Event Date

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30pm to Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 7:30pm

Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Book by Joe DiPietro

On the eve of his fourth marriage, millionaire playboy, Jimmy Winter encounters a lady bootlegger named Billie Bendix who sets his world on its ear. Originally starring TONY Award winners, Matthew Broderick and Kelly O’hara, this uproarious new musical features a lavish score of Gershwin favorites.


  • Friday, November 11, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016 2:00 PM

Tickets $14-$20

Rated PG


  • Kirkland Fine Arts Center

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Jimmy Winter...........................Tanner J. Hake

Billie Bendix............................Heather Ashley Banks

Cookie McGee.......................Chris Cunningham

Duke Mahoney.......................Trey DeLuna

Eileen Evergreen.....................Cassandra Brooks

Senator Max Evergreen...........Jacob Livingston

Duchess Estonia Dulworth.......Lydia Burke

Jeannie Muldoon.....................Grace Ruddell

Chief Barry..............................Noah Villarreal

Millicent Winter........................Alyssa Soto

Ensemble.................................Alli Atkenson, Nicole Barth, Anna Brockman,

                                               Kelly Cunningham, Abigail Gawart, Julia Whitcomb,

                                               Levi Ehrmantraut, Cortez Emerson,

                                               Nathaniel  D. Lee, Jacob Melssen, Daniel Nieves,

                                               Fabricio Seraphin

Swings....................................Nicole Chamberlain, Emily Long, Emilio Canals,

                                                Colby Jones

Artist Bio's

Tanner J. Hake

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre

Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Tanner Hake has recently appeared in multiple shows including: Aida, The Addams Family, Beauty & the Beast, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and Little Women at Kaukauna High School. He also been seen in Kaukauna Community Players Production of Bye Bye Birdie and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; and most recently The Cole Porter Revue with Attic Theatre. This is his Millikin Mainstage debut.


Heather Ashley Banks

Senior BFA Musical Theatre                           

San Diego, California

Credits Include: Blood Wedding (Bride), The World Goes 'Round (Ensemble), An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Soloist), Peter Pan (Slightly Soiled, Peter Pan Cover), and Adam Gwon Sara Hammond: String (Ensemble, Clotho Cover) at Millikin University. The King and I (Princess Ying Yao Luc) with The Lyric Opera; Fiddler On the Roof (Bielke) with The Welk Resort Theatre; Evita (School Child) with Broadway San Diego Civic Theatre; Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), and Beauty and the Beast (Belle) with Christian Youth Theatre.


Chris Cunningham

Sophomore BA Theatre

Cary, Illinois

Chris was most recently seen in the ensemble and Teddy’s understudy in Pipe Dreams Studio Theater’s production of A Nightmare on Backstreet. Other credits include Gabe in Next To Normal (Elgin Summer Theater), Prep in Columbinus (McHenry County College Theater), The Delivery Boy in A Streetcar Named Desire and an understudy in the Midwest Premiere of Hands on a Hardbody (Williams Street Repertory).


Trey DeLuna

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre                           

Munster, Indiana

Credits include Prince Christopher in Cinderella, Mike LeFevre in the musical Working, and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame with the Munster High School Theatre Company. He also appeared in their productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Beauty and the Beast.


Cassandra Brooks

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Johnson City, Tennessee

Cassandra is making her Millikin Mainstage debut. Most recently she appeared in Mary Poppins and The Pajama Game at Lees McRae Summer Theatre. Prior to that Cassandra was seen in Barter Theatre’s production of Evita. Her additional credits include Judy Hayes in White Christmas (Johnson City Community Theatre), Jemima in CATS (Appalachian Regional Theatrical Society), and Cinderella in Into the Woods (University High School).


Jacob Livingston

Junior BFA Acting                           

Batavia, Illinois

Jacob’s credits include: Blood Wedding (Woodcutter), 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).


Lydia Burke

Senior BFA Musical Theatre and Spanish

Indianapolis, Indiana

Credits include Chorus in Oedipus Rex and Dynamite in Hairspray (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre); Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot (Phoenix Theatre, Inc.); Chiffon the Urchin in Little Shop of Horrors, Melanie Porter in Rough Magic, Mariana in Measure for Measure, and a swing for Legally Blonde (Millikin Mainstage); Angelique Washington in Pass Over (Millikin staged reading); Hairspray (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra); Anita in West Side Story, Judy in A Chorus Line, Hairspray, and Ragtime (Summer Stock Stage).


