The Blood Wedding

Event Date

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm to Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 2:00pm

Blood Wedding

By Federico García Lorca
Directed by Denise Myers


A love triangle threatens the union of two barren families. Illuminated by the Moon and tracked by Death, surging passions and rebellion are exposed in this classic Spanish drama. Will the bindings of fate be cut by love or by a tiny knife?


  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Friday, May 6, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 7, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 8, 2016 2:00 PM


  • Albert Taylor Theatre



Lexis Danca

Senior BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Lexis was most recently seen as a member of the Resident Company at Music Theatre Wichita. She has also appeared on the Millikin Mainstage in The Addams Family (Morticia Addams), The World Goes ‘Round (Woman/Dance Captain); Peter Pan (Tiger Lily); Legally Blonde (Greek Chorus/Vivienne u/s); Cinderella (Female Swing), Machinal (Female Swing), and String. Additional credits include: a workshop of Salzman and Cunningham’s The Legend of New York, An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Featured Vocalist), The Nutcracker Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy), Judith Svalander Dance Theater, Thodos Dance Residency, and the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Featured Float Singer/Dancer).



Heather Ashley Banks

Junior BFA Musical Theatre                           

San Diego, California

Credits include: The World Goes ‘Round (Ensemble), An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Soloist), Peter Pan (Slightly Soiled, Peter Pan Understudy), and String (Ensemble, Clotho Understudy) on the Millikin Mainstage; The King and I (Princess Ying Yao Luc) with The Lyric Opera; Fiddler On the Roof (Bielke) and Gypsy (Balloon Girl, Baby June Understudy) with The Welk Resort Theatre; Evita (School Child) with Broadway San Diego Civic Theatre; and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) and Beauty and the Beast (Belle) with Christian Youth Theatre.



Ashleigh Marie Martens

Sophomore BFA Acting

Victoria, British Columbia

Ashleigh Marie Martens has most recently appeared in the Millikin New Musicals program as Alex in The Stage With Blood and as an ensemble member in The White Rose and Pirandello.  She has also appeared as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and as Clytemnestra in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon at Glenlyon Norfolk School. Additional credits include Gypsy and Broadway: Decades in Revue (Victoria Operatic Society). This is Ashleigh’s Millikin Mainstage debut.



Alexis DeSollar

Senior BFA Acting, English Writing Minor                           

Beardstown, Illinois

Alexis has most recently been involved in the Millikin Mainstage productions of Rough Magic (Sasia), The Ladies Man (Madame Aigrevielle), Measure for Measure (Swing), and Macbeth (Swing). In addition, she has trained with Kari Margolis during multiple winter residencies at Millikin.



Trinity Thomas

Junior BFA Acting

Castle Rock, Colorado

Trinity's past credits include The World Goes 'Round and The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks at Millikin University; and [title of show] and Jersey Shore: The Musical at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre.



Alyssa Soto

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

West Des Moines, Iowa

Alyssa recently performed as Professor Huber in The White Rose was a featured vocalist in An Evening With Andrew Lippa (Millikin New Musicals Workshop Series). She also performed as Mom in The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks (Millikin Children’s Show). Other credits include Footloose, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Antigone.



Ryan Reid Hickey

Senior BFA Acting

Galesburg, IL

Credits include Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, Gangster in The Drowsy Chaperone, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, Flavius/Lucilius in Julius Caesar, Oliver in As You Like It, and Dickie in The Fox on the Fairway (Festival 56); Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Prince Phillip in The Lion in Winter (Moon of Hope Studio Theatre); Old Man in The Legend of New York (Millikin New Musical Workshop Series); and King Duncan in Macbeth, Husband/Judge in Machinal, Tartuffe in Tartuffe, a swing and Warner understudy in Legally Blonde, and Caliban in Rough Magic (Millikin Mainstage).



Joshua Miller

Sophomore BA Theatre                           

Chicago, Illinois

Joshua Miller has most recently appeared in The World Goes ‘Round and Measure for Measure (Millikin Mainstage).



Benjamin Brawner

Sophomore BFA Acting, English Writing Minor

Oswego, Illinois

Credits include Shrek: The Musical, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and An Enemy of the People with Limelight Theatre Company; and Measure for Measure and Rough Magic on the Millikin Mainstage.



