miss me

Miss Me

By Paul Shoulberg

When a mismatched gang of misfits—including a budding entrepreneur, an overfeeling empath, the daughter of a local politician, and three hired guns off the “dark web”—plan to rob a frat house, things get quickly out of hand in this world premiere dramatic comedy by award-winning filmmaker Paul Shoulberg written specifically to the talents of Millikin’s students.

Performance Info

Thursday, May 9 @7:30pm
Friday, May 10 @7:30pm
Saturday, May 11 @2:00 pm & 7:30pm

@ Albert Taylor Theatre

Ticket Info

Single ticket prices: $12-14
Children's Tickets- $10 (available by phone or in person only)
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Event Date

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:30pm to Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 7:30pm

Gary.............Emily Brandt

Liz...............Elizabeth King

Joelle...........Nicole Cushman

Will.............Noah Villarreal

Deven.........Connor Mendenhall

Mo...............Mary Heyl

Mickey........Will Koski

Cooper........Tanner Hake

Claudia.......Taylor Porter

Hazel..........Chloe Hayes

Swing.........Maura Fawley, Joshua Ludens, Michael Santos, Ruth Zielke

emily brandt

Emily Brandt, Gary

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Appleton, Wisconsin

Emily spent this past summer playing Sophie in Mamma Mia! at The Legacy Theatre in Springfield, IL. In the fall of 2018 she was seen as a nun at Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Sister Act and also in Millikin’s Mainstage production of Wintertime by Charles Mee as Ariel. Additional credits include: Grease (Rizzo), West Side Story (Anybodys), and Next to Normal (Natalie).


elizabeth king

Elizabeth King, Liz

Junior BFA Acting

Bloomington, Illinois

Elizabeth is thrilled to be making her second appearance on the Millikin stage! She was last seen in Wintertime. She also appeared at the 2016 Illinois High School Theatre Festival as Catherine in These Shining Lives. She is eternally grateful to the faculty at Millikin and to her supportive family!


nicole cushman

Nicole Cushman, Joelle

Junior BA Theatre, Dance minor

Middleton, Wisconsin

Nicole Cushman is so excited to be back on the Millikin stage! She has most recently appeared in her Mainstage debut in the devised children’s show, A Dragon Photobombed My Selfie (ensemble) at Millikin University. She also recently appeared in Oregon Straw Hat Players’ production of Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde). Previous credits include Upstart Crows’ production of Inherit the Wind (Rachel Brown) and Verona Area Community Theatre’s Bring It On: the Musical (Truman cheerleader).


noah villarreal

Noah Villarreal, Will

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Austin, Texas

Noah Villarreal is excited to be closing off his Millikin career on the Mainstage once more! He has been seen in past Mainstage productions of Nice Work If You Can Get It, Heathers: The Musical, and 9 to 5: The Musical. Noah would like to thank his best friends, his fraternity brothers, and his family for supporting him these past 4 years at Millikin.


connor mendenhall

Connor Mendenhall, Deven

Sophomore BFA Acting

Platte City, Missouri

Connor Mendenhall- Film: One Night (Walter Bros. Pictures) Theatre: Carrie: The Musical, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, and Strangest Things! The Musical (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Western Playhouse); Gomez Addams in The Addams Family (Kansas City Cappies).


mary heyl

Mary Heyl, Mo

Senior BFA Acting, Dance minor

St. Louis, Missouri

Mary is excited to be back on the Millikin stage for her final semester. She was last seen this fall as Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other favorite credits include Unlatched at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre and as the co president of Millikin’s improv troupe, Math Club. She would like to thank SOTAD, family and friends, and God for all the support and opportunities.


will koski

Will Koski, Mickey

Sophmore BFA Acting, Dance minor

Bloomington/Normal, Illinois

Will Koski - Credits include Monsignor O'Hara in Sister Act and Vocal Ensemble in The Phantom of the Opera (Millikin Mainstage); and Tobias in Sweeney Todd (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival).


tanner hake

Tanner Hake, Cooper

Junior BFA Acting

Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Tanner made his professional debut in The Bridges of Madison County playing Michael Johnson at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago. He has also been seen in Millikin University’s Production of Julius Caesar (Portia), 9 to 5: The Musical (Dwayne), Heathers: The Musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It (Jimmy Winters) and The Wall (Man).


taylor porter

Taylor Porter, Claudia

Junior BFA Acting, Dance minor

Galesburg, Illinois

Taylor K. Porter is making her Millikin Mainstage debut. She has toured the country with Missoula Children's Theatre and has recently appeared in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre's productions of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now as Bette and Unlatched. Other credits include Emily Webb in Our Town, Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma!, and Guys and Dolls (Prairie Players Theatre).


chloe hayes

Chloe Hayes, Hazel

First-year BFA Musical Theatre

Brazil, Indiana

Chloe Hayes- Previous credits include playing Wednesday in The Addams Family and the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at two community theatres in her Indiana hometown. Her most recent credit was with Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre when she played Carrie in Carrie.


maura fawley

Maura Fawley, Swing

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Carbondale, Colorado

Maura Fawley- Recently seen in Strangest Things: The Musical as ‘Eleven’ (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre). Credits include Beauty and The Beast (ACT Theater); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Shrek (Theatre Aspen School); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, How to Succeed... and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Sol Theater); Sound of Music and White Christmas (JGP Theater).


