Carol Estey To Direct CMU's Awesome Allie

Children’s play Nov. 8-10, open show Nov. 12

October 23, 2017

The annual children’s play put on by the cast and crew of Central Methodist University’s Little Theatre is slated for Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 8-10, and Sunday, Nov. 12.

Dr. Mark Kelty, professor of theatre, has turned the directing reins of Awesome Allie over to noted dancer, actor, director, and choreographer Carol Estey, currently of Columbia.

Estey had a long career on Broadway as an actor, dancer, and choreographer that included eight Broadway shows – among them, The Act, starring Liza Minelli, and the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ, Superstar.

She has worked with such directors and choreographers as Bob Fosse, Martin Scorsese, Tom O’Horgan, Gower Champion, Louis Falco, and Graciella Danielle, and has directed plays and musicals across the country.

Estey taught dance at Pace University in New York City and recently retired from leading the dance program at Stephens College in Columbia. She also was a founding co-artistic director of Opera House Arts in Stonington, Maine.

She has taken time off from acting and directing at Talking Horse Productions, where she just finished starring in the 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Gin Game, to work with Kelty and his cast of intrepid students.

Awesome Allie is a tale of a young girl who has been given the mission of crossing the solar system in order to save Earth, and maybe learn some things about science on the way.

The Wednesday through Friday performances are exclusively for school children who will be bussed in to the theatre; however, the Sunday performance, which begins at 1:30 p.m., is open to all.

The cast of Awesome Allie features Myriah Araiza, a junior theatre arts major from Columbia, as Allie; Cori Bryan, a sophomore music education major from Springfield, as Mother; Karlie Noll, a senior theatre arts major from New Cambria, as President; Abby Wimberley, a junior theatre arts major from Independence, as Alien/PAL; Ben Kixmiller, a freshman theatre arts major from Prairie Home, as Captain Chaos; and Addison McGuire, a senior biology major from Higbee, as Rover/Bob.

The assistant director to Estey and stage manager is Whitney Bias, a sophomore communications major from Versailles. The music director is Jo Ellen Shroyer, adjunct professor of music; composer of supplemental materials is Dr. Ron Shroyer, adjunct professor of music and dean emeritus of the Swinney Conservatory of Music; and the accompanist is Janet O’Neill.

The scenic and lighting designer is Gregory Owen, assistant professor of theatre and communications; the costume designer is Terri Rohlfing; and the scene shop foreman is Chuck Thompson.

The set construction and painting crew will include Cori Bryan; Emma Wyble, a senior early childhood education major from Columbia; Jenny Barnett, a junior theatre arts major from Saint Louis; Taylor Perry, a sophomore music education major from Centralia; and Abby Wimberley. For publicity and front of house are Karlie Noll; Myriah Araiza; and Jaiden Preston, a freshman pre-declared major from Kennett.

On lights will be Ben Kixmiller and Bailey Stevens, a freshman criminal justice major from Glasgow. Properties crew will include Addison McGuire; Jordan Cassmeyer, a junior mathematics major from Jefferson City; Alex Fjeseth, a senior religion and church leadership major from Hulbert, Okla.; and Natalie Van Horn, a sophomore marine biology major from Raymore.

Board operators are Taylor Rouse, a senior music major from Columbia; Jaiden Preston, and Bailey Stevens.

The cost for the Sunday matinee is $8 for adults, $5 for CMU faculty and staff, and free for CMU students with identification. For more information, email Dr. Mark Kelty or call 660-248-6284.