The Illinois Central College Theatre Program 2018-19 season of four shows gets underway with a Tony-nominated retelling of a classic Italian comedy. One Man, Two Guvnors opens September 21 for six performances in the main stage theatre of the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
Written by Richard Bean, One Man, Two Guvnors is an English adaptation of Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Bean’s updated version takes place in England in the 1960s. This fast-paced farce follows the story of Francis Henshall, a down-on-his-luck bloke who becomes employed by Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time gangster in town to collect money from his fiancée’s dad. However, Roscoe is really his twin sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Henshall sees the opportunity to double his income by taking a second job with none other than Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. In order to avoid being discovered, Henshall must go to great lengths to serve both bosses and keep them apart…but for how long and at what price?
The show runs from September 21 through September 30. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm.
Cast members, their roles and their hometowns include: Jacob DuBois, Lloyd, Pekin; Josh Graff, Frances Henshall, Manito; Vanessa Hesh, Dolly, Pekin; Dylan Hill, ensemble member, Pekin; Tess Howley, Rachel Crabbe, Washington; Destiny Jording, Pauline, El Paso; Seamus Kelly, Stanley Stubbers, Easton; Noah Lane, Gareth, Trivoli; Tori Lowman, ensemble member, Pekin; Dylan McDonell, Alfie, Washburn; Creighton Peacock, Alan, Bartonville; Jared Ray, Harry Dangle, Glasford; Ricky Ray, ensemble member, Galesburg; Max Rutschke, ensemble member, Peoria; Dalton Sander, Charlie Clench, LaFayette; and Piper Simpson, ensemble member, Pekin.
Tim Wyman directs the ICC production. The show is rated PG for mild adult situations and is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Tickets cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens.
The show is the first of four in the 2018-19 ICC theatre season. Other shows include:
- Columbinus by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, examines the tragedy of the Columbine school shooting in the year of its tenth anniversary. Seven performances between November 9-18 in the studio theatre. Rated R for extreme language, adult situations, violence. No one under age 18 will be permitted.
- Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a show filled with laughter and swashbuckling adventure, tells the enduring story of the hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be. Six performances between February 22-March 3 in the mainstage theatre. Rated G for all audiences.
- Blue Window by Craig Lucas, a quiet, lyrical dramatic comedy, which takes us inside the lives of a group of friends who for varied reasons are looking for something more. Seven performances between April 12-20 in the studio theatre. Rated PG-13 for adult subject matter.
Individual tickets for all shows cost $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens. Season tickets cost $28 for the general public and $20 for students and senior citizens.
The theatre season is presented by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
For tickets or more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.