Category: Cast Announcement

Meet the Cast of Twelfth Night

Meet the Cast of Twelfth Night

MCCT has two shows in the works right now! Look for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Windfall Dance Studio this May. Here is a peek at the cast!

Viola – Robin Pyle 
Sebastian – Micheal Harrison 
Orsino – Jason Howard 
Olivia – Katie Benson 
Feste – Zilia Balkansky-Selles 
Sir Toby Belch – Thom Kirk 
Sir Andrew Aguecheek – Jason Lopez 
Malvolio – Roy Sillings 
Maria – Heather Howard 
Fabian – Rhianna Jones 
Antonio – Mary Cusato 
Priest/Captain/Ensemble – Connie Temm 
Ensemble – Mike Milam

King Lear Cast Announcement

King Lear Cast Announcement

Monroe County Civic Theater’s Fall production of KING LEAR has a cast! And a wonderful one at that. Meet the players –

Lear – Roy Sillings
Fool – Martin Cusato
Kent – Steve Scott

Goneril – Nancy Eagan
Albany – Cairril Adaire
Oswald – Eric P. Van Gucht

Regan – Jennifer Whitaker
Cornwall – Nic Newby

Cordelia – Gwen Livesay
France – Dan Heise
Burgundy – Phillip Addison

Gloucester – Bill Goveia
Edgar – Oliver Moss
Edmund – Jason Lopez

Doctor – Dianne Shewmaker
Old Man – Dan Heise
Curan – Ashton Webb

Various Attendants, Servants, etc – Ashton Webb

King Lear will be performed October 12-21 at the Firebay in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. We are still looking for tech crew for this show, including a Stage Manager. Interested? Email

Here are photos from King Lear:

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Uncertainty (Or, Imprecision) Cast Announcement

Uncertainty (Or, Imprecision) Cast Announcement

Uncertainty (or Imprecision) by Nicholas Krohn, is a new comedic play about three friends who meet at a bar on the same night to provide moral support for each other as they embark on their respective online dating prospects for the evening. Along for the ride is the bartender supplying the trio with plenty of liquid courage as well as two well-known (and completely out of their respective dimensions) scientists supplying plenty of terrible advice for the trio of friends as they embark on their first physical meeting with the people they have been chatting with online. The dates themselves prove to be one disaster after another in this bizarre and madcap comedy that proves once and for all that dating is the worst, but we all may as well laugh about it.
Stan: Emily Bedwell
Stephen Hawking: Gregory Maus
Werner Heisenberg: Emily Mcgee
Eric: Matt Fletcher
Allison: Jessica Joslin
Stacy: Heather Wesner
Mitchell: Lucas Kempe-Cook
Swan: Bill Goveia
Debra: Evangeline Mee
Uncertainty (or Imprecision) will be performed September 9-11 at Oddball Fermentables in Bloomington. Tickets will go on sale in early August! Don’t miss it!
“Tempest in a Teacup” Cast

“Tempest in a Teacup” Cast

Before every performance of “The Tempest,” MCCT is proud to present our children’s theater’s debut show: “Tempest in a Teacup.” This abbreviated, fast-paced version of the show will give audiences a preview of “The Tempest” and help them understand the story a little better.

Here is our “Tempest in a Teacup” Cast:

  • Prospero – William Whitaker
  • Ariel – Veronica Piurek
  • Antonio – Sabrina Balle-Voyles
  • Alonso – Avery Beck
  • Gonzalo – Nola Somers Glen
  • Caliban – Duncan Bowman
  • Wood Sprites – Charlie Black & Sam Riggins
  • Ladies of the Court – Rosie Black & Evelyn Riggins
Meet the Cast of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Meet the Cast of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Rehearsals for “The Tempest” have begun and we are excited to announce the cast of our 2018 Shakespeare in the Park offering!

  • Prospero – Becky Stapf
  • Ariel – Tayler Fischer
  • Ariel – Lane Clements
  • Ferdinand – Caleb Curtis
  • Miranda – Sammie Amidon
  • Stephano – William Henry
  • Trinculo – Alan Craig
  • Caliban – Rene Llewellyn
  • Antonio – Chris Lauderbaugh
  • Alonso – Mike Milam
  • Boatswain – Jason Lopez
  • Gonzalo – Roy Sillings
  • Sebastian – Nathan Carey
  • God/Sailor – Maryann Iaria
  • God/Sailor – Heather Riggins
  • Sailor – Sabrina Balle-Voyles
  • Sailor – Mary Carpenter
  • Sailor – Lorraine Lamour
  • Sailor – Gwen Livesay
  • Sailor – Dianne Shewmaker
  • Sailor – William Whitaker

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Actor Profile: Eric Van Gucht portrays Teddy in “When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?”

Actor Profile: Eric Van Gucht portrays Teddy in “When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?”

Monroe County Civic Theater is entering into its 32nd season as Bloomington’s only all-volunteer, amateur community theater company. First up, director Isadore James Torry brings us a gripping drama where small town diner patrons and staff are held hostage and forced to face their own mortality… and each other.

Eric Van Gucht plays Teddy, the perpetrator of these crimes in the MCCT production of Mark Medoff’s “When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?” the 1974 Obie Award winner for Distinguished Play. The production will be performed at Cafe Pizzaria, April 6-8, 7pm.

This is the first in a new series of MCCT actor/crew profiles. I’ve asked Eric to talk about playing Teddy, his experiences as an IU Theater graduate, and what community theater means to him.



When did you first want to be an actor? Was there a first acting experience that really made you love it and can you tell us about that?


I was in seventh grade, around age thirteen, when I started doing theater seriously. I had a neighbor who had done it for several years, and I saw him acting and thought it would be fun to try. At the time I didn’t expect my theatrical career to last as long as it has, but I’m glad it did. At my first serious audition for a middle school play I ended up getting the lead role and never looked back. It’s been a very good friendship between the craft and I.

One production that I really loved which made me really want to pursue theater beyond just a high school level was The Fantasticks as a junior at Bloomington North. I got to be on stage with my best friend, and it was the first serious show (i.e. show not written for middle school audiences) that I’d ever experienced. It remains one of my favorites to this day.


What would you say your biggest hurdles were as an actor/theater student? Did you consider other degree programs?

Good question! One of the hardest parts about theater was learning how to deal with failure. Since I had a couple of lead roles in middle school, I came in a little overconfident as a high school actor. In those four years I ended up doing two productions where I acted on stage, and two more where I worked backstage.

For beginning actors an important lesson to learn is that the nature of competing in professional theater means you’re going to get a lot more noes than yeses. I’ve done a lot of work with Monroe County Civic Theater and other local groups, and I’ve gotten involved in a few independent shows connected to IU.

I also have a B.A. in French, and between the two degrees I feel like I have a good command of words. I never really considered any other degree programs at the time, but in hindsight it might have helped me to consider other options. I love to do theater, but creativity has a lot of competition in it.


What can you tell us about your current role in “When Ya Comin Back, Red Ryder?” as Teddy, a Vietnam veteran who holds the customers and staff in a 1970s New Mexico diner hostage? How did you prepare for it and how do you think your personal and professional experience helped you learn about the character?

I’m reading Teddy as a misanthrope, someone who’s seen the worst of the world and doesn’t know how to react accordingly. He either doesn’t care anymore, or has a desire to cause pain to the very system that enabled him. At the same time, he is able to get several characters to figure out their own values, so I’d argue there is something significant in that.

The role is very psychologically and physically challenging, but I love roles that are psychologically troubled. These characters often have more life experience due to the inconsistent and chaotic nature of their world.


What are your goals as an actor in our community and beyond? What kind of roles do you think would stretch you?

In terms of stretching myself? I’d love a chance to play a romantic lead in the near future, to try to see if I can succeed. I also would love to play characters that seem to have something missing in their lives. Essentially “man vs. society” and/or “man vs. self” roles, perhaps a combination of the two whenever possible. My goal is to find the balance between art and life, and find the time to enjoy both.

There’s a hidden beauty to art, and I’d love to try to find out what that means. It might help bring back some hope in this world that we seem to be missing nowadays. Basically, I want to explore the therapeutic, healing side of art. I’ve heard a saying: “As long as you have four things – an idea, an artist, a location, and an audience – then art will always survive.” I’ve always loved that saying.


What advice would you like to give for anyone looking to get involved in community theater, or for someone who wants to study acting professionally? Any other words of wisdom?


I’m going to paraphrase something I was told by a fellow actor, which is something I try to use both on stage and in life: “Don’t do the work looking for a reward.” Let it happen naturally, and let the work itself be rewarding. Knowing yourself is very important in life, and I’d argue especially in the arts.

Last Question: who would you like to give a shout out of thanks to for their support?

