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Theatre Department Hosts Reunion for 1972 Peanuts Gang

July 16, 2024 | Campus News Theatre

It’s a homecoming for East Central College’s original Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Lucy, and Schroeder from the 1972 production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will return to ECC to watch the new production of the musical.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a 1967 musical based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. The ECC Theatre Department’s production of the revised version runs from Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m.

Original cast members Jim Eaton (Charlie Brown), Jim Carey (Linus), Susan (Schultz) Peterson (Peppermint Patty), Lucy (Struckhoff) Tobben (Lucy), and Doug Johnson (Schroeder) will attend the Friday, July 19, performance. The late Mike Richardson played Snoopy in the 1972 musical.

The reunion is the idea of John Anglin, the director of both the original and upcoming productions. Anglin, the namesake of the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center, directed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in his first year as the ECC Theatre Department director.

“I thought it would be intriguing to see if any of the original cast members could come to the show, and I’m delighted that the five surviving cast members from the 1972 show will be at this production,” Anglin said. “I am excited to see the original cast, but even more excited for you, the audience, to see this 2024 cast bring these iconic characters to life,” he added.

The 2024 cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” includes Eli Bray as Charlie Brown, Bethany Herron as Lucy, Ellie Schmidt as Snoopy, Ian McCracken as Linus, Michael Finck as Schroeder, and Mackenzie Emmert as Sally.

Anglin retired from ECC in 2004 and returns every year to direct a summer production.

The Original Cast

Listed below is information about the cast of the 1972 production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”:

Susan (Schultz) Peterson, Jefferson City, MO

Class of 1972 — Associate of Arts Degree

What did you do after your time at ECC? I attended SMSU (now Missouri State University) for one year, then graduated with a degree in music education from Webster College in 1976. Although I taught in several schools for about 10 years, I spent the bulk of my career in social and workforce services, mostly writing public policy. I’m retired now, and I mostly read, walk, volunteer at an art gallery, spend whatever time I can with my granddaughter, and goof off with my twin sister. We travel some, and I love to work with my flowers and tiny garden.

Who was your favorite faculty or staff member at ECC? The biology teacher who I also worked with during the summers.

What are some of your best memories of your time at ECC? Organizing one of the first Earth Day celebrations. The time spent between classes playing cards in the cafeteria.

Fondest memory of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”? As a cast, we were a tight-knit group, as I recall—good friends as well as cast members. That was great.

Did you perform in other theatre productions? I was Martha in “1776” and a cast member of “Rodgers and Hart: A Musical Revue.”

How satisfied are you with your decision to attend ECC? Very satisfied! With two girls of the same age, my family could not afford to send us to a four-year school. So, ECJC (as it was known then) was a great option to get us started.

What advice would you give to someone starting out at ECC today? Get involved. Be more than just a student. Be a member of the ECC community— theater, music, student activities, and campus life in general. It will enhance your time there (and maybe give you the opportunity to revisit that community 50 years later!).

Jim Carey, Nixa, MO

Class of 1973 — Associate of Arts Degree

What did you do after your time at ECC? Earned a BA from Mount Marty University, Yankton, SD, in 1975. Taught at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School from 1975-1979. Directed “Oliver,” “Charlie Brown,” “The Odd Couple,” “110 in the Shade,” “Never Too Late,” and “Godspell.” Taught at LOGOS School, St. Louis, from 1979-1981. Directed “Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad.” Earned a master’s degree from Webster University in 1992. Worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 1982-2011 in St. Louis, Minneapolis, and San Diego. Retired in 2011.

Who was your favorite faculty or staff member at ECC? John Anglin, Chip Boyer, and Lee Adams.

What are some of your best memories of your time at ECC? Student Senate, Cheer Team, “Oliver.” Moving to the new campus. Student newspaper and Literary Magazine. Friends.

Fondest memory of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”? The cast’s group dynamic, making a small, intimate show work in a large auditorium.

Did you perform in other theatre productions? “Oliver.”

How satisfied are you with your decision to attend ECC? ECC was the perfect choice for me at the time, just coming out of four years of military service. The student/instructor ratio was optimal, and the sense of commonality in the growth of a new college added extra excitement.

What advice would you give to someone starting out at ECC today? Take advantage of every possible opportunity.