joshua ludens

Joshua Ludens, Swing

First-year BFA Musical Theatre

Oostburg, Wisconsin

Joshua Ludens- Credits include Pit Singer in Sister Act (Millikin University); Donkey in Shrek The Musical and Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Theatre for Young Audiences Sheboygan); The Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Ren in Footloose, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Foreman in Twelve Angry Men, and Jimmy/Lendall in Almost, Maine (Oostburg High School Drama Department); and Millstreet Live (Plymouth Arts Center).


michael santos

Michael Santos, Swing

Sophomore BFA Acting, Music minor

Elmwood Park, Illinois

Michael Santos loves being a student here at Millikin University, and he's very excited to be part of this production! This is Michael's first Mainstage production at Millikin. His former experience includes (Swing) Strangest Things the Musical and (Ensemble) Carrie the Musical at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. His previous roles in community theatre include (Beadle Hanford) Sweeney Todd, (Adam/Ensemble) Children of Eden, and (Cinderella's Prince) Into the Woods at The Stahl Family Theatre.


ruth zielke

Ruth Zielke, Swing

First-year BFA Acting, Music minor

Champaign, Illinois

Ruth is very excited to be making her Millikin Mainstage debut and her debut as a swing all at once alongside this excellent cast and crew. Her previous roles include Jo (Little Women), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), Fiona (Shrek the Musical), Nancy (Oliver!), and the Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods). She is so grateful to Paul for writing such a relevant and powerful play and allowing her to be a part of the exciting process of staging it!

tom robson

Tom Robson, Director

Associate Professor

Millikin University

Tom Robson is an Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance, teaching courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, directing, and playwriting. He holds a Ph.D. in theatre history, theory, and literature from Indiana University. Previous Millikin directing credits include Heathers: The Musical, Buyer and Cellar, Rough Magic, The Whipping Man, The Little Dog Laughed, the world premiere of Cracker for Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, and staged readings of for colored girls who have considered suicide and PASS OVER. He has worked with professional companies including Writers’ Theatre, Timeline Theatre Company, Apple Tree Theatre Company, the Phoenix Theatre, and the Bloomington Playwrights’ Project.


al joritz

Al Joritz, Asst. Director

Junior BA Theatre, Psychology

Oak Forest, Illinois

Previous directing works include Bug (Director, Sound Designer (Independent Production)), and LIZZIE (Asst. Dir & Asst. Music Dir. (PDST)). Along with directing, Al also has worked as a props master (Carrie and Strangest Things!: The Musical (PDST)). He is currently working on writing a verbatim play about the life of SAE House Mother Nancy Olsen (his JMS project). He is very excited to finally share this story with the world! Have fun you guys!


kaylee wyrostek

Kaylee Wyrostek, Scenic Design

Senior BFA Design and Production

Marengo, Illinois

Scenic Designer, Intimate Apparel; Scenic Designer, Carrie: The Musical; Assistant Scenic Designer, Sister Act; Assistant Scenic Designer, Heathers: The Musical; Paint Charge, Phantom of the Opera; Paint Charge, HEADSHOT!; Assistant Paint Charge, Nice Work If You Can Get It; Props Master, 9 to 5: The Musical; Props Master, The Wolves; Hair and Makeup, Julius Caesar


jana henry

Jana Henry, Costume Design

Associate Professor

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.


alaina pizzoferrato

Alaina Pizzoferrato, Lighting Design

Junior BFA Design and Production

Lemont, Illinois

This is Alaina’s first time working on a world premiere play, and she is very excited to be the Lighting Designer for Miss Me. This semester, she had the opportunity to be the Master Electrician for The Wolves. This year, she worked on Carrie: the Musical for Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre as the Lighting Designer, Julius Caesar as the Assistant Technical Director, and Master Electrician for Sister Act for Millikin University. Last summer she worked for The Summer Place Theatre and Drury Lane Theatre. This summer she will be working as an electrician for Contemporary American Theatre Festival.


matt albrecht

Matt Albrecht, Sound Design

Associate Professor

Millikin University

Matt has had the opportunity to work in theaters across the United States. Some of his design highlights include The Greeks (Madison Repertory Theatre), The Water Engine (University Theatre), Into the Woods (Houston's Center Stage Theatre), The Temperamentals (Celebration Theatre), and Annie (Madison Theatre Guild). Matt has also had the opportunity to work with Peninsula Players in Door County, WI. Matt would like to thank the cast and crew for all of their hard work. 


elie simon

Elie Simon, Stage Manager

Sophomore BFA Stage Management

Overland Park, Kansas

Asst. Stage Manager for Sister Act, Stage Manager for Beauty and the Beast with the Decatur Parks District.


diana juarez

Diana Juarez, Asst. Stage Manager

Junior BFA Stage Management, BA Spanish

Chicago, Illinois

Diana Juarez is very delighted to have worked with the amazing cast and company of Miss Me at Millikin University. Previous Management Credits include The Wolves at Millikin University, Carrie: The Musical at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, Intimate Apparel at Millikin University, and Heathers: The Musical at Millikin University. Juarez also works as the Assistant Production Manager for the School of Theatre and Dance.