2013-2014 Theatre Season

Gone Missing: March/April 2014

Gone Missing

By the Civilians

Directed by Wendy Dann
Music Direction by Joel Gelpe
Clark Theatre
Previews Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Opens Thursday, March 27, 2014
Closes Saturday, April 5, 2014

Your car keys. Your dog. Your grandmother's ring—Gone Missing, a musical constructed by the Civilians from street interviews, is a whimsical detour for the ensemble known for its vital and “investigative” theatre. Branded “fresh, breezy, and very funny indeed,” by the New York Times, this musical documents how we cope with the things that simply disappear out of our lives. 

Cast Biographies

Gone Missing
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Kathryn Allison

Megan Beard

Nick Carroll

Sean Grandillo

Stephen Humes

Elise Myette

Josh Rivera

Alanna Smith


Lily Waldon as Teri

Nate Fishburn as Dr. Palinurus


Female Covers: Julia Bain and Caroline Gorland

Male Covers: Aaron Alcaraz and Drew Lausch

Creative Team Biographies

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Ashlynne Abraham (Costume Designer) is a junior B.F.A. theatrical production arts major from Tecumseh, Michigan. Ithaca College mainstage credits include assistant costume designer for Suor Angelica, wardrobe assistant for Gianni Schicci, assistant scenic charge for Legally Blonde, and dresser for Light in the Piazza. Other credits include costume shop intern at The Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan.

Wendy Dann (Director/Musical Staging) is a director and playwright and is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. She is the director and coauthor of Sammy & Me, a one-man musical with Eric Jordan Young, with productions at the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia), the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, New York), MusicalFare Theatre (Buffalo, New York), and the National Black Theatre Festival. Regional work includes Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, as well as seven seasons as associate artistic director under Kevin Moriarty at the Hangar Theatre. Her play, The Strangest Thing, was a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 O'Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference, and she received the 2013 NYFA fellowship in playwriting. She is a founding member of Breaking Bread Theatre and holds an M.F.A. in directing from Syracuse University. She is a member of SDC and Dramatists Guild of America.

Joel Gelpe (Music Director/Keyboardist) is the music director and accompanist for the Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts. He has been the music director for the national tours of Evita, 42nd Street, and A Chorus Line; keyboardist for Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway and national tour); orchestral conductor for Albuquerque Philharmonic; composer/lyricist for musicals (The Little Moon Theatre, Revenge of the Garbage Monsters, The Little House of Cookies, and Pot Shots) and recordings (Civility in America and TADA’s Greatest Hits); music director for Wyatt Earp ("H.M.S. Pinafore" sequence); pianist for Disney’s Off Beat; and lead writer for the interactive music theory website TheoryInABox.org.

Bree Harchuck (Stage Manager) is a senior B.A. drama major. Ithaca College main-stage credits include stage manager for Fires in the Mirror, senior directing project The Stonewater Rapture and JON with IC No Bucks, and assistant stage manager for Translations and senior directing project Fool for Love. Other stage management credits include the Wedge production of Artichoke Hearts and assistant stage manager for KIDDStuff productions Pinkalicious! and With Two Wings.

Christine LemMon (Technical Director) is a senior B.F.A. theatrical production arts major from Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include assistant technical director for Into the Woods, master carpenter for Spring Awakening, wardrobe supervisor for Working, and assistant scenic charge for Light in the Piazza.

Roy Lightner (Musical Staging) has done choreographic work spanning from musical theatre to concert dance. Credits include New York City Opera’s Lucky to Be Me (Lincoln Center, assistant to Peggy Hickey), Miss Saigon (Sondheim Center), the original work In Your Eyes (Miller- Marley Youth Ballet), Hairspray (W.O.B. at the Sondheim Center), Hound of the Baskervilles (Cape Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, Westin Playhouse, Depot Theatre) Throughly Modern Millie, Good News, Urban Cowboy, Starmites, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and assistant director for No Way to Treat a Lady (Cape Playhouse). Last year he choreographed IC’s production of Legally Blonde. He has worked with Donna Murphy, Cheyenne Jacskon, Kelli O’Hara, Michael Urie, Victoria Clark, Christine Ebersole, and Michael Cerveris. Performance credits include Holland America’s Grand World Voyage (lead singer/dancer), Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center), Kansas City Symphony (guest soloist), Stages St. Louis, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Geva Theatre, Oklahoma City Rep, and Music Theatre of Wichita’s Cats (Mungojerrie), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon), West Side Story (Baby John), Seussical (Wickersham), Hairspray (IQ), The Full Monty, Phantom, Aida, Beauty and the Beast, and more, totaling over 40 productions.

Ryan Mutton (Sound Designer) is a senior B.F.A. theatrical production arts major working on his capstone. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include assistant sound designer and mixer for Into the Woods, sound engineer for Legally Blonde, and sound engineer for Plumfield, Iraq. Other credits include assistant sound supervisor at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Ravi (Riw) Rakkulchon (Scenic Designer) is a junior B.F.A. theatrical production arts major from Bangkok, Thailand. Ithaca College mainstage credits include props master for Man from Nebraska, scenic charge for Enemy of the People, painter for Magic Flute, props artisan for Light in the Piazza, and electrician for Working. Other credits include scenographer for Parent Stories with Civic Ensemble in Ithaca and associate scenic design for The Trial after Kafka with Democrazy Theatre in Bangkok.

E-hui Woo (Lighting Designer) is a junior B.F.A. theatrical production arts major from Singapore. Previous Ithaca College main-stage credits include assistant lighting designer for Translations, co-master carpenter for Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, and electrics crew for The Magic Flute. Other credits include lighting and sound designer for My Children! My Africa!, programmer for Ithaca College’s Commencement Eve Concert, and production intern for American Realness 2014, NY, and Akram Khan Company and Finborough Theatre, London.

Press & Photos

Gone Missing
“Gone Missing” to be Found at IC Theatre

Ithaca College Theatre will present the contemporary musical, “Gone Missing,” originally created by The Civilians. Performances of this production will take place in the Clark Theatre at 8 p.m. on March 25, 27, 28, 29, and April 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. A 2 p.m. matinee will take place on March 29 and 30 and April 5.

Ticket prices range between $5.50 and $11 and may be purchased beginning March 17 at the Ithaca College Theatre Box Office located in Dillingham Center. Please call (607) 274-3224 or visit www.ithaca.edu/mainstage for more information.

“Gone Missing” was written by Steven Cosson in 2003 from interviews by members* of the New York City-based investigative theatre company, the Civilians. “Gone Missing’s” music and lyrics are composed by Michael Friedman. Each song features a different New Yorker singing of his or her experience of loss, whether the object was a special ring, a favorite scarf or a black Gucci pump. The songs are interwoven with the radio interview of an expert who explains the psychological and physiological impact loss can have on the individual.

The New York Times called “Gone Missing” “a cunningly constructed and charmingly performed show built on real-life interviews with people who have lost something.” Since 2001, The Civilians have led the field of “investigative theater,” blurring the line between the street and the stage and seeking stories relevant to contemporary audiences.

Director Wendy Dann and music director Joel Gelpe lead Ithaca College Theatre’s production. Melanie Hershmann ’15 is assistant director. The design of “Gone Missing” was created by Riw Rakkulchon ‘15 (scenic), E-Hui Woo ‘15 (lighting), Ashlynne Abraham ‘15 (costumes), and Ryan Mutton ’14 (sound). Bree Harchuck ‘15 is the stage manager and Christine LemMon ‘14 is the technical director.

The ensemble cast of “Gone Missing" features Kathryn Allison ’14, Megan Beard ’14, Nicholas Carroll ’14, Nathaniel Fishburn ’15, Sean Grandillo ’15, Stephen Humes ’14, Elise Myette ’14, Josh Rivera ’16, Alanna Smith ’14, and Lily Waldron ’17.

The Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from all across the United States. Throughout the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theatre in a professional model. Visit www.ithaca.edu/theatre/mainstage for more information. Also, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ICTheatreArts) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/ICTheatreArts).

Dillingham Center accommodates all patrons. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact (607)-274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.

* Damian Baldet, Trey Lyford, Jennifer Morris, Brian Sgambati, Alison Weller and Colleen Werthmann.



Michael Friedman
Visit the Dillingham Ticket Office
  Tuesday, March 25 (Preview) 8pm
  Thursday, March 27th (Opening) 8pm
  Friday, March 28th 8pm
  Saturday, March 29th* 2pm
  Saturday, March 29th 8pm
  Sunday March 30th 2pm
  Tuesday, April 1st 8pm
  Wednesday, April 2nd 8pm
  Thursday, April 3rd 8pm
  Friday, April 4th 8pm
  Saturday, April 5th 2pm
  Saturday, April 5th 8pm

* there will be a talk-back with "Gone Missing" composer, Michael Friedman (shown above), following this performance.

The Dillingham ticket office is open noon to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour before show-time.

Since the departure of Ticket Center Ithaca, we are only able to sell tickets at the Dillingham ticket office at this time and can only take cash or checks for purchases. However, since we are currently unable to process credit cards, we are temporarily taking unpaid reservations. Unpaid reservations will be held until 30 minutes prior to curtain time and then be released for sale. Additionally, at this time, we are not able to sell tickets for shows other than Gone Missing. You may reach the ticket office by calling (607) 274-3224 or by e.mailing ictams1@gmail.com.

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