Join the journey of a son and his family who must decide what to do with 80-year-old Pap whose strength may be failing, but whose mind is as sharp as the proverbial tack.
CAST & CREW:
KEVIN EYER, Director
Kevin grew up on a dairy farm on the west side of Goshen, IN. He graduated from Northwood High School many years ago and currently lives in Elkhart. He has been a 4-H leader for 26 years and is the Lead Designer in the Essenhaus Village Gift Shops. Among his many creative talents, Kevin also has a passion for cooking! He offers instructional hands-on classes at Essenhaus every year. Kevin has many past experiences working for Goshen Community Theatre, Nappanee Civic Theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre, and as director of Liberty Players Drama Team. He has played Barber in Man of LaMacha, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace just to name a few! A little known fact about him is that he would love to be a politician.
STEPHANIE ISLEY, Stage Manager
Stephanie grew up in Elkhart, IN and graduated from Elkhart Memorial in 2005. Today she lives with her husband of five years, Nick, and their 4-year-old son, Jaxon, in Goshen. Stephanie has played lead roles in several productions including Cinderella in Cinderella, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Patsy in Crazy for You, and Violet in State Fair. A little known fact about Stephanie is that she has broken almost every bone in her body except for her collarbone and left leg. During her last show in December she broke her foot but still tap-danced. This year she broke her wrist in two places but that hasn’t stopped her! “The show must go on”, she says.
RANDY ZONKER, playing Pap
Randy is a long-time resident of Elkhart and has a wonderful family consisting of his wife Tami, five children, six grandsons, a granddaughter, and one great granddaughter! Randy’s daughter Stephanie is the stage manager for this show. He has previously been cast for many roles including Mayor Shinn in Music Man, Wily Post in Will
Rogers Follies (a show which he also directed), Mr. Witherspoon in Arsenic & Old Lace and many others. A little known fact about him is he doesn’t like acting!
HOPE SMITH, playing Hope (the nurse)
Hope is a recent graduate of Northridge High School and is planning on going to college. Hope has two years experience acting for Judgment House at her church. A little known fact about Hope is that she aspires to get her pilot’s license.
GARY CRIPE, playing Elliot
Gary grew up and lives in the area. He has experience in acting and has participated in several other productions. Gary has played Professor Harold Hill in Music Man, Captain John Black in M.A.S.H., and Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic & Old Lace. In his free time he enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and spending time with his wife Shayne and three sons Seth, Caleb, and Aaron.
MATT KILMER, playing Frank
Matt was born and raised in the area and graduated from Northridge in 1983. He has acted in several dinner theatre productions at Liberty Community Church over the past ten years. He is married to Tina (playing “Colleen”).
JAMISON SCHROCK, Playing Greg
Jamison is from the Wakarusa area and is the son of local columnist Rhonda Schrock. He has three crazy brothers. He has been involved in numerous theatrical productions. His roles have included Indio from West Side Story, Mendel from Fiddler on the Roof, Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose, Brad Benedict in Done to Death, King Theseus in Midsummer’s Night Dream, Reverend Harper in Arsenic & Old Lace, Uncle Willie in The Philadelphia Story, Apostle Peter in The Robe, and Keith Burgess in Stage Door. A little known fact about Jamison is that he can cook minute rice in 59 seconds.
TINA KILMER, playing Colleen
Tina is originally from Terra Haute, and moved to Goshen when she was 5 with her family. She has been married to her husband Matt (“playing Frank”) for 26 years and they have three sons: Nick, Joshua and Steven. She enjoys the company of her daughter-in-law (Steven’s wife) Laura. Tina has been in several productions over the years including Crystal Cathie-Drawl in The Case of the Missing Teacher. Under the direction of Kevin Eyer, she has performed in many additional productions with the Liberty Players. A little known fact about Tina is that she went to college to become a criminal lawyer.
KAREN JOHNSTON, playing Minnie
Karen was born and raised in Elkhart. She is married with 3 married daughters and nine grandchildren. Karen has been very active in several productions at the Elkhart Civic Theatre and has even directed Greater Tuna and Smoke on the Mountain at Adamsville Road Church, as well as several children’s productions. She has been acting since 1989 and has performed in over fifty shows! Some of her roles include Penny in You Can’t Take it With You, Abby & Martha in Arsenic & Old Lace (two different shows), Emily Brant in And Then There Were None, Grace in Grace & Glorie, Marvalin in Almost Maine, and Aunