Southeastern Illinois College Theatre is proud to present Mel Brooks’ classic mu- sical The Producers April 20-22 in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center.
The Producers is the hilari- ous story of a scheming pro- ducer, Max Bialystock (Alex McRoy of Harrisburg) and his mousy accountant, Leo Bloom (Jordan Richey of Benton) aim- ing to produce the biggest op on Broadway in a laugh-out- loud musical based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy lm. As a Broadway musical, The Pro- ducers set the standard for out- rageous, in-your-face humor, winning a record twelve Tony Awards.
The Producers includes massive show-stopping num- bers including “The King of Broadway,” “I Wanna Be a Pro- ducer,” “When You Got It, Flaunt It,” “Springtime for Hit- ler,” and “Prisoners of Love.”
“It’s a very exciting and humbling experience to have the opportunity to play one of Nathan Lane’s most iconic characters,” said McRoy. “He
has such a distinct style and way of acting that is so fun to get to replicate in my own way. Also, Mel Brooks is one of my favorite playwrights. His scripts are always over the top funny and light hearted; audi- ences always love them, and I hope ours does too.”
Additional roles include John Suh of Ziegler as Franz Liebkind; Braden Cummins of Carrier Mills as Roger DeBris; Carter Reed from Harrisburg as Carmen Ghia; Heidi Willis- Smith of Harrisburg as Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Tallen Hallen Svaden Swanson.
Taryn Herman, a former SIC student, took time out of her busy schedule to choreograph The Producers. Formerly of Benton and currently living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Herman has worked in many different theatres as a director and choreographer. On the long list of accomplishments, her latest shows have been: Se- ussical the Musical at Weather- vane Theatre and Winter Won- derettes at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, both in New Hamp- shire. Her newest project is di
recting and choreographing The Producers at Seacoast Rep- ertory Theatre.
Costumes will be designed by Janet Hart and Gareth York. John Hart of Hart’s Music in Harrisburg will once again pro- vide the sound equipment. Aaron McRoy of Harrisburg will be the stage manager for The Producers.
The show will run April 20 & 21 at 7p.m.and April 22 and 2 p.m.
Reserved seating is $10 for adults and $8 for students, staff, and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 618-252- 5400, ext. 2486 or 618-841- 4649 or by emailing boxoffice@ sic.edu. Due to adult themes and language, The Producers has been rated PG-13.
- Written by Callie Smith, SIC Student