, with Bell Road Barn, he was Gordon (the title character) in Dead Man’s Cell Phone.

Stephen Howard
(Sir Robert Chiltern)

Stephen is very excited to be back on the Bell Road stage! He last appeared in Radio Plays for the Holidays in a short play he wrote Whispering Wood. He also recently appeared as MacQueen in Murder on the Orient Express for Corbin Theatre. Many thanks to Katelyn and Erin and a fantastic cast that made this an awesome experience. Enjoy the show!

Jeremy Walter
(Lord Goring)

Jeremy Walter is excited to still be living under the David Theatre at Park University. It has been his home since 2018. He has not seen the sun once in the past six years. He’s only fed lines. Still, he’s thankful to his benevolent Bell Road Barn captors, and endeavors to do their theatrical biddings with the utmost vim and vigor. Speaking of which, this cast has been particularly vimmy and vigory, and he’s stupendously thankful to be surrounded by so much talent. Thank you for supporting community theatre!

Heather J Ives
(Mrs. Marchmont)

Heather J. Ives has found themselves back in Parkville for another venture with Bell Road Barn Players! While their credits with BRB can’t quite rival that of Mr. Walter’s, previous credits include Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, William Dunn in Men on Boats and the Other Woman in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Their passion for theatre has them involved in several community theatres around the Kansas City area including OCTA and Whim Productions. They encourage everyone to continue supporting local theatres and budding artists. Thanks for attending and enjoy the show~

John Roniger
Vicomte De Nanjac

This will be John’s third time on stage. With a radio play, a musical, and now an Oscar Wilde play he has no plans on stopping or slowing down. When John isn’t in rehearsal or on stage he is being the best dad in the world to his son Henry. He currently has a book published with plans for a second. He’s always dreamed of a life in entertainment and if he’s not busy nurturing that dream, he’s working on becoming a pilot. Needless to say, John Roniger has big plans for his life so stick around because he’s just getting started and it’s going to be groovy.

Kenneth Hardcastle
Phipps

Kenneth Hardcastle is an actor and aspiring director with a Theater degree from Truman State University. He has worked with many theaters in St. Louis, MO and Naples, FL, and runs a casual play reading group with his friends over Zoom. By day, he works with the Kansas City Public Library. Love to his wife Felicia.

Abby Summers
Lady Basildon

Abby Summers is a Weston native. After graduating high school she studied theatre at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where she was cast in 12 Angry Jurors and worked backstage building and painting sets, doing hair and makeup, and assisting with props and quick changes. Abby moved back to Weston last year and recently played Rose Bailey, Violet Bick, and many other characters in Little Theatre Weston’s It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show. When Abby’s not acting, she loves spending time with her family, binge-watching TV shows, eating, and making ridiculous skits and videos.

Jennah Finnegan
Mable Chiltern

Jennah is excited to be making her Bell Road Barn Players debut with this production. Her recent theatre credits include The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at City Theatre of Independence and originating the role of Bodie in Strangers at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in London. She would like to thank her family for their constant support on and off the stage. TGBG.

SPECIAL THANKS

Park University, Park Campus Safety, Bobbi Shaw, RJ Parish, Andrew Draker, Mike Hadley, Sally Farrand, City Theatre of Independence, and Shari Wassergord.

A Special Thanks to Annie Austen of Annie Austen, LLC for letting us borrow items for the set dressing.

SAVE THE DATE!

Our annual fall fundraiser party will be  Friday, September 20th. Get ready for a barn-raising good time!.



OUR THEATRE PARTNERS


Special Thanks to our Season Partners and Sponsors
The Newburger Foundation
and
Park University


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