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Order in the Court!

The Department of Communication and Creative Arts at Purdue Northwest Hammond announces performances of the musical Order in the Court! 

 The show is a pairing of two one-act shows:

  •  Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan
  •  The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benét

Production

Musical Director: Jenne Carey

Director: Morgan McCabe

Choreographer: Teresa Maciel

Featuring

  • Lauren Blender
  • Eric Kane Jones
  • Kelly Koester
  • Kira Lisle
  • Teresa Maciel
  • Nina Mendoza
  • Paul Olivares
  • Haile Anne Palmer
  • Dylan Root
  • Megan Siojo
  • Austin Jay Veerbeck
  • Khloe Williams
  • Matt Zipko

Trial by Jury

Often performed as a double bill and hailed by theatre scholar Kurt Gänzl as “probably the most successful British one-act operetta of all time”, this is a delightfully ludicrous one-act. Trial by Jury is a tasty morsel of Gilbert and Sullivan’s renowned wit, catchy lyrics and tunes, and farcical plot lines.

The Story

Edwin, fickle and fallow fellow that he is, has fallen in love with another woman and left the beautiful Angelina at the altar, so Angelina brings suit against him for “Breach of Promise.” But, alas, fortune is not on Edwin’s side—as soon as the jurors and judge set eyes on Angelina, they are all on her side.

In sly desperation, Edwin proposes that the conflict will be simply resolved if he “marry this lady today and the other tomorrow,” to which, naturally, Angelina objects. Ultimately, judge and jury suggest a resolution to the conflict that is well received by all!

The Devil and Daniel Webster

This one-act play is adapted from the famous short story by Pulitzer Prize­-winning American poet Stephen Vincent Benét. The Devil and Daniel Webster is a biting, brilliant bit of American folklore and a very agreeable comedy. This production will include two songs from the folk opera by Douglas Moore (music) and Stephen Vincent Benét (lyrics).

The Story

It is the wedding party of Jabez Stone, a young New Hampshire farmer in the mid-18th century. The guests are immensely enjoying dancing, cider, oysters and layer cake. But Jabez is not so light-hearted, as he has a dark secret; he signed away his soul to the devil 10 years ago, and the contract comes due this night at the stroke of midnight.

When Mr. Scratch, aka the devil, arrives shortly before twelve, Jabez tells his guests to be gone, resigned he must pay the price. But, Mary, his new bride, and his friend, Daniel Webster— “the greatest man in the U.S.”—stand by him. Webster argues the case against Mr. Scratch, insisting a jury must decide Jabez’s fate. Mr. Scratch agrees, and he summons a jury of the dead to rule.

Webster’s considered and powerful arguments are to no avail: Jabez seems doomed.  At last, Webster changes his strategy, and his passionate oratory rises to miraculous heights as he appeals to the hearts of the jury.


Previous Productions

Beauty and the Beast at Purdue Northwest 2019.

Thank you to the amazing cast, crew and all of our wonderful audience members for a very successful run of Beauty and the Beast!

by Tennessee Williams  |  Directed by Morgan McCabe

Cast List

  • Blanche – Laura Riggle
  • Stella – Laura Pankowski
  • Stanley – Ranen Toosley
  • Mitch – Matthew Ruiz
  • Eunice – Irie Crouch
  • Steve – Ryan Graan
  • Pablo/Young Man/Doctor – Nathan Stevens
  • Woman/Nurse – Vanessa Matthews

Production Staff

  • Director – Morgan McCabe
  • Assistant Director – Ryan Graan
  • Production Coordinator – Lise Manon Martine Dary
  • PR and Publicity – Mohammed Alsulaiman
  • Lighting Designer – Rebecca Ashby
  • Set Designer – Steven Mayersky
  • Sound Designer – So Min Park
  • Costume Designer – Irie Crouch
  • Props – Justin Lara

Directed by Michele Gustin  |  Music Direction by Trish Hales

Based on the Comic Strip “PEANUTS” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson
Originally Directed in New York by Joseph Hardy

A Comedy by Mary Lynn Dobson  |  Directed and Designed by Zachary Gipson

A frantically funny, Monty Pythonesque retelling of the classic.

This time around, the legendary legend, in his never-ending quest to aid the needy, encounters a lovely damsel-in-distress (oddly obsessed with skin conditions); an everscheming sheriff who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull’s-eye; a gold-hoarding, badguy monarch wannabe; and a good-natured “Town’s Gal” who manages to make his way into every scene, whether he belongs there or not. Combine them with an expandable band of spoon-wielding Merry Men whose collective IQs equal six, and you’ve got an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest you won’t soon forget!

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.