Jim Eaton, Dawsonville, GA

Class of 1972 — Associate of Arts Degree

What did you do after your time at ECC? Graduated from Maryville University, St. Louis, in 1974 with a degree in Fine Arts. Then obtained a degree in Mortuary Science from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science, Indianapolis, IN. Worked in the family business (Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan) from 1975-2016. Purchased the business in 1984. Married Mary Ann (Cukrowicz) Eaton in June of 1976. Two daughters, Addie (and husband Matt Walters) and Erin (and husband Cole Wilkins), and two grandkids, Adelyn and Erin Wilkins.

Hobbies include boating, painting, reading, and Civil War Studies. Member of the Dawson County Rotary Club, advisor to The Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville, and member of D-MORT (a federal disaster Mortuary Response Team).

Who was your favorite faculty or staff member at ECC? Larry Pogue.

What are some of your best memories of your time at ECC? The art shows and music concerts.

Fondest memory of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”? We were all like family. The interaction between all of us was amazing. We were all so close.

Did you perform in other theatre productions? No, but have attended many productions at the Holly Theater in Dahlonega, GA, of which Mary Ann and I are members.

How satisfied are you with your decision to attend ECC? ECC was an important step towards achieving a four-year degree. All the instructors were personable and provided a great learning experience. It’s a good introduction to the college world. You receive your basics here and then continue to your major. I found it a great steppingstone in furthering your education.

Lucy (Struckhoff) Tobben, Washington, MO

Class of 1973 — Associate of Arts Degree

What did you do after your time at ECC? I transferred to St. Mary College, Leavenworth, KS, and continued to study, graduating in May 1975 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Dave Tobben and I celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage in August 1975 and moved to Columbia, MO, where he was finishing law school. I worked part-time as a music director at The Newman Center and gave private piano lessons for that year. In August 1976, we moved back to Washington to stay.

I began volunteering my music services at St. Francis Borgia parish in 1977 and have served since then. In 1996, I became the accompanist/organist for the parish choir and presently serve as the music coordinator for the parish. I began teaching vocal music at St. Francis Borgia in 1982. I retired from classroom teaching in 2016.

There were a few years off as we raised our six children. We now have 11 grandchildren who live all around the country. My hobbies over the years included playing slow-pitch softball till age 50, golf, watching grandkids’ sports, quilting, travel, and attending high school and college musicals.

Who was your favorite faculty or staff member at ECC? Carl Walker.

What are some of your best memories of your time at ECC? Attending a “new” college was exciting as we were making history every day. Homecoming, starting Drama Club, moving into the Administration building after Freshman year were just some events that stick out in my mind. I worked as the SOAR (Summer Orientation and Registration) coordinator after Freshman year. Getting to meet almost all of the incoming freshmen that summer was a fantastic experience. It was part of my work-study job.

Fondest memory of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”? I was just so excited to be chosen to be in the production. Never mind that we didn’t really have dressing rooms (they also served as faculty office space for Coach Dyson, Terry Zanin, and Tom Neal) or lighting, or mics, etc. Truly innovative theatre.

Did you perform in other theatre productions? I was one of the orphan boys/Fagin’s boys in “Oliver” during my sophomore year. Around 1985, I was a “Pick-a-little-talk-a-little lady” in “The Music Man” production in the ECC Theatre.

How satisfied are you with your decision to attend ECC? Attending ECJC was one of the best decisions I have made. In the ’70s, there was always a concern that credits would not transfer to four-year colleges, but St. Mary accepted all my hours. With scholarships and work-study money, my biggest expense was transportation.

What advice would you give to someone starting out at ECC today? Take advantage of the opportunity to take classes outside of your major, especially those in the practical arts. Expand your horizons. We need citizens now who are well-rounded individuals, able to reason logically and engage in conversation without hiding behind technology. Don’t be afraid to take classes in classical philosophy.

Doug Johnson, Lake of the Ozarks

Associate of Arts Degree

What did you do after your time at ECC? I went to the University of Missouri (Mizzou) and after college, I owned my own heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) business for 7 to 8 years. Then I worked for Jacuzzi and Magnetek hired me away, and that’s how I got in the motor industry — I was in that industry for 30 plus years.

Who was your favorite faculty or staff member at ECC? Carl Walker, music director, and Ed Conway, Business Instructor.

