Huntington College Theatre presents “Good News!”

FOR RELEASE
1999-10-10
Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College Department of Theatre will present DeSylvia, Brown and Henderson’s “Good News!” November 4, 5 and 6 in the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. nightly.

The performance will be directed by Doc Rainbow, with musical direction by Dr. David Wallis. Tickets cost $7 and will be available to the general public October 18. For reservations and further information, contact the Huntington College Theatre Box Office at (260) 359-4275, Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Theatre is among nearly 50 academic concentrations available at Huntington College. The Christian liberal arts school is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

“Good News!,” twice filmed by MGM, was one of the most successful stage shows of the 1920s. Its jazzy score and wild dance sequences kept the show on Broadway for more than 550 performances in 1927-1928. “Good News!” is the tale of life at Tait College in the northeastern United States, where football is the new rage. The show takes place on the weekend of the championship game, and if Tait can bring home the championship, great rolls of alumni money will follow. But star fullback Tom Marlow has flunked astronomy and his only chance at playing football is to pass a makeup exam. For help he turns to Connie Lane, an egghead who has no stomach for football. But Tom is in for more than astronomy help as a romantic love begins to bud, while at the same time his society girlfriend Patricia Bingham is already planning their wedding, even though Tom hasn’t proposed. Two other romances complicate the plot on the eve of the big game: an old love affair gone wrong between Coach Johnson and astronomy professor Charlotte Kenyon, and the comic shenanigans of third-string player Bobby Randall and Babe O’Day, the girlfriend of the team’s bruiser, Beef Saunders.

“Good News!” is “shameless 1920’s nostalgia and roaring good fun, bubbling with zesty dance routines, catchy old songs and over the top zaniness.” The cast includes some of Huntington College’s finest student, faculty and alumni actors:


Jessica Abbott, a freshman English education major from Huntington, Indiana, as Connie Lane. Her experience in musicals dates back to the age of 3, including her involvement in Summer Stock (Wagon Wheel – Warsaw, IN).

Nathan Bauman, a freshman youth ministries major from Sturgen Bay, Wisconsin, as a part of the ensemble. High school performances include Fiddler on the Roof, Wizard of Oz, and others.

Andrew Bowen, a junior youth ministries major from Kendallville, Indiana, as Bobby Randall. Past performances include The Ugly Duckling (One-Act Play Festival) at Huntington College.

Nathan Byers, a junior English education major from Mooresville, Indiana, as Ticket Taker. Past performances include Our Town, and A Few Good Men at Huntington College.

Erinn Caley, a freshman history education major from Byron Center, Michigan, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is her college debut.

Leanne Carsten, a freshman oral communication major from Fort Wayne, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is her college debut.

Peter Fairchild, a freshman English education and theatre performance major from Huntington, Indiana, as Sylvester. High school performances include Once Upon A Mattress and others.

Josh Haber, a senior educational ministries major from Fort Wayne, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Our Town and A Few Good Men at Huntington College.

Matt Hallman, a sophomore theatre performance and communications major from Montgomery, Michigan, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Tartuffe and A Few Good Men at Huntington College.

Katie Harner, a sophomore undecided major from Rockford, Michigan, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include The Ugly Duckling (One-Act Play Festival) at Huntington College.

Brandon Holler, a senior pre-med (biology) major from Fort Wayne, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Fourteen Hundred Thousand (One-Act Play Festival) at Huntington College.

Tim Holtz, a senior sociology major from Peoria, Illinois, as Beef Saunders. Past performances include Romeo and Juliet at Huntington College.

Jordan Hopper, a sophomore graphic design and art education major from Huntington, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is her college debut.

Jed, Hutchinson, a freshman theatre major from Benton, Maine, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is his college debut.

Andrew Lawrence, a sophomore math education major from Huntington, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. High school performances include Bye, Bye Birdie, Big River, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and others.

Dr. Chris Leland, professor of communications at Huntington College, as Coach Johnson.

Brian Miller, a sophomore history education major from Montpelier, Ohio, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is his college debut.

Danny Miller, a senior exercise science major from Fort Wayne, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include A Few Good Men, Our Town, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and others at Huntington College.

Katy Monroe, a junior oral communications major from Huntington, Indiana, as Babe O’Day. Past performances include Return to the Forbidden Planet, and Quilters at Huntington College, and Into the Woods at the Huntington Theatre Guild.

Ryan Mooney, a sophomore choral music education major from Continental, Ohio, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Our Town, A Few Good Men, and WASP (One-Act Play Festival) at Huntington College.

Greg Perkins, a sophomore music performance major from Fremont, Ohio, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include South Pacific in high school.

Mark Richards, a sophomore music education major from Huntington, Indiana, as Tom Marlowe. Past performances include You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and others in high school.

Matt Ricke, a sophomore theatre performance major from Huntington, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Tartuffe, A Few Good Men, and Our Town at Huntington College.

Amy Rockwell, a freshman music education major from Portland, Indiana, a part of the ensemble. High school performances include Crazy For You, Anything Goes, Little Women and others.

Stacie Roth, a junior psychology major from Hicksville, Ohio, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Return to the Forbidden Planet, Our Town, and The Ugly Duckling (One-Act Play Festival) at Huntington College.

Wes Rowlader, a senior theatre tech and design major from Jackson, Michigan, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Fiddler On the Roof, Our Town, A Few Good Men, and Private Wars (One-Act Play Festival) at Huntington College.

Cris Rupp, a junior exercise science major from Blissfield, Michigan, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is his college debut.

Alyssa Schwaiger, a freshman vocal performance major from New Bremen, Ohio, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is her college debut.

Jennifer Sherrard, a sophomore elementary education major from South Bend, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is her college debut.

Rachael Shoppell, a senior vocal performance major from Churubusco, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Fiddler on the Roof, Return to the Forbidden Planet, and others at Huntington College.

Brian Smeltzer, a senior elementary education major from Montpelier, Ohio, as Policeman #2. Past performances include Fiddler on the Roof and others at Huntington College.

Kristi Snowden, a sophomore elementary education major from Huntington, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. High school performances include Bye Bye Birdie, Plain and Fancy, Big River, and Little Mary Sunshine.

Sarah Stanek, a sophomore theatre performance major from Indianapolis, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Tartuffe at Huntington College and Will Roger’s Follies in high school.

Eva Swan, a sophomore undecided major from Camplesville, Kentucky, as part of the ensemble. High school performances include Into the Woods.

Meri Teodori, a junior theatre performance major from Richmond, Virginia, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Our Town, Tartuffe, and One Act Play Festivals at Huntington College.

Lindsey Van Gelder, a freshman undecided major from Berne, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is her college debut.

John Wait, a junior math major from Lake Odessa, Michigan, as Policeman #1. Past performances include A Few Good Men and Our Town at Huntington College.

Rebekah Ward, a senior theatre performance and educational ministries major from Huntington, West Virginia, as Pat Bingham. Past performances include Sondheim and Friends, at Lambs Players (San Diego, CA), Steel Magnolias, at Arena Dinner Theatre (Ft. Wayne, Indiana), and A Few Good Men, Our Town, Quilters, Diary of Anne Frank and others all at Huntington College.

Sarah Ward, Huntington College alumnus from Huntington, Indiana, as Professor Kenyon. Past performances include Godspell, All Star Revue and others at Huntington College.

John Warden, a junior theatre performance major from Napolean, Ohio, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Our Town, A Few Good Men, and Tartuffe at Huntington College.

Joe Webb, a sophomore youth ministries major from Huntington, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is his college debut.

Evie White, a freshman theatre performance major from Knox, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. “Good News!” is her college debut.

Andrew Witmer, a freshman graphic design major from Leo, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. High school performances include Bye, Bye Birdie, South Pacific and others.

John Woodruff, a sophomore theatre performance major from Brookville, Ohio, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Our Town at Huntington College.

Amanda Zirkle, a sophomore psychology major from Knightstown, Indiana, as part of the ensemble. Past performances include Tartuffe at Huntington College.

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Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
260.359.4129
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director
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