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Fantasticks to open at Mac

February 4, 2011

The longest-running New York City musical of all time, the Fantasticks, will open Thursday, Feb. 10 and will run Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Marian Chase Schaeffer Studio Theatre in the Education Complex on the MacMurray College campus. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday’s performance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Admission is $5; free for students of MacMurray, Illinois College and Lincoln Land Community College; and $3 for all other students. The Education Complex is on Hardin Avenue on the east side of the MacMurray campus.

For reservations call 217 479-7208 or email

The cast draws from well-known members of the Jacksonville community and MacMurray students and graduates, including:

  • Jennifer Wellhausen, a 2003 MacMurray graduate who is now an English teacher at Jacksonville High School. Her theatrical appearances at MacMurray have included A … My Name is Alice, Measure for Measure and Antigone.
  • Tyler Stephenson, of Jacksonville, is widely traveled vocalist and now is a junior Liberal Arts major at MacMurray. His version of “At Last” was No. 1 in Australia for nine weeks in 2007, and his single “Only One Life” was on the U.S. national dance charts for 11 consecutive months.
  • Dakota Beavers is a JHS graduate and teaches English at Waverly High School. Most recently, she was in the MacMurray production of Vanities and has appeared in numerous Jacksonville Theatre Guild productions.
  • Grant Estes was on MacMurray’s stage in Godspell and has performed in many musical productions in Jacksonville and Springfield, including the Jacksonville Theatre Guild productions of Altar Boyz and Little Shop of Horrors.
MacMurray recent graduate Jacob Pahde, of Jacksonville, freshman Social Work major Heather Fielden, of Mount Pulaski and Shayne Pollans, of Highland Park, a sophomore in Psychology, are also in the cast, as is Kevin Klein, a professor of economics at Illinois College; Harvey Mack, a prolific performer at the Jacksonville Theater Guild; and Rich McCoy, Jacksonville High School English teacher. McCoy is also directing, with MacMurray Choir Director Terri Benz as the musical director and pianist, JHS student Brian Coats is choreographer and Mac grad Tammy Middleton, of Jacksonville, contributing choreographer.

Fantasticks is a romantic musical with several well-known songs, including “Try to Remember.”

For more information, contact:

Ted Roth, Director of Communications and Marketing
Work: 217-479-7027 | Cell: 217-883-3340
Email: Send Email

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