past productions

December 19, 20, 21: "A Christmas Carol"

October 31, November 1: "Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of the Grotesque"

Written by Eric W. Cook
Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of the Grotesque is an original play written by Eric W. Cook. In the play, Poe meets a mysterious stranger in a seedy tavern, and begins a conversation that both reveals and changes his views on poetry, love, and death. As Poe shares several of his short stories and poems, the audience explores the struggle and the melancholy, the horror and the grotesque of his life and work.

Director: Ken Smith
Stage Manager: Jim Lilley
Costumes: B.J. Herr, Eilieen Stroup
Lights: Mike Beck, Maria Wellman
Stage Crew: Mike Gordon, Noah Lilley,
Edgar Allan Poe: Justin Anderson
Mr. Toller: Casey Bowser
Virginia Poe: Abby Gumpper
Mrs. Maria Clemm: Alison Carey
Other parts played by:
Jeff Arnold
Phil Ball
Amy Cannard
Megan Flannery
Brianna Herr
Thom Hilliard
Whitney Anne Jenkins
Chris Lilley
Kevin Lukacs
Lorraine Martin
Bob Meals
Eric Snyder


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August 1,2,3, & 8,9,10: Shakespeare in the Park -- "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream follows two pairs of lovers into an enchanting magical forest, where playful sprites and mischievous fairies run things amuck, then set them right again. Set in Butler's own Preston Park, the production will be done in promenade, as the audience follows the players to various unique and beautiful scenes. Audience members will witness an enchanting performance, while enjoying and exploring the wonderful natural settings of Preston Park. The play is under the direction of Phil Ball.

Director: Phillip Ball
Stage Manager: Jim Lilley
Costumes: Leslie Clements
Lights: Jim Lilley, Mike Gordon
Stage Crew: Mike Gordon, Noah Lilley
Musicians: Lydia King: flute; Lleyton King: drum

Cast:
Duke Theseus: Bob Meals
Hippolyta: Danyle Solomon Verzinskie
Philostrate: Jim Lilley
Egeus: Amy Cannard
Hermia: Whitney Ann Jenkins
Lysander: Matt Ferree
Demetrius: Justin Anderson
Helena: Megan Flannery
Peter Quince: Mea Hunter
Bottom, the weaver: Eric McAnallen
Francis Flute: Phillip Ball
Robin Starveling: George Richardson
Tom Snout : Lorraine Martin
Snug, the joiner: Stephen Fogle
Robin “Puck” Goodfellow: Kevin Lukacs
Cobweb, a fairy: Catherine Baird
Peaseblossom, a fairy: Isabelle Davison
Mustardseed, a fairy: Brianna Herr
Oberon: Kenneth Smith
Titania: Katy Closkey Wayne



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March 28, 29, 30, April 4, 5: Oscar Wilde's "A Woman of No Importance"


A house party is in full swing at Lady Hustanton's elegant country home. A young American girl is visiting, and some of Lady Hunstanton's quirky friends, including a member of Parliament and the town's Archdeacon, are present and discussing their various views on love, life, and society. Everyone is thrilled when young Gerald Arbuthnot announces that he has just been made secretary to the witty and sophisticated Lord Illingworth. Everyone, that is, except Gerald's mother, who strongly objects to her son's advancement. Delicious banter, enchanting characters, and dark secrets are savored in this beautiful and devastating drawing room comedy.





Director: Ken Smith
Stage Manager: Jim Lilley
Costumes: Leslie Clements, Tammy Whitmire
Lights: Aaron Henley
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Fogle
Scenic Design: Aaron Henley and Ken Smith

Cast:
Lord Illingworth: Stefan Lingenfelter
Rachel Arbuthnot: Elizabeth A. Smith
Lady Jane Hunstanton: Stephanie Kobil
Lady Caroline Pontefract: Lori Barrage
Sir John Pontefract: Aaron P. Zimmerman
Gerald Arbuthnot: Kevin Lukacs
Hester Worsley: Sarah McAllister
Mrs. Allonby: Karen Justi
Mr. Kelvil: Greg Crawford
Lady Stutfield: Megan Flannery
Archdeacon Daubeny: Bob Meals
Francis: Mark McConnell
Alice: Abby Gummper
Maid: Brianna Herr
Understudy to Mrs. Barrage: Kara Whitmire

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

On March 15, 2014, hobnob presented a staged reading of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Featuring 15 of Butler's finest actors, the reading benefited by a study guide which was made available to teachers and students weeks prior to the reading. Audiovisual effects were also used to enhance the performance.

A Christmas Carol, December 2013

Director: Liz Smith
Stage Manager: Jim Lilley
Costumes: Leslie Clements
Lights: Mike Beck
Sound: Steve Fogle
Scenic Design: Christopher Tomko
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Fogle

Principals
Scrooge: Jeff Carey
Fred: Scott Winter
Mrs. Fred: Karen Justi
Bob Cratchit: Aaron Paul Zimmerman
Mrs. Cratchit: Sarah McAllister
Tiny Tim: Adam Smith
Jacob Marley: Bob Meals
Ghost of Christmas Past: Julia Singleton
Ghost of Christmas Present: Lori Barrage
Ghost of Christmas Future: Henry Marquiss

William Shakespeare's The Tempest, June 2013

Director: Ken Smith
Stage Manager: Jim Lilley
Costumes: Liz Smith, Melissa Sweetapple
Lights: Mike Beck
Sound: Steve Fogle
Scenic Design: Aaron Henley
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Fogle

Principals
Prospero: Stefan Lingenfelter
Ariel: Jordan Rose Luntz
Caliban: Jeff Carey
Miranda: Lydia Cameron
Ferdinand: Matt Ferree
Alonso: Rik Medic
Antonio: Aaron Paul Zimmerman
Sebastian: Alison Carey
Gonzalo: Ron Murphy
Stephano: Bob Meals
Trinculo: Ty Kunzelman

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A Christmas Carol, December 2012

Director: Liz Smith
Stage Manager: Jim Lilley
Costumes: Melissa Sweetapple
Lights: Mike Beck
Sound: Steve Fogle
Scenic Design: Christopher Tomko

Principals
Scrooge: Scott Winter
Fred: Mark Lutz
Mrs. Fred: Karen Justi
Bob Cratchit: Josh Tillotson
Mrs. Cratchit: Elizabeth Tillotson
Tiny Tim: Hunter Tillotson
Jacob Marley: Justin Lilley
Ghost of Christmas Past: Isabelle Davis
Ghost of Christmas Present: Lori Barrage
Ghost of Christmas Future: Henry Marquiss