I’d like to thank my dad Dirk, stepmom Linda, and late mom Ruth for coming to so many shows and fostering my love for the arts; my brother Nick, sister Dinska, and stepbrother Chris because even if they can’t make my shows they always give me words of encouragement; the cast of Red Ryder for keeping me grounded during this production; Andi Dema, a great actor and great man who I am honored to call my best friend; and to Allison Moody, a professor I had for two semesters in college who I consider my mentor.

Interview conducted by Katelin Hope Vesely, MCCT


The historic Cafe Pizzaria is partnering with MCCT for this show.  We will set the stage in their back room with the authentic decor of times gone by. Cafe Pizzaria was the first to bring pizza to Bloomington in 1953, and is still housed in a building which lends itself well to the 1970s restaurant aesthetic in Red Ryder. This will be an immersive experience, with the audience sitting close as if also witness to the events taking place.

Cafe Pizzaria is located at 405 E. Kirkwood Ave.

When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?” is April 6-8 at 7pm. Mark your calendars and purchase tickets in advance through


When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder is Cast!

When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder is Cast!

We’ve cast our first show of 2018, When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder. Congratulations to all!

  • Stephen ‘Red’ Ryder – William Henry
  • Angel Childress – Lauren Rose
  • Tommy Clark – Jason Lopez
  • Lyle Striker – Cornelius M. Wright
  • Richard Etheridge – Bill Goveia
  • Clarice Etheridge  – Emily McGee
  • Teddy – Eric P. Van Gucht
  • Cheryl – Katelin Hope Vesely

Join us April 6-8 for our first show of the new season!

Show Description, adapted from Wikipedia:

The play takes place at Foster’s Diner, a slow New Mexico rest stop that lost most of its clientele when a new highway bypass opened. Employees include restless cook Stephen (nicknamed “Red Ryder“), mousy waitress Angel, and their no-nonsense boss Clark. Lyle, owner of the adjacent filling station, stops in on occasion to break the monotony with his cheery banter. The boring routine of the daily grind is disrupted with the arrival of two couples, the upscale Richard and Clarisse, and the younger and wilder Teddy, an unbalanced Vietnam War vet, and Cheryl, his hippie girlfriend.

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CAST ANNOUNCEMENT: Tom Stoppard’s Travesties

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT: Tom Stoppard’s Travesties

MCCT’s Winter 2017 show, Tom Stoppard’s Travesties has been cast!

Henry Carr (young): William A. Henry
Henry Carr (old): Roy Sillings
Cecily Carruthers (young): Gwen Livesay
Cecily Carruthers (old): Maryann Iaria
Gwendolen Carr: Emily McGee
Tristan Tzara: Jason Lopez
James Joyce: Dan Heise
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin: Steve Scott
Nadya Krupskaya (Lenini): Jennifer Whitaker
Bennett: Steve Heise

We hope you’ll join us for this absurdist comedy!

Performances will be held at Oddball Fermentables:
November 2nd, 8th, and 9th at 7pm!

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version)

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version)

MCCT’s 2017 Fall show: Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version) has been cast!

Florence Unger: Emily Bedwell
Olive Madison: Sarah Mae Ruggles
Mickey: Rebecca DeLong
Vera: Maria Bluck
Slyvie: Emma Hamilton
Renee: Catherine Sheldon
Manolo: Jim Floyd
Jesus: Jason Lopez

We’re excited to get this comedy on the road!

Performances will be held in the Rose Firebay at the Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center:
September 15th and 16th at 7pm
& September 17th at 3pm



The cast has been announced for MCCT’s Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It!

ORLANDO                   Devin May

ADAM                           Jeff Craft

OLIVER                        Jim Floyd

DENNIS                        Pip Chamberlain

CHARLES                    Parker Jones

CELIA                           Clare Mattsson

ROSALIND                   Tayler Fischer

TOUCHSTONE            Rene Llewellyn

LE BEAU                       Phillip Addison

FREDERICK                 Sarah Mae Ruggles

DUKE                            Richkard Saint-Victor

AMIENS                        Jason Lopez

1st LORD                       Dianne Shewmaker/Eric Van Gucht

2nd LORD                     Lili Westphal

CORIN                          Steve Scott

SILVIUS                        Brant Hughes

JAQUES                        Roy Sillings

AUDREY                       Nancie Eagan

SIR OLIVER                  Pip Chamberlain

PHEBE                          Yolanda Valdivia

LORD                             Nic Newby

LORDS                           Chorus

WILLIAM                       Eric Van Gucht

1st PAGE                        Veronica Piurek

2nd PAGE                      William Whitaker

HYMEN                          Katelin Hope Vesely

JAQUES DE BOYS       Lili Westphal