Fondest memory of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”? First off, John Anglin was an amazing director. He really related to us. The cast itself was amazing, and we all got along so well.

How satisfied are you with your decision to attend ECC? I am very satisfied with my decision to attend ECC. There are lifelong friends I acquired there. A lot of friends from high school participated in sports and music at ECC. It was a very friendly atmosphere.

What advice would you give to someone starting out at ECC today? ECC is a great place to get you prepared for a four-year school. But don’t overlook tech programs. Tech job opportunities (like welding, machining, industrial engineering, etc.) are immense, and the salaries are very attractive.

ECC Theatre’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Auditions are Nov. 13-14

October 27, 2023 | Campus News Performing Arts Theatre

Auditions for the East Central College Theatre’s Department’s performance of the beloved Disney classic, “Beauty and the Beast” are just around the corner.

On Monday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center, the Theatre Department will be seeking the perfect fit for the roles of Belle, Beast, and their unforgettable friends.

This magical story will be brought to life on stage in this reimagined production running Feb. 22-25, 2024.

Tickets go on sale Monday, November 20 at

“We are excited to bring the magic of ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ back to ECC,” said Grace Austin, ECC Theatre Director. “We produced the regional premiere of this show over 15 years ago and sold out every performance.”

There will be 35-45 actors aged 15 and older who will be cast, as well as a small group of youth actors ages 9-14.

Audition selections are available at Anyone trying out is instructed to prepare one of the audition selections. A pianist will be available during auditions.

Everyone auditioning should bring a list of any scheduling conflicts up to February 2024.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our student and local talent to be a part of a truly enchanting show that has captivated audiences for generations. We encourage everyone with a passion for theater to come out and audition,” Austin added.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a tale as old as time that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. This timeless story of love and transformation features memorable characters, dazzling musical numbers, and a captivating storyline that continues to resonate with audiences of all ages.

To find additional information about auditions, including character breakdowns and rehearsal schedules, visit Stay updated on audition-related news and announcements by following ECC Theatre (@ecctheatre) on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

ECC Theatre Department Reveals 2023-24 Productions

May 22, 2023 | Campus News Performing Arts Theatre

The East Central College Theatre Department will present five productions during the 2023-24 season that will raise the audience experience to new heights.

The “Season: Unlimited” performances will showcase the amazing talent of the cast, crew and creative team, which will result in a dynamic live atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

The first production, “She Kills Monsters,” is a fantasy adventure about a young woman who discovers her deceased sister’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook. This production will run Oct. 5-8 and promises to be a thrilling experience for audiences of all ages.

ECC Theatre Director Grace Austin will direct the production, with choreography by Erik Kuhn, stage combat instructor.

Next up is, “Inspecting Carol,” a hilarious holiday staged reading that will have audiences laughing from start to finish.

“In an exciting twist, the actors in ‘Inspecting Carol’ will not receive scripts until 48 hours before the show, and the audience will choose the parts the performers play,” Austin added. “This unique approach promises to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience for both the actors and the audience.”

“Inspecting Carol” will be presented in early December.

2024 Performances

Audiences will have to wait until Aug. 14 before the name of the first production in 2024 can be released.

“Due to contractual requirements, we cannot announce the title of our musical, but we are bursting with excitement to bring this giant show to our stage — with unforgettable songs and a story that will capture the hearts of audiences of all ages,” Austin said. “Trust us, it’s worth the wait.”

The musical will be performed Feb. 22-25, 2024, including a daytime matinee Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.

“The One Act Play that Goes Wrong,” to be performed April 18-21, 2024, is a fast-paced farce that will leave audiences in stitches. Directed by the award-winning St. Louis artist Will Bonfiglio, this production is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, Austin said.

Finally, the season concludes with “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a heartwarming musical that brings the beloved characters from the Peanuts comic strip to life. This production is perfect for families and fans of all ages. It will run July 18-21, 2024.

All performances will take place at The John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center at ECC. For more information on “Season: Unlimited” or to learn about auditions, visit

“Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” Brings Christmas in July at ECC Theatre

June 8, 2022 | Campus News Performing Arts Theatre

The East Central College Theatre Department will be celebrating “Christmas in July” with its summer production of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play.”

