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2013 - 2014 Productions

2013 - 2014 Productions

October 10-12


Lend Me A Tenor



Lend Me A Tenor

It’s 1934 and The Cleveland Grand Opera company prepares to welcome world-famous tenor Tito Morelli for a sold-out, one night only performance. It’s all downhill from there. What transpires is a Tony Award-winning farce full of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and zany humor.

A furiously paced comedy with more than a touch of the Marx brothers, this play is a marvelous combination of wonderful farcical moments and funny lines. Don’t miss this madcap screwball comedy penned by the author of CRAZY FOR YOU and MOON OVER BUFFALO.

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November 21 – 23         Mother Courage and her Children                      



Mother Courage and Her Children

Mother Courage, one of the most astonishing stage creations of the twentieth century, drags her cart across the battlefields, profiteering from a war that destroys her children, one by one. “It isn’t easy, starting a war, but nothing worthwhile is easy. And once you’re in, you’re hooked like a gambler, you can’t afford to walk away from the crapshoot once you’re deep into it.”

Set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War, this masterpiece follows the fate of Mother Courage, an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war. MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN still resonates today as a profound insight into the moral implications of war. 

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March 6 - 9      


The Drowsy Chaperone           



The Drowsy Chaperone

A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you’ve ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good,” this is the show for you!

It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. 

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May 1 - 3





Jez Butterworth’s epic new play JERUSALEM is wildly original. In part a lament about the erosion of country life and in part a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world, the Olivier and Tony Award-winning play features a landmark central character, hell-raiser Johnny Byron, who is ‘so charismatic, so mercurial, so complete and compelling’ and surrounded by a superb ensemble. Together they create a theatrical evening that is hilarious, moving, and inspired.

On St. George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. 

Reserve tickets online or call 402.826.8256.




All performances are in Whitcomb Lee Conservatory on Boswell Avenue unless otherwise noted.



The house opens at 7:00 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening. On Sundays matinees, the house opens at 1:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 2:00 p.m.



Tickets are free to current students, faculty, and staff* or $8 for the general public. Reserve tickets online or call 402.826.8256.  Please understand that making a reservation only reserves the seat, payment is still required.



All cast, crew, and production staff are allowed 2 seats per performance. If you require more, you will need to get approval from

All reservations must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the intended performance. Also, please not that if your party has not arrived by the 15 minute call, your seats will be released to the public.


*We encourage Doane students, staff and faculty to attend the Wednesday premier, or Thursday or Sunday performances. If you have attended a performance already, you will be asked to wait until 7:30 (2:00 on Sunday), at which time you will be seated if there are available seats.



Awards & Accomplishments

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) 2013 awards include:

5 Meritorious Achievement Awards

  • The Cast of Bloody Blood Andrew Jackson - Ensemble Acting
  • Robin McKercher, Boeing Boeing – Direction
  • The Cast of Boeing Boeing – Ensemble Acting
  • Robin McKercher, August: Osage County – Direction
  • Brenda Davis, August: Osage County – Set Design

Irene Ryan Acting Competition

The Irene Ryan Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards 16 regional and two national scholarships annually.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty 'Granny Clampett' in The Beverly Hillbillies.

  • Angeline Dai (w/ partner Joey Robertson) & Andres Kamler (w/ partner Jill Walmer) – Semi-Final Round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition (top 64 out of 324 starting actors)

  • Angeline Dai (w/ partner Joey Robertson) – Final Round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition (top 16 out of 324 starting actors). Angeline's first competition scene was written by Doane theatre major, Ariana Miller

  •  Angeline Dai (w/ partner Joey Robertson) wins 4th place and is the Second Alternate for the trip to Washington DC!!!
    A Doane University first: to place in the honored top tier [only four actors are awarded each year]
  • 6 teams from Doane participated in the Irene Ryans

Design Awards

  • Kim Williams – 1st place in the Barbizon Award in Lighting Design for August: Osage County

For an amazing fourth year in a row, Doane is sending a student designer to Washington DC to compete with the nation's top elite student designers. In 2010 it was Sound Design [Chet Miller]; in 2011 Josh Rajaee in Scenic Design; in 2012 Kim Williams won first place in the Barbizon Award for Lighting (realized lighting design) for Cyrano; and now once again in 2013 Kim wins an amazing paid trip to Washington DC in April to compete with only seven of the other nation’s top student designers (grad and undergrad.)

  • Katie Leware -- 1st place in Tech Portfolio Review

  • Donna Himmelberger – honored slot in 2013 Costume Parade for Boeing Boeing

Production Awards

  • Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – Invited Scene for KCACTF Region V Showcase.

Directing Awards

  • Jimmy Reynolds – Selected 10-Minute Play Festival Director


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