Grace Ruddell

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor         

Zionsville, Indiana

Grace Ruddell recently appeared in Nice Work If You Can Get It as Eileen Evergreen at The Muni. At Theatre 7, Grace was seen as Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q. Grace was also seen as Penny in Hairspray and Kira in Xanadu at Footlite Musicals. Additionally, she was Fiona in Shrek the Musical at Anderson Mainstage Theatre.


Noah Villarreal

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Austin, Texas

Noah Villarreal was recently seen in Summer Stock Austin's production of The Addams Family as Mal. Last year he was seen in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre's production of A Nightmare on Backstreet as part of the dance ensemble.


Alyssa Soto

Senior BFA Musical Theatre                           

West Des Moines, Iowa

Alyssa was most recently seen as Servant in Millikin’s Mainstage production of Blood Wedding. Other Millikin credits include The White Rose (Professor Huber) and An Evening with Andrew Lippa (Featured Vocalist) through the New Musicals Workshop, and the Millikin Children’s Show The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks (Mom). Additional credits include Footloose, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Antigone.


Alli Atkenson

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Palos Park, Illinois

Alli Atkenson most recently appeared as Grandma in The Addams Family (Millikin Mainstage) and as a performer in Millikin’s New Musicals Immersion in January of 2016. This past summer,  Alli performed with West Virginia Public Theatre in their production of A Grand Night for Singing as Victoria. Her most recent credits include: Heidi in [title of show] (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); an Ensemble member for In the Heights (Governor State University); Jo in Little Women, Lucy in 13 The Musical (Stagg Theatre); and the Lead Teen Girl in Memphis (Illinois All State Theatre).


Nicole Barth

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre                           

Morton, Illinois

Nicole Barth is thrilled to be making her Millikin Mainstage Debut. Nicole recently appeared in Eastlight Theatre’s production of Big Fish. At Cornstock Theatre, Nicole was seen in Singin’ in the Rain, Footloose, Anything Goes, and Funny Girl. Additional credits include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Eastlight Theatre) and Pinky Tuscadero in Happy Days: The Musical (Morton High School).


Anna Brockman

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Credits include: Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone and Agnes in Gypsy (Festival 56); Alma Hix in The Music Man and US Kim/Ensemble in Miss Saigon (Western Playhouse); Curly in Peter Pan (Millikin Mainstage); Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Eponine in Les Miserables (Central Theatre); and RENT, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Seussical, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Robidoux Resident Theatre).


Kelly Cunningham

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre                           

Cary, Illinois

This is Kelly’s second show at Millikin University. She was recently seen in The Addams Family as an ancestor. Other roles include Erma in Anything Goes and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. She was an ensemble and featured dancer in Hairspray, Urinetown, Jesus Christ Superstar, and 9 to 5


Abigail Gawart

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre

St. Louis, Missouri

Abigail is delighted to be making her Millikin Mainstage debut. Abigail has worked closely with the St. Louis Muny and has been a part of 8 productions, including Into the Woods, where she portrayed the role of Snow White. Abigail is a former member of The Muny’s touring troupes and was most recently seen in the ensemble of last summer's production of Fiddler on the Roof. Abigail has also performed on the Andrew Lloyd Webber cabaret tour of Terry Barber, former member of the Grammy earning group Chanticleer. Other credits include Morticia in The Addams Family and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Christian Brothers College. 


Julia Whitcomb

Junior BFA Musical Theatre                           

Belvidere, Illinois

Over the summer, Julia worked professionally at Hope Summer Repertory Theater in Holland, Michigan playing Little Inez in Hairspray and Thing 1 in The Cat in the Hat. Other roles include Fantine in Les Miserables, Lorraine in All Shook Up, Babette in Beauty and the Beast, The Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, and a disciple in Godspell. Julia has been a swing in both the Millikin Mainstage production of Rough Magic and a swing in Pipe Dream Studio Theatre’s production of Venus in Fur. In 2014, Julia had the great honor of making her Broadway debut at the Minskoff theater in New York City as a finalist in The National Musical Theater Awards, aka, “The Jimmy’s”. Julia would like to thank God for all the he does and all that he is. Proverbs 3:5-6.


Levi Ehrmantraut

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Bismarck, North Dakota

Levi Ehrmantraut is making his Millikin Mainstage debut. During his time at Millikin, he appeared in the ensemble of A Nightmare on Backstreet and was the male swing in What I Didn't Learn In College at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Other notable roles include Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, Bert in Mary Poppins, and Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical.


