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UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial


The Stage Door, Fall 2004

     The Stage Door  The Stage Door Newsletter Fall 2004
Coming Attractions
Welcome to Our New Faculty & Staff
Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award
Student Advisory Council
Spotlight on Area Productions
From the Greenroom

Coming Attractions

In the Yose

World Premiere: In the Yose: Tales From Japan

The 2004 winner of Central Missouri’s Theatre For Young Audiences National Playwriting Competition is In the Yose: Tales from Japan by New York playwright Patricia Montley This year the department is producing this production as part of the Performing Arts Series. Public performances will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 10 a.m. Nov.  6, in Hendricks Hall.

This whimsical collection of traditional folk tales weaves together a host of colorful heroes and villains adored by children of Japan. The spectacular colors, exquisite beauty, and lively wisdom of Japanese folklore will delight the whole family.

The production, directed by Dr. Julie Pratt, features student designers David Hawkinson and Tim Rothwell in scenic and properties design; Daniel Parks as lighting designer; Sarah Sorrell as hair designer; Laura Bowlin as makeup designer; and Ryan McIntire as puppet designer. Faculty members Rae Robison will design costumes and Jeff Peltz will serve as technical director. Ticket may be purchased by calling the Performing Arts Series Box Office at 600-543-8067.

Some Assembly RequiredSome Assembly Required

Eugene Stickland’s contemporary Christmas comedy Some Assembly Required will be presented 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7-11 in the Highlander Theatre. Directed by Dr. Richard Herman, with scenic and lighting design by Jeff Peltz and costume design by Rae Robison, this zany comedy focuses on the members of a family who have drifted back together on Christmas Eve hoping to somehow rekindle the spirit of family and Christmas.  If you have ever decorated a Christmas tree with barbed wire, thawed a Christmas chicken with a hair dryer, opened a new Red Ryder BB gun or Barbie doll on Christmas morning, or tried mixing eggnog without milk, you are going to laugh yourself silly watching the antics of the characters in this brilliant new comedy.

Tickets will be available to Season Subscribers beginning on Monday Nov. 29 and to the general public on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Admission is $9 for the general public, $8 for UCM faculty, staff and senior citizens and $6 for students. Call the Box Office at 660-543-8811 to make reservations. All seats are reserved. No children under five years of age will be admitted. Watch for a number of area restaurants who will be advertising “Dinner and a Show” packages to coincide with our production.

Eugene Stickland, playwrightEugene Stickland on Campus

Some Assembly Required playwright Eugene Stickland will be on the UCM campus Nov. 14-17 to present playwriting workshops, work with the production company, and provide a public presentation. Stickland’s visit is made possible through a Center for Teaching and Learning Speaker’s Series grant and the UCM Foundation Theatre Fund. Stickland’s public presentation “Serendipity and a Life in the Theatre” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.16 in the Highlander Theatre. The event is free to the public and a reception will follow.

About the Playwright

Stickland started his career as a playwright following the completion of his MFA at York University in Toronto. For several years he was the co-artistic director of the Act IV Theatre Company in Toronto, which produced several of his plays including The Family, darkness on the edge of town and Quartet.

From 1994 until earlier this year Stickland was the Playwright in Residence at Alberta Theatre Projects, a contemporary theatre based in Calgary with a commitment to the development and production of new Canadian work. While at ATP, he wrote Some Assembly Required (1994), Excavations (1995), Sitting on Paradise (1996), A Guide to Mourning (1998), Closer and Closer Apart (1998), Appetite (2000), Midlife (2002) and All Clear (2004). Some Assembly Required was a finalist for Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award in 1995.

Welcome to Our New Faculty & Staff

Jeffrey Peltz, Asst. Professor of TheatreJeffrey Peltz is our new assistant professor of theatre, scenic and lighting designer, and technical director. Peltz joins the department with a broad professional history that includes work on more than 140 productions. He has served as a scenic designer, lighting designer, projection designer, technical director, production/stage manager, instructor or consultant for such producing organizations as, KCPA Summerfest, Indiana University Northwest, Illinois Dance Theatre, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School, Illinois Opera Theatre, Virginia School of the Arts, Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, Parkland College, and the Granbury Opera House. Jeff has enjoyed production duties on several premier works in theatre and dance including All Under Heaven (with Valerie Harper), Good Little Girls, Ain’t Gonna’ Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round, Two Deaths, The All New 1919 Ziegfeld Follies among others.

Kimberly Gamradt, Shop AssistantShop Assistant

The Theatre Department has a new shop assistant position. This position is a nine-month full time position to assist the scenic, lighting, properties and costume shops. We are excited that Kimberly Gamradt has taken on these responsibilities. Kim has completed all of her course work for her MA in Theatre from Central Missouri and has been active both on stage and backstage for the past year. Some of you might remember seeing Kim as Mina in Dracula, Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense.

Graduate Assistants

Our new graduate assistants include ...

Timothy Schaffer, Graduate Assistant

Timothy Schaffer, BA inTheatre from Lindenwood University

Brian Borowka, Graduate Assistant

Brian Borowka, MFA in Playwriting from Arizona State University

Aydin Sanli, Graduate Assistant

Aydin Sanli, from the Ankara University in Ankara, Turkey.

Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award

Harry and Kathi Blundell, Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award recipientsHarry and Kathi Blundell have been selected to receive the Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award for 2005. Kathi graduated with a BA in 1972 and an MA in theatre in 1974. Harry received his BA in 1974 and an MA in theatre from the University of Arkansas in 1976. Harry and Kathi have had an extremely successful thirty year theatrical career as administrators and directors for the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark. You can check out their work at

The awards presentation and reception to honor Harry and Kathi will be Saturday, April 23, 2005 in conjunction with our final mainstage performance of The Belle’s Stratagem. Mark your calendars now to come and share in this celebration.

Student Advisory Council

The 2004-2005 Student Advisory Council consists of eight students who represent the four department degree programs, a new freshman, and representatives from Theta Alpha Phi, UCM Players and the BlackBox.

The membership includes Rusty Terwelp - Theta Alpha Phi, Katy Zoeller - UCM Players, Greg Chafin - BlackBox, Nathan Potter -  BFA, Carolyn Lay - BSE, Katie Castro - BA, Aydin Sanli -  MA and Melissa Fulps  Freshman.

Spotlight on Area Productions

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Afton High School 
A Celebration of Excellence  - Nov 19-20

Blue Springs South High School
Romeo and Juliet  - Oct. 7-9

Clinton High School
Strange Boarders  - Nov 19-20

Heartland Community Theatre - Clinton, Mo.
The Good Doctor  - Oct. 21-23

Lee’s Summit North
Seussical the Musical  - Nov 12-14 and 19-20
The Christmas Gift  - Dec. 11-12

Nixa High School
Oklahoma!  - Nov 8-13

Odessa High School
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown - Nov 11-13

Raymore-Peculiar High School
Little Shop of Horrors - Oct 20-24

Raytown High School
The Wizard of Oz - Nov 18-20

State Fair Community College
The Revenge of the Space Pandas - Nov 19-20

From the Greenroom

Since we last sent out our newsletter in the fall, we had the opportunity to see so many of our alumni at David Peerbolte’s retirement in April. It was wonderful to catch up on your lives and accomplishments (which are outstanding).

We always appreciate hearing from our alumni and friends. If you have news about your professional or personal life you want to share, please send us information through our web site and leave your information on the alumni page or send information to the Theatre Office Martin 113.

And Now for the News ... 

Rich Brown, Chuck Adamson, and Brock Fisher have all found new college teaching positions. Rich is at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, Chuck is at Neosho County Community College in Chanute,Kan., and Brock is at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. Todd Potter was Associate Set Designer on the following Broadway productions Enchanted April, Goldah’s Balcony, and Avenue Q which won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Todd also teaches two classes at NYU’s Drama School and was a guest artist at Queens College where he designed Hansel and Gretel ... Kacy Christensen has moved to NYC where he is pursuing acting and dance opportunities ... Dylan Green writes that he continues to work as a professional actor in NYC and has received four New York Times reviews (all of them good he says!) ... Several of our alumni are currently pursuing degrees in graduate programs both nationally and internationally, Jason Bohon is working on a MFA in Lecoq-based physical theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts ... Jill Szoo is pursuing a MFA in directing and acting at Regents University where she is directing The Miracle Worker this fall and has been cast as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing  ... Louis Wells is in the MFA directing program at Rutgers University ... Macaela Carder has a teaching assistantship and is starting the Ph.D. program at Bowling Green State University ... Margaret Spare is in the MFA Lighting Design program at UMKC ... Jenny Green is in the MFA Costume Design program at the University of Alabama ... Jackie Ransom is working on an Education Specialist Degree in Counseling at UCM ... Russ Scott is finishing his MA degree in Theatre at Texas Tech University .. Heather Kinion is in her final year of the MFA acting program at the University of Idaho where she just finished performing with the Idaho Repertory Theatre and is currently playing Maggie in A Chorus Line  ... Emily Gann is completing a MA degree in Elementary Education in Chicago and has joined the Speaking Ring Theatre Company and will perform in Black Comedy  ... Steve Taft writes that he is currently the Acting Head of the Art Department at the University of Northern Iowa and this past summer performed in Amadeus at the Old Creamery Depot Theatre. Steve also had the opportunity to see Beth Leonard at the Okoboji Summer Theatre where Beth is Artistic Director ... Jill Reed Pettis lives in Kansas City and is home schooling her daughter and directing theatrical pieces for First Baptist Church of Shawnee .. Holly Harper played Dora in a production of Equus this summer in Stillwater OK ... Keith and Janet Enloe and Matt and Gina Connor continue to be active with the Little Theatre of Jefferson City. This past spring their daughters performed in Children of Eden and Matt performed in Dinner with Friends ... Nathan Grant has been actively performing in several community theatre projects in the Springfield area including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and It’s A Wonderful Life  ... Jesse Bean has written, directed and stars in his film Under the Gun which screens in Los Angeles in October. The film also stars Christopher Atkins and Mindy Cohn ... Congratulations to Anita and Adam Buhmann-Wiggs on the birth of James Michael and to Warren and Katie Christensen on the birth of Andrew Warren ... Laura and Michael Braibish are back from Japan and living in Salem, Ore. ... John Ong is living in Kansas City and taking classes in sign language interpreting to fulfill his goal of serving as an interpreter for theatrical productions ... Marganne Geis Box wrote to tell us about her past 34 years of living overseas. She married Charles Box in 1970 and their children were born in the Netherlands and Indonesia and grew up in Cairo, Egypt. They have also lived in the Philippines and her husband Charles is currently working in Iraq ... Tony and Jonni Nuhn live in Kearney, Mo. They have four children and Tony is an exchange administrator and Jonni directs theatre at their church ... Ken Franke is currently employed at Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis, Mo. as a Theatre Educator and Technical Director ... Keep in touch.