Andrew Cliatt

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre                           

Quincy, Illinois

Andrew has most recently been seen in the Millikin Mainstage production of The Addams Family as Lucas Beineke.  Andrew has also been seen at Quincy Community Theatre in Seussical, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twelfth Night, and Peter Pan.



Darius Lee

Sophomore, BFA Musical Theatre

Nashville, Tennessee

Darius Lee was last seen on the Millikin Mainstage in The Addams Family. At the Nashville Children's Theatre, Darius was seen in Avenue Q, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Godspell. Additional credits include: Urinetown (Governor's School) and A Raisin in the Sun (Nashville School of the Arts).



Jacob Livingston

Sophomore BFA Acting                           

Batavia, Illinois

Jacob’s credits include: Peter Pan (Swing), The Ladies Man (Aubin), and The Addams Family (Assistant Stage Manager) on the Millikin Mainstage, and the Millikin Children's Show Umbrella Escapades (Actor).



Jake Wagner

Junior BFA Acting

Dallas, Texas

Credits include: Fiddler on the Roof, Wizard of Oz, and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Dallas Young Artists; On Stars Not Falling with Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre; The White Rose and The Stage With Blood with Millikin’s New Musical Workshop Series; and Tartuffe and The Whipping Man on the Millikin Mainstage.



Taylor McWilliams-Woods

Sophomore BFA Acting, Dance Minor                           

Kent, Ohio

Credits include: the Millikin Children’s Show Umbrella Escapades as the Teal Umbrella; the female swing in [title of show] and the Storyteller in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Regional credits include Hairspray (Brenda) at the Porthouse Theatre; and other credits include 1776 (John Adams), Seussical (JoJo), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Naphtali's Wife).



Jazmine Tamayo

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Antioch, Illinois

Credits include: Umbrella Escapades (Millikin University Children’s Show); American Theater through Dance and Song, The Miser, A Chorus Line, Young Frankenstein, and working with College of Lake County.



Alexandra Johnson

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor                           

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alexandra Johnson - Credits include The Addams Family and The Ladies Man (Millikin Mainstage); A Christmas Carol (Actor’s Theater of Minnesota); I Like Me and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Stages Theatre Company); Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Rosemary in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Benilde-St. Margaret’s School). Representation includes Moore Creative Talent, NUTS Ltd, and Wehmann Models and Talent.



Hannah Williams

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Hannah Williams recently appeared in The White Rose, The Stage with Blood, and Pirandello as a part of Millikin University’s New Musicals Workshop Series. On the Millikin Mainstage, Hannah has been seen in The Ladies Man and Measure for Measure. Other credits include: Pass Over (Staged Reading, Millikin University); Into the Woods, Legally Blonde, and Little Women (Clayton Center for the Arts); and Pippin, Les Miserables, and The Mikado (Stagedoor Manor).



Genevieve Breitbach

Junior BFA Acting, International Studies Minor

Viroqua, Wisconsin

Credits include: Sirens, Post Wave Spectacular, The Whore of Mensa, Felicity in Why Torture is Wrong, and The People That Love Them with the Fortney Underground Theatre; Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma! with Viroqua Community Theatre; Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Little Shop of Horrors with Youth Initiative High School; and debuted as Stanley in the children’s show The Plant in The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks with Millikin University.



Meghan Bryan

Junior BFA Acting, Dance Minor

Ashburn, Virginia

Meghan Bryan was most recently seen on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, while studying abroad in London, as Isabella in Measure for Measure. Millikin credits include the Kangaroo in Peter Pan (Mainstage) and Patty Jenkins/Camera Man in The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Children’s Show). She was also seen as Storyteller Understudy/Ensemble member in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Kali in On Stars Not Falling (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre). Other theatre credits include being the Assistant Stage Manager for The American Shakespeare Center’s production of Hamlet.