Cortez Emerson

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre

Hannibal, Missouri

Cortez Emerson appeared in the Hannibal High School Theatre Group’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, and as Seaweed in Hairspray. At the Hannibal Lagrange Theatre, he appeared as Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain and as Aladdin in Aladdin. This is his Millikin Mainstage debut.


Nathaniel D. Lee

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Winfield, Kansas

Nathaniel was most recently seen as Seaweed in Hairspray at Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival. He has also appeared on the Millikin Mainstage in Blood Wedding (Male Swing), The Addams Family (Male Ancestor), and Solstice: A Concert of Dance. Additional credits include: The Addams Family (Lucas), The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), and Willy Wonka (The Candy Man) at Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival; Spamalot, RENT, and Children Of Eden on the Southwestern College Mainstage; The Nutcracker (Nutcracker) with the Edge Performing Arts Center; and White Christmas, Fiddler of the Roof, Oh What a Lovely War, and A Bold Stroke for a Wife at Winfield High School.


Jacob Melssen

Junior BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor                

Dubuque, Iowa

Jacob Melssen has appeared on the Millikin Mainstage in The World Goes ‘Round, Peter Pan, and Rough Magic. This summer, he made his professional debut at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan IL, where he was seen in Shrek The Musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Chicago, All Shook Up, and Sister Act. Additional Credits include: The Music Man, Tarzan, Xanadu, and Hairspray (Rising Star Theatre Company); and Cabaret (The Grand Opera House of Dubuque).


Daniel Nieves

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre

Chicago, Illinois

Daniel Nieves - Previous credits include The Music Man (Marcellus), Spamalot (Sir Robin), Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio) and Oliver! (Oliver) at the Stahl Family Theatre. This is his Millikin Mainstage debut.


Fabricio Seraphin

Senior BA Theatre, Dance Minor                           

Delray Beach, Florida

Fabricio Seraphin - Credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Solstice: A Concert of Dance, Peter Pan, and Equinox: A Concert of Dance (Millikin Mainstage); Guys and Dolls, A Raisin in the Sun, Metamorphosis Dance Concert (A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts); Circus performer/Dancer (South Florida Circus School).


Nicole Chamberlain

Junior BA Theatre, Dance Minor

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Nicole was most recently seen in Up and Coming Theatre's Production of Heathers: The Musical as a cheerleader and student ensemble member. Other credits include dancing in Millikin University's production of Solstice: A Concert of Dance; and an ensemble member in Christian Youth Theatre’s production of Godspell.


Emily Long

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre                           

Decatur, Illinois

Emily Long- Credits include: Wizard of Oz, Princess and the Pea, Shrek the Musical, James and the Giant Peach, and Sister Act (Little Theater on the Square); Annie Get Your Gun, Shrek Jr., and Beauty and the Beast (Warrensburg-Latham High School); and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Wizard of Oz, and Zombie Prom (Decatur Parks District).


Emilio Canals

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

Centreville, Virginia

Emilio Canals was most recently a swing in the Millikin Mainstage production of The Addams Family. Previous credits include Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast), Jimmy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), CATS, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol, and Alice in Wonderland. He would like to thank Andrea Heininge, Michael Replogle, and Brian Collier for all of their lessons and support.


Colby Jones

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre                            

Lovilia, Iowa

Colby Jones – Credits include Little Shop of Horrors (u/s Seymour) on the Millikin Mainstage; Rock of Ages (Joey Primo, u/s Drew) at the Des Moines Playhouse; A Nightmare on Backstreet (Depp) at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre; The Phantom of the Opera (Piangi), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), and Grease (Danny Zuko) at Knoxville High School; and Suessical the Musical (The Cat in the Hat) with the Union Street Players.


Production Team


Sean T. Morrissey


Artist in Residence - Millikin University

Sean has been the Director of Dance at Millikin since 1999.  He was the recipient of the Times Newspaper’s Outstanding Choreography award for his work on the Porthouse Theatre production of Dames at Sea and the Connecticut Critics Circle Best Choreographer Award for his work on the Candlewood Playhouse production of West Side Story. He earned critical acclaim for his direction of the Porthouse Theatre production of A Little Night Music. As a director/choreographer, Sean’s work includes Lucky StiffSweet CharityMe and My GirlNo No NanetteSugarDamn YankeesGuys and DollsMy Favorite YearKiss Me KateDrowsy ChaperoneThe World Goes 'Round, and Grand Hotel. Other choreography credits include CarouselThe Merry WidowBrigadoonPippinPump Boys and Dinettes, and Cabaret. In addition to musicals, Sean has choreographed 21 concert works for the Millikin stage. As a performer, Sean appeared in the original Broadway cast of the Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens production of A Christmas Carol featuring choreography by Tony Award winner, Susan Stroman, the European tour of 42nd Street, the Vienna company of West Side Story, the Asian tour of South Pacific, and regional productions of CabaretMe and My GirlBig RiverAnything GoesSingin’ In the Rain, Oklahoma!, and Gypsy. Sean is a graduate of Syracuse University and a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).



Mary M. Black

Scenic Design

Associate Professor of Theatre

Director of Theatre and Dance - Millikin University

Mary Black is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Millikin University and is the Director of the School of Theatre and Dance. Recent Millikin credits include Lighting Design for Rough Magic, Scenic Designer and Technical Director for The Magic Pinafore, Peter PanThe Ladies Man, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and String. Previous design credits include RENT and Hamlet for the Station Theatre and several productions for the Decatur Park District Best of Summer Stock program.  Previous technical credits include work for Indiana University’s Opera and Theatre programs, Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre, Brown County Playhouse, and University of Iowa’s Opera and Theatre programs. Mary earned her MFA in Technical Theatre from Indiana University.


Jana Henry

Costume Design

Associate Professor of Theatre

Costume Director - 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.


Matt Albrecht

Lighting Design

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Lighting Design - Millikin University

Matt Albrecht is a lighting designer from Madison, WI. 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. 


Sean Deener

Sound Design

Assistant Technical Director

In-House Sound Design Engineer

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

This is Sean’s first year sound designing with the SOTAD at Millikin. He currently is and has been the Assistant Technical Director and in house sound engineer at Kirkland Fine Arts Center since August of 2013, and is happy to be a part of the Nice Work If You Can Get It production at KFAC. Before becoming ATD at Kirkland, some of his previous work included freelance designing sound and lights for various local theaters and schools in central Illinois. In the summer of 2012 and 2013, he was sound designer and engineer at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, IL, working on shows such as GreaseSeven Brides for Seven BrothersPirates of Penzance9 to 5Anything GoesMonty Python’s Spamalot, and many others. Lately, aside from shows at KFAC, he has been part of Gerhard Sound and Lighting, providing for local corporate events, local bands, and the Juvae Jazz Society’s annual Central Illinois Jazz Festival. “I would like to thank the School of Theatre and Dance for asking me to be a part of this show, and I hope everyone enjoys it!”


Andie Burns

Stage Manager

Junior BFA Stage Management, Communication Minor

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Recent credits include - Stage Manager for Solstice: A Concert of Dance this coming winter and Rough Magic (Millikin Mainstage), Assistant Stage Manager for Acis and Galatea, Equinox: A Concert of Dance (2015), and Solstice: A Concert of Dance (2015) (Millikin Mainstage); Stage Manager for The Last Smoker in America and Assistant Stage Manager for [title of show] and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre; Andie also serves as the Production Manager of Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Many thanks to family, friends, and this incredible team for all the support.


Genesis Brito-Perez

Assistant Stage Manager

Sophomore BFA Stage Management, Spanish Minor

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Past credits include – The Magic Pinafore 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).


Amanda Barth

Assistant Stage Manager

Junior BFA Stage Management

Trevor, Wisconsin

Amanda Barth last worked as the Stage Manager of South Pacific, prop designer for The Tempest, and prop designer for The Diviners, all at the College of Lake County. Amanda recently received her Associates in Arts, 2016, from the College of Lake County and was the recipient of the Focal Press/Rafael Jaen SM Toolkit Award, from the Kennedy Center Region III Festival in 2016.


Elizabeth Pillow

Assistant Stage Manager

Junior BFA Stage Management

Evansville, Indiana

Elizabeth Pillow most recently appeared in What I Didn’t Learn in College at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre in the spring semester of 2016. Her other credits include Umbrella Escapades, a devised piece of children's theatre at Millikin, and Little Women at Harrison High School. She also performed in the Evansville Civic Theatre’s performance of Xanadu, and in the Warrick County Summer Musical Children of Eden. This is Elizabeth’s first Millikin Mainstage stage management position