Greater Vision - October 30
October 22 - November 7
by Thornton Wilder
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, A Concord Theatricals Company
One of The Greatest American Plays Ever Written Finds a New Home At Myers Dinner Theatre!
A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager”, we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes -- from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.” Through the young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. “Oh, earth,” Emily Webb exclaims towards the play’s end, “you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.” With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Our Town offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization.
Our Town. These days there seems to be a lot of “me” and “mine” and not a lot of “Our”. This is Our Town. Our Hopes, Our Dreams, Our Life, Our Town. Originally presented in 1937, Our Town still reaches out and resonates with audiences. This play shows what brings us together. Love of family and community. A young girl tells of an envelope with an address. Grover’s Corners, Sutton County, New Hampshire, United States of America, Continent of North America, Western Hemisphere, The Earth, The Solar System, The Universe, The Mind of God. That is Our Town. With Love to my wife Kiersten, my son Sullivan and my daughter Lila.
Stage Manager: Jason Ryan Wallace
Dr. Gibbs: Thomas J. Besler
Joe Crowell: Brayden Stedge
Howie Newsome: Mahlon Nevitt
Mrs. Gibbs: Elsa Scott Besler
Mrs. Webb: Samantha Bagdon
George Gibbs: Hunter James Evans
Rebecca Gibbs: Emery Jane Allen
Wally Webb: Dawson Allen
Emily Webb: Emmie Wright
Professor Willard: Travis Bird
Mr. Webb: Walter Dodd II
Woman in Balcony: Jessica Alltop
Man in Auditorium: Gary Michael
Lady in Box: Jane Bowers
Simon Stimson: Scott Stockton
Mrs. Soames: Ginny Pugh Spillman
Constable Warren: Michael Peré
Si Crowell: Brayden Stedge
Sam Craig: Travis Bird
Joe Stoddard: Bill Rubenstein
Executive Producer: Donna & Richard Myers
Director: Paul Kerr
Production Stage Manager: Jessica Alltop
Technical Director: Gary Michael
Costume Designer: Sharon Wright
Properties Master: Jessica Alltop
Master Carpenter: Ted DeVore
Kitchen Manager: Jay Estes
Box Office Manager: Bill Rubenstein
General Store Manager: Jane Bowers
Bookkeeper: Tom Bess
The entire play takes place in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire.
is in 2nd grade and is very excited to be making his MDT debut. He is looking forward to sharing the stage again with his sister Emery. He was last seen in Matilda and is thrilled to be back on stage. When he isn’t in a show he loves to play basketball, soccer, golf, video games and his instruments. He thanks his family and friends for all of their support and hopes you enjoy the show!!
is thrilled to be making her MDT debut. Emery is an 8th grade Honor Student at INCA. She has performed in over 20 different shows, including several professional productions. Emery records professionally for several different well known companies and spends many hours at Air Borne Studios. She has had the opportunity to perform at many professional sporting events including the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever,and NCAA. When she isn’t in a show she loves to sing and perform with her own instruments.She thanks her family, friends and coaches for all of their continued support and hopes you enjoy the show!!
is so excited to be making her MDT debut in Our Town! Now based in NYC, Samantha grew up in New Hampshire where she received a B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Plymouth State University. Regional credits include: Hairspray, Shrek the Musical, Into the Woods, I Love You Because. National tour: A Christmas Carol. Having played Rebecca in Our Town as a child, Samantha is excited to revisit Grover's Corners, and see what it has in store for us now!
is a regional theatre actress from Missouri who has performed all over the United States from NYC to Alaska. As a Myers Dinner theatre alumnus, local audiences may recognize her from Arsenic and Old Lace and Hello, Dolly! She’d like to thank her husband for his unending support. Enjoy the show! www.elsascott.com
is excited to be returning to the Myers Dinner Theatre stage having last been seen in Hollywood, Hearth & Home as Bing Crosby last Christmas. Working in theatre the last 20 years, Besler has had the good fortune to perform all over the country. Some favorite roles include Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dollsand Soapy Smith in The Days of ’98 Show with Soapy Smith. He is extremely grateful to those who have loved and supported him throughout the years, especially his wife Elsa Scott Besler, whose presence makes all things better. Enjoy the show!
I am from Decatur, IN. I studied Voice Performance at Ball State University. I have toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre four times and performed at The Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee, IN for six seasons. I’m happy to call Myers Dinner Theatre my home away from home. Thank you to everyone who supports my dreams.
is an actor and playwright based in Philadelphia. He has worked with The National Theatre for Children, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and The Franklin Institute. This is his Myers Dinner Theatre debut. He is so excited to work with such a wonderful group! Our Town was the first show he ever performed in, and it only feels right to be returning to the stage with it as well. Thank you for supporting local theatre!
is so excited to be making his MDT and Professional debut in Our Town! Hunter grew up in Hicksville Ohio, and attends Purdue University Fort Wayne where he is majoring in Theatre and a minor in Communications. Some of Hunter’s roles include Purdue Fort Wayne’s The Last Days of Judas Ischariot (Judas). Grease (Vince Fontaine) and A Year with Frog and Toad (The Large and Terrible Frog) Hunter is more than excited to visit Grover’s Corners for the very first time!
After years “on the road,” as an actor and director, Paul and wife Kiersten Vorheis have settled down in the Hoosier state for the last 10 years. In that time, they have welcomed their incredible son Sullivan, now 4 years old, and daughter Lila Renee, 1 amazing year old. Paul has appeared throughout the country, but as a native Michigander and adopted Hoosier, he enjoys doing shows in the Midwest. Especially a show like Our Town, which teaches us to appreciate our life. Where even the most normal and mundane in life, hold dazzling secrets of eternity.
Born and raised in Crawfordsville, IN, Mahlon joined the world of live theater in high school, and even majored in the art at Wabash College. He’s been on and off a part of the Myers family since 2012, with some of his favorite roles including Chef Louis (The Little Mermaid), Chief Sitting Bull (Annie Get Your Gun), and The Toymaker (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). Some of his top credits as a Stand-Up Comedian include being the reigning Comedy in Crawfordsville Champion, performing at the Indiana Comic-Con, and most recently opening for SNL’s Chris Kattan. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
is ecstatic to be returning to the stage after 588 long days! Since graduating from Ouachita Baptist University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Michael has been able to perform in 24 states! Some of Michael’s previous credits include The 39 Steps (Clown #1), Seussical the Musical (The Cat in the Hat), Grease (Eugene), and The Velveteen Rabbit (The Velveteen Rabbit). Over the last 19 months Michael has kept himself busy with cross stitching, hiking, photography, reading, and accidentally moving to Alaska for four months! While all of that was an incredible adventure, he is thrilled to be returning home to his first love- the theatre. Thank you to God, Walter, friends, and family, and to you for supporting Live Theatre! Enjoy the s
is proud to have been in multiple productions here at MDT. He feels blessed to work with so many wonderful people in this production. Bill is proud “Gramps” to Joshua, Madison, Bailey, Bella, and Finley. He now works in the MDT Box Office after retiring from 32 years of teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English. Bill feels blessed to work at a place like MDT. He is a member of the Waynetown Christian Church. “I love God and praise Jesus for all He has done in my life.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
is THRILLED to be back on stage at Myers Dinner Theatre! She has played many roles at MDT since 2005, including her all-time favorite, Patsy Cline in Always…Patsy Cline in May 2009 and October 2010. Some other favorites have been Miss Hannigan (Annie), Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense), for which she won the statewide ICTL Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the Baroness (The Sound of Music), and Ouiser (Steel Magnolias). She was also the 2004 “Circle of Lights,” featured female vocalist at the lighting of the “World’s Largest Christmas Tree.” Ginny has performed at racetracks across the US and Canada for 26 years, has performed at major sporting events, and at various international, national and regional conferences, including the AFL-CIO International Convention in Las Vegas, and at the Red Hat Society International Conferences in Indianapolis (2015), San Antonio (2016), and Nashville (2019). When not performing here, Ginny can be found making guest appearances as Patsy Cline or Tammy Wynette in IN, OH, IL, KY, TX, AZ and FL. Ginny would like to thank God for the talents he’s given her and the wonderful support of Tim, her husband of 54 years (Oct.8), and all her friends and family! She truly hopes you enjoy the show!
is thrilled to be back on stage at MDT! This summer, he was an under study for the Artful Dodger in Oliver! and was one of the other orphans in. Brayden is a freshman at McCutcheon High School. He is involved in choir and Men's choir, along with the Drama Club. Brayden has been acting in a variety of rolls since he was in second grade and continues to take opportunities to be on stage whenever he can. Brayden would like to thank his family for all of their support and thank God for the abilities He has given him.
has enjoyed acting ever since performing in the Chorus of Carousel his junior year of high school. Since then, he has performed and student-directed in college productions, directed high school theater productions as a teacher, and produced/directed church musicals as a music pastor. He broke into the Community Theatre scene in Indianapolis, playing General Waverly in White Christmas in 2014 with Footlite Musicals. Having caught the “acting bug,” he went on to appear in musicals and plays with First Folio Productions, Garfield Shakespeare Company and Brooks & Bourke Theatre Company. His favorite and most challenging role was Archdeacon Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Brooks & Bourke Theatre in 2019. He thanks his wife Evelyn for supporting him in his acting hobby, but most of all, thanks God for giving him the talent and joy of acting.
continues to trod the Myers boards, having last appeared as Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic & Old Lace. His long and motley list of other stage credits includes Hamlet, Tartuffe, The Crucible, Hairspray and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. An accomplished director, scriptwriter and voice actor, Jason holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from Georgia Southwestern State University, with special training in dialects, stage combat and mask work like commedia dell’arte.
was recently seen in MDT’s Nunsense as Sister Mary Leo! In addition to performing on stage, Emmie enjoys working with her team, Ophelia Grey Films, creating short films and other media projects. Her additional free time is often spent baking pastries for her friends and family or hanging out with Magnolia her cat. She wants to thank the entire Myers team for safely allowing the continuation of live theatre!
Served Family Style
*Featuring homemade croutons & an original creation salad dressing of Donna's.
*One of several items on the Menu that we are known for.
*A recipe developed by Richard Myers.
*One of several items on the Menu that we are known for.
*Included with the price of the buffet.
Hot Fudge, Chocolate, Strawberry & Chocolate/Peanut Butter
Crème brûlée, Turtle, White Chocolate Raspberry & Red Velvet
Salad Dressing, Broccoli Salad & Rolls (Dozen)
*Everyone has different dietary needs, but we want all to be able to enjoy a great show and a delicious meal. If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, please contact us in advance and our kitchen will happily make accommodations for you.