Nathaniel D. Lee

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre                           

Winfield, Kansas

Credits include: Ensemble in The Addams Family (Millikin Mainstage); Lucas in The Addams Family, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, and Willy Wonka (Southwestern College Summer Theatre); the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker (Edge Performing Arts Center); White Christmas, Fiddler of the Roof, Oh What a Lovely War, and A Bold Stroke for a Wife (Winfield High School); and Spamalot, Rent, and Children Of Eden (Southwestern College Main Stage).


Production Team


Denise Myers


Professor of Theatre

Millikin University

Denise Myers holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previous directing credits include Machinal and The Ladies Man.



Allie Wilson

Scenic Design

Junior BFA Design & Production

Sherman, Illinois

Credits include: Assistant Scenic Designer for The Ladies Man; Props Master for The Addams Family, The Ladies Man, and The Whipping Man; Paint Charge for Rough Magic; and Wardrobe Supervisor for Little Shop of Horrors and Measure for Measure (Millikin University).



Jana Henry             

Co-Costume Design

Associate Professor of Theatre

Costume Design

Millikin University

Jana is Associate Professor/Costume Director for the Department of Theatre & Dance. Selected professional credits include costume work for Universal Pictures, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Kansas City Ballet, The Station Theatre, and The Little Theatre on the Square. Jana earned her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She has been designing for Millikin since 1999.



Amy Veronin             

Co-Costume Design

Costume Shop Supervisor

Millikin University

Amy Veronin became the Costume Shop Supervisor at Millikin University in the Fall of 2015. In the past, Amy worked as a stitcher at the Little Theatre on the Square and at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She was an assistant costume designer to Janet Swenson for the 2014 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts. Amy also worked as a stitcher in the costume shop during her time at Brigham Young University, where she received her BA in Theatre Arts Studies.



Therese O’Shaughnessy

Lighting Design

Senior BFA Design & Production

Oswego, Illinois

Solstice: A Concert of Dance (2013) was Therese’s first lighting design and it inspired her love for the art form. Last semester, Therese worked as the Master Electrician to Millikin's Production of The Addams Family and the Master Electrician/Designer of a devised children's theatre piece, Umbrella Escapades. Earlier this semester, she was the Master Electrician for the Millikin Opera, The Magic Pinafore.



Sydney Hunt

Sound Design

Sophomore BFA Design and Production

Rockford, Illinois

Credits include: Assistant Stage Manager for Measure For Measure and The World Goes 'Round, Assistant Lighting Designer for The Addams Family, and Props Master for The Magic Pinafore (Millikin Mainstage).



Jenna Mondry

Stage Manager

Junior BFA Stage Management, History Minor

Tinley Park, Illinois

Jenna’s Millikin Mainstage credits include Solstice: A Concert of Dance, Legally Blonde, and The Whipping Man (Assistant Stage Manager) and Measure for Measure (Stage Manager). Additional credits include The Last 5 Years (Last Chance Theatre); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); FOUND (James Millikin Scholars); and In the Heights (Governor’s State University).



Genesis Brito-Perez

Assistant Stage Manager

Freshman BFA Stage Management

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Past credits include – The Magic Pinafore (Assistant Stage Manager) and The Addams Family (Assistant Stage Manager) at Millikin University; Time Stands Still (Life Director), The Little Mermaid (Ensemble), A Piece Of My Heart (Stage Manager), Tarzan (Ensemble), Shrek The Musical (Assistant Stage Manager), Hello! My Baby (Stage Manager), and In The Heights (Camila Rosario).



Bridegroom Ryan Reid Hickey
Mother Lexis Danca
Neighbor Genevieve Breitbach
Wife Alexis DeSollar
Mother-in-Law Trinity Thomas
Leonardo Joshua Miller
Servant Alyssa Soto
Father Benjamin Brawner
Bride Heather Ashley Banks
Moon Andrew Cliatt
Beggar Woman Ashleigh Marie Martens
Woodcutters Darius Lee
  Jacob Livingston
  Jake Wagner
Girls Taylor McWilliams-Woods
  Jazmine Tamayo
Women's Ensemble Alexandra Johnson
  Hannah Williams
  Genevieve Breitbach
Swings Meghan Bryan
  Nathaniel D. Lee



Guitar Dr. David Burdick
Guitar Manley Mallard