The Wintertime


By Charles L. Mee

Jonathan brings his girlfriend, Ariel, to his family's vacation home for a romantic weekend. Unfortunately, his parents, each with a lover of their own, have had the same idea. Shattered romances, deep passion, indescribable pain and dark comedy abound in this absurd, tragicomedy about dysfunctional relationships.

December 7 @7:30pm
December 8 @7:30pm
December 9 @2:00 pm & 7:30pm

Tickets $12 - $14
Albert Taylor Theatre

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Event Date

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 7:30pm to Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:30pm

Ashleigh Marie Martens

Senior BFA Acting

Victoria, BC, Canada

Ashleigh Marie Martens has most recently appeared in Millikin’s Mainstage production of Blood Wedding as Death. Her other credits include roles in the New Musicals program as Alex in The Stage With Blood and ensemble in the white rose and Pirandello. She has also enjoyed success 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).


Michael Buebe

Senior BFA Acting and Writing

Galesburg, Illinois

Michael Buebe - credits include: The Lumber Baron (Scene and Hurd Productions); Mauritius, Little Shop of Horrors, Rough Magic, Ladies Man, and Peter Pan (Millikin Mainstage); Hamlet, Cymbeline, and Romeo and Juliet (Galesburg Theatre Festival); and Guys and Dolls and a Midsummer Night's Dream (Prairie Players).


Colby Jones

Junior BFA Musical Theatre

Knoxville, Iowa

Previous credits: Seymour U/S in Little Shop of Horrors, Ensemble Swing in Nice Work if You Can Get It (Millikin Mainstage); Malcom McGregor in The Full Monty, Ensemble in Sister Act (Prairie Repertory Theatre); Joey Primo and Drew U/S in Rock of Ages (Des Moines Playhouse).


Emily Brandt

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Appleton, Wisconsin

Emily Brandt has appeared in Next to Normal, In the Heights, Grease, and Hands on a Hardbody at Kimberly High School. She also has recently been seen in West Side Story at UW Fox Community Theatre. Additional credits include: Machinal, The Secret Garden, Legally Blonde, and SideShow.


Kevin Escobar

Sophomore BFA Acting

Chicago, Illinois

Kevin Escobar has previously appeared in the Stahl Family Theatre’s productions of Children of Eden, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Robin Hood, Spamalot, and Taming of the Shrew. He has also been a pit singer in Millikin’s Mainstage production of Nice Work if You Can Get It.


Elizabeth King

Sophomore BFA Acting

Bloomington, Illinois

Elizabeth King is making her Millikin Mainstage debut! Elizabeth appeared at the 2016 Illinois High School Theatre Festival as Catherine in These Shining Lives. Her Bloomington High School credits include Paulette in Legally Blonde and Lorraine in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Elizabeth was seen as Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Alice in The Addams Family with the Normal Summer Theatre.


Jordan Oelze

Senior BFA Acting

St. Louis, Missouri

Credits include As You Like It and Rough Magic (Millikin Mainstage); Venus in Fur and Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); Dogfight (Drama Group); Un Bit Butter and Math Club Improv Troupe.


Rachel Beth Jackson

Senior BFA Acting, Dance Minor

Nashville, Tennessee

Previous credits include Queen Ninja Koala in Super Sidekick the Musical, and Female Swing in Last Smoker in America (Millikin University); Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Margot in Legally Blonde: the Musical, and Queen Aggravian in Once Upon a Mattress (Act Too Players); Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and Cat in the Hat in Seussical (Renaissance Players); Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Houston County Community Theatre); and Nadia in bare: a pop opera (Circle Players).


Olivia Irmiter

Junior BFA Acting, Gender Studies Minor

Chicago, Illinois

Olivia Irmiter made her Millikin Mainstage debut as a pit singer in The Addams Family. She has most recently been seen as a female swing with both Millikin Mainstage's Mauritius, and in Pipe Dream Studio Theatre's What I Didn't Learn In College.


Taylor McWilliams-Woods

Senior BFA Acting, Dance Minor

Kent, Ohio

Millikin Credits: Blood Wedding (Girl), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Storyteller), [title of show] (swing), and the Millikin Children’s show Umbrella Escapades (Teal Umbrella). Regional Credits: Hairspray (Brenda), Footloose (swing).


Maggie McMurran

Senior BA Theatre

St. Louis, Missouri

Maggie is thrilled to be a part of her first Millikin Mainstage. She was most recently appeared in That’s Entertainment at Six Flags Saint Louis. At Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, Maggie was seen in Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe (Player 4), The Last Smoker in America (Phyllis), A Nightmare on Backstreet (Tee), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Ensemble).


Patrick O'Keefe

Senior BFA Musical Theatre

Chicago, Illinois

This past August, Patrick performed a one-man show, Buyer & Cellar, directed by Dr. Tom Robson. His Millikin Mainstage credits include the ensemble of Heathers: The Musical, Chet in Rough Magic, and Etienne in The Ladies Man. Credits at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre include Hal in the premiere of What I Didn't Learn in College.


Delaney Schmidt

Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre

Frankfort, Illinois

Delaney Schmidt has recently appeared in Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre’s productions of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious of Death of Edgar Allan Poe (Player 6) and Bachelorette (Female Swing). She has also appeared in The Addams Family as Morticia Addams, Into the Woods as Lucinda, and Peter Pan as Tiger Lily (Lincoln-Way North High School).


Michael Sickels

Sophomore BFA Acting

Chicago, Illinois

This is Michael’s first show here at Millikin. A couple of his past favorite roles were Leaf from 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes.


Production Team


Kevin Hoffmann


Assistant Professor

School of Theatre and Dance
Millikin University

Kevin Hoffmann’s professional work includes The Old Globe, Virginia Rep, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Theater at Monmouth, Montgomery Theatre, Revolution Shakespeare and numerous commercials for such products as U.S. National Park Service, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Calloway Golf, Sony and more. He holds a BFA in Acting from Elon University, an MFA in Acting from The Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego and a Teacher Certification in Michael Chekhov Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. He is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, the Michael Chekhov Association and the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium.


Maya Dougherty

Assistant Director and Dramaturg

Sophomore BA Theatre

Oswego, Illinois

At Oswego High School, Maya was seen in Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), The Addams Family (Alice Beineke), Anything Goes, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Arsenic and Old Lace. At The Limelight Theatre Company, Maya was most recently seen in The Tempest and The Drowsy Chaperone. This is Maya’s first time working on a production team for a Millikin show!


Shawn Foote

Assistant Director and Dramaturg

Sophomore BA Theatre

Pekin, Illinois

Back in her hometown, Shawn performed in numerous community theatre productions. She works as a camp counselor for a children's theatre summer camp at home as well. This is her first directorial experience, but looks forward to discovering similar opportunities in the future. Shawn is also looking forward to joining the executive board at Pipe Dreams Studio Theater for their 2018-2019 season as the Director of New Works. 


Rachael Leek

Dance Choreographer

Senior BA Theatre, Dance & Entrepreneurship Minors

Metropolis, Illinois

Rachael Leek’s choreography credits include LIZZIE, Nevermore: The Mysterious Life and Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Solstice: A Concert of Dance, HEADSHOT!, Rock Ballet, Independent Women Cabaret, and Burlesque Underground. Rachael has also appeared in the Millikin Mainstage production of HEADSHOT!, a devised piece by Kari Margolis, and in the Millikin Children’s show Super Sidekick. Rachael is the co-director of Burlesque Underground with Darius Lee and is a proud member of Alpha Psi Omega. Rachael would like to thank every single dancer that has so willingly danced her choreography over the years as she continues to learn and grow. She would also like to thank her parents for shoving a hyper 3-year-old into a leotard and tights!


Barbara Mangrum

Scenic Design

Associate Professor of Theatre

Design and Production
Millikin University

Barbara, an Associate Professor in the Design/Production Program, has designed scenery, lighting, and/or costumes for various productions at Millikin. She served as the costume designer for The Whipping Man and designed the scenery for Millikin’s productions of Measure for Measure, The Addams Family, and Little Shop of Horrors.


Caroline Knese

Costume Design

Senior BFA Design & Production

St. Louis, Missouri

Caroline has worked as a stitcher for Millikin's Mainstage seasons since 2015. Her production credits include: Costume Crafts Artisan for Little Shop of Horrors, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and HEADSHOT!, First Hand for Intimate Apparel, and working as a costume intern during Illinois Shakespeare festival 2017 season. Caroline's design credits include Umbrella Escapades (co-designer), Heathers: The Musical (asst. designer), and for the dance piece "Chicken and Noodles“ in Solstice: A Concert of Dance.


Alex Stevens

Lighting Design

Guest Designer

Rockford, Illinois

Alex is a Theatrical, Concert, and Event Lighting Designer. Credits include (Lighting Designer) The Model American, (Assistant Lighting Designer) Paradise Blue, An American Daughter, and Romance Novels For Dummies with Williamstown Theatre Festival; (Assistant Lighting Designer) HIR and The Rembrandt with Steppenwolf Theatre; (Lighting Designer) Pixels with Royal Caribbean International; (Lighting Designer) Young Playwrights Festival, (Assistant Lighting Designer) The Last Match and Feeding The Dragon with City Theatre Company; (Assistant Lighting Designer) The Glass Menagerie, Guys and Dolls, and Twelfth Night with Pittsburgh Public Theatre. He graduated with a BFA in Lighting Design & Production from Millikin University in 2014 and an MFA in Lighting Design from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017.


Melanie Wilson

Stage Manager

Sophomore BFA Stage Management and Spanish

Palos Park, Illinois

Melanie Wilson’s Millikin credits include Assistant Stage Manager for As You Like It, Solstice: A Concert of Dance, and Run Crew for Nice Work If You Can Get It and Heathers the Musical. Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre credits include Assistant Stage Manager for Cock and Light Board Op for The Undeniable Sound of Right Now. She will be the Stage Manager for the devised piece Unlatched at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre in the Spring.


Pat-rice Rooney

Assistant Stage Manager

Sophomore BFA Stage Manager

Boston, Massachusetts

Recent Stage Management credits include James and the Giant Peach (PSM) with CIC Theater Company; The Demon (ASM) with Commonwealth Lyric Theatre; Berstein's Mass (SM) with The Boston Conservatory at Berklee; and Kylian Wings of Wax (ASM) with The Boston Ballet.

Maria................Ashleigh Marie Martens

Francois............Michael Buebe

Jonathan............Colby Jones

Ariel..................Emily Brandt

Frank................Kevin Escobar

Hilda.................Elizabeth King

Edmund.............Jordan Oelze

Bertha...............Rachel Beth Jackson

Bob...................Olivia Irmiter

Jaqueline............Taylor McWilliams-Woods

Swings...............Maggie McMurran

                          Patrick O'Keefe

                          Delaney Schmidt

                          Michael Sickels