The performances will be July 21- 23 at 7:30 p.m. and July 24 at 2 p.m. in the John Anglin Performing Arts Center in Hansen Hall. The show is directed by John Anglin with musical direction by Paula Nolley.

Anglin explained that the show is set in a New You City radio studio. The set is decked out with three large Christmas trees, and much more to bring the holiday season to life this July.

John Anglin and David Sutton are pictured Tuesday, June 7, with a 3D model of the set of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play.” The pair worked on the set in the John Anglin Performing Arts Center in Hansen Hall. Anglin is directing the show that he calls “Christmas in July,” and Sutton is a cast member. Sutton has been in performances directed by Anglin spanning five decades. This summer’s show will be July 21- 23 at 7:30 p.m. and July 24 at 2 p.m.

“This is really going to be a great show,” he said. “The whole show is in a radio studio with a lot of sound effects going on — we are going to have a lot of fun.”

The musical was adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith with original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz. This heartwarming, family-friendly classic includes live foley effects and jazzy arrangements of holiday carols.

To order tickets, visit For questions regarding tickets, contact the Box Office at 636-584-6693 or

Anglin noted that he handpicked the cast members, who he knows will bring a lot of great energy and fun moments to the production.

The cast is: David Sutton, Lydia Clary, Elizabeth Clary, Andrew Clary, George Meyer, Darrell Herron, Bethany Herron, Carol Buescher, Patty Kellmann and Nora Clary.

“It is a great cast of heavy hitters,” Anglin commented. “I have been working with some of the cast members for many years.”

That includes Sutton, who has been on stage in Anglin’s productions spanning five decades.

Anglin added that this production is a family affair, with father and daughter Darrell Herron and Bethany Herron; and four members of the Clary family — Andrew and Elizabeth, and their daughters Lydia and Nora.

Each summer, Anglin selects and directs a show at the College. He said he picked “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” based on the script.

“I really like it and I don’t ever do a show I don’t really like,” he said. “If I am going to be thinking about it for a good year, I don’t ever want to do a show that I don’t enjoy.”

ECC Foundation to Hold Patrons Kickoff Event

May 27, 2022 | Campus News ECC Rolla Film and Lecture Series Performing Arts Theatre

Get ready to roll out the blanket and open up the picnic baskets for the East Central College Foundation kickoff of its 2022-23 Patrons of the Arts season.

The Patron’s event will be Thursday, June 9, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Röbller Vineyard & Winery, located at 275 Robller Vineyard Road in New Haven.

There is a fun evening in store for the annual kickoff, including music by the band, “Friends of Aaron,” live art demonstrations by an ECC student, a group art project and more.

Heavy Appetizers and wine will be served during the outdoor event.

The kickoff is an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening of great food and music, while taking in some of the best ECC has to offer, according to Bridgette Kelch. executive director of the ECC Foundation.

The Patrons program benefits the art, theater and music departments at the College and provides scholarships, she added.

“We invite the community to help enhance the cultural and artistic life of our area and the students at East Central College by becoming a member of the Patrons of the Arts,” Kelch said.

“The arts have the remarkable ability to inspire imaginations, foster communication, and broaden our minds.”

Sponsorship/membership opportunities are as follows:

Marquee Patron — $4,000+
Includes 10 tickets to all patrons performances and receptions.
Headline sponsorship for a show.

Grand Patron — $2,500+
Includes 8 tickets to all patrons performances and receptions.
Headline sponsorship for a show.

Spotlight Patron — $1,000+
Includes 6 tickets to all patrons performances and receptions.

Premier Patron — $500+
Includes 4 tickets to all patrons performances and receptions.

Front Row Patron — $250+
Includes 2 tickets to all patrons performances and receptions.

Centerstage Patron — $125+
Includes 1 ticket to all patrons performances and receptions.

Understudy Patron — $75+
Includes 1 ticket to half of all patrons performances and receptions.

All opportunities include early bird ticketing. Recognition in Patrons of the Arts promotional materials for Centerstage memberships and above.

For more information, contact Hannah Masek at 636-584-6506 or

More information on the Patron Series can be found at

Patron memberships can be purchased at any time. The ECC Foundation is a not-for-profit organization and tax-deductible contributions are under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.

Date Change for ECC ‘Puffs’ Performance

January 28, 2022 | Campus News Performing Arts Theatre

The East Central College Theatre Department has moved the performance of the Off-Broadway smash hit, “Puffs” to April 21-24.

Theatre Department Director Grace Austin, who is directing “Puffs,” said the decision to reschedule the show from February was made from an abundance of caution.

“This was a difficult choice to make,” she said, “but with COVID cases on the rise and with the hope to have actors unmasked, it was the right choice to keep everyone safe.

“We are thrilled that the entire original cast will be appearing at the April performances.”

“Puffs” was originally slated for performances Feb. 24-27. It now will be performed in April when “Church and State” had been scheduled. “Church and State” will move to next season.

The company of “Puffs” includes ECC Theatre veterans Connor Aubuchon, Dora Bell, Andrew Carter, Johny Cojocaru, Lukus Dement, Mekaela Sanders, Abby Scanlin, Tara Steffens and Sydney Smith.

Also in the cast are newcomers Anne Brock, Ryan Balmer, Joshua Bergin, Jaelyn Bergin, Kaylin Buckingham, Lorelei Edwards, Felicity Enloe, Aiden George, Dominique Harper, Brooklyn Hyatt, Evan Kiriakidis, Ethan Mier, Paige Pelster, Ireland Shortt, Kody Scaggs, Stephen Thompson and Elijah Waters.

“Puffs” tells the story of a familiar seven years at a famous school of magic in an unfamiliar way. Boy wizards, broomsticks and owls abound as our heroes are the “Puffs,” a House long neglected in a certain book series.

Tickets for “Puffs” are on sale now at East Central College will offer both socially distanced and non-socially distanced seating at every performance.

For more information, call Box Office Manager Connor Joyce at 636-584-6693 or visit

ECC Theatre to Hold Auditions for ‘Puffs’

December 16, 2021 | Campus News Performing Arts Theatre

East Central College Theatre will be holding auditions for “Puffs,” the Off-Broadway smash hit in January 2022.

“Puffs” is directed by Grace Austin with choreography by Chris Page Sanders, lighting design by Bess Moynihan, scenic design by Sylvia Sellers, costume design by Carly Uding, prop design by Dora Bell, and puppet design by Skyler Hunt.

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the “Puffs,” who just happened to be there too. Discover the hilarious and untold story of the “losers” who embrace being badgers and strive to be “third or nothing.”

Auditions will be held Monday, Jan. 3 and Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at ECC and consist of readings from the script. Audition signups are first come, first served and performers only need to attend one night. Callbacks will be held Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Performances will be held Feb. 24-27, 2022 in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center. Rehearsal will occur every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:30-9 pm (please bring a copy of any conflicting schedule to auditions. Actors are only called when needed).

We are casting up to 30 actors ages 15+ (most roles are open to all ages and genders).

Rehearsal schedules, character breakdowns, audition readings, COVID protocols, and more can be found at Auditions are open to everyone.

Email questions to Austin at

Auditions to be Held for ‘Classic Mystery Game’

August 6, 2021 | Campus News Performing Arts Theatre

The East Central College Theatre Department has announced the 2021-22 season’s slate of performances, kicking off with “Classic Mystery Game,” a parody of the 1985 movie, “Clue.”

The next step for the department is to hold auditions for the interactive performance that will ask the audience “Whodunit?”

Theatre Department Director Grace Austin said auditions will be held Aug. 25 -26 at 6:30 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center and will consist of scripts readings.

She added that the readings will be available here beginning Tuesday, Aug. 10. Actors will be masked during auditions and rehearsals.

Not a Typical Show

Austin said the “Classic Mystery Game” is not a typical performance because the audience will have a say in the outcome and will be asked to vote on who they think is guilty.

The show will be directed by Bess Moynihan and performances will be held Oct. 7-10. Audience members will be masked and socially distanced.

“We’re hoping to make the experience as normal as possible and we are really encouraging people to come out and support the department,” Austin said.

“We are so grateful for all of the support we had last year for the outdoor theatre and we are really hoping that people want to come and spend time with us indoors this year in a safe manner.”

“Classic Mystery Game,” written by Keating, parodies the movie “Clue,” written by Jonathan Lynn which was based on the game, CLUEDO (known as Clue in North America.), created by Anthony E. Pratt.

The show will offer a look at life through the lens of the iconic film, and Clue, the family game night favorite with thrills, spills and, of course- kills.

Roles Available

The following roles are available to any actors age 16 and up:

  • Ms. Scarlet — Female, she’s beautiful, well dressed, opinionated and probably up to something.
    • Col. Mustard-Male, he’s usually confused about… everything.
    • Mrs. White — Female, A heightened sense of drama, she’s dressed for a funeral and suspicious as ever.
    • Prof. Plum — Any gender, equal parts sweet and salty, what is it they teach again?
    • Mrs. Peacock — Female, Over the top and overly chatty with a scream that could cut glass.
    • Mr. Green — Any gender, An uptight square with a questionable career.
    • Yvette — Female- A woman with an impossible French accent and impractical amounts of cleavage.
    • Mr. Boddy — Any gender, the architect of all this madness, or are they?
    • Clown No. 1 — Any Gender, plays The Cook and The Motorist.
    • Clown No. 2 — Any Gender, plays The Cop, The Singing Telegram Girl, and The Evangelist.

More information about auditions can be found here.

ECC Theatre to Present ‘GRITS: The Musical’

July 15, 2021 | Campus News Performing Arts Theatre

The East Central College Theatre Department will present “GRITS: The Musical” for its summer performance.

“Grits: The Musical” is based on the popular book “GRITS (Girls Raised in the South) Friends Are Forevah,” and it follows four Southern women from four different generations as they reminisce about their pasts and speak to their futures.

The performances will be July 22- 24 at 8 p.m. and July 25 at 2 p.m. in the John Anglin Performing Arts Center in Hansen Hall.

The show is being directed by John Anglin, and it stars four female leads: Charlotte, Rebecca Brinker; Georgia, Bethany Herron; Virginia, Patty Kellmann and Florence “Flo,” Shanee Haynes.

Herron also is choreographing the show.

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“This is a family-oriented show,” Anglin said. “It is fun to see these four women reminiscing through modern monologue about growing up in the South.”

The performance was slated for last year, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anglin noted that he had to recast part of the cast that originally had been slated to perform in 2020, but the cast and crew is ready for the performance.

He added that the ECC production has a few differences compared to the original musical.

“The set is quite different than the original production, which was just four stools,” Anglin said. “Our set includes a façade of a house and a porch — and we use a lot of slides from the 50s in the South.”

The music director for the performance is Paula Nolley and the stage manager is Madison Skiljan. The scenic designer is Sylvia Sellers, lighting designer is Baylee Speer, sound is by Jarred Smider and scenic painting is by Vince Neihaus.

Set Construction was done by Anglin and Scott Mirly, costumes were done by Kellmann, Vickie Danley and Carol Buescher; and Herron is the social media coordinator for the performance.

The band for “GRITS” is Paula Nolley, piano; Colton Lutz, guitar, Cole Parsons, bass; and Colton Johnson, percussion.

Real Couples to Star in ECC’s ‘Almost, Maine’ Production

April 5, 2021 | Campus News Performing Arts Theatre

The next East Central College Theatre Department’s production, “Almost, Maine” follows the journey of eight couples for one night.

And it is fitting that the cast includes three real-life couples.

“Almost, Maine,” written by John Cariani tells the story of the couples during the Aurora Borealis, as relationships are formed, broken and rediscovered.

The filmed production will be directed by Grace Austin with Shania Wilson, Sebastion Montowine and Jacob Fitts. It will be professionally filmed by Route Three productions. “Almost, Maine” will be available for viewing April 30 through May 2.

Scenic and lighting design will be by Bess Moynihan and costume design will be by Harley Vuocolo.

Wilson will serve as head stage manager and Head will serve as assistant director.

Real-life couples performing in “Almost, Maine” are Elin and John Schmidt, Trish Baker and Jonathan Robertson, and CJ Satterfield and Tiffany Holzem.

The couples are joined by the actor pairings of Tara Steffens and Kyle Counts, Briley Howell and Andrew Carter, and Sebastian Montowine and Harley Vuocolo. Also in the performance are Dora Bell, Sydney Smith, Isaac Corum, Sarah Hopp, Jessie Patterson, Lukas Dement and Sarah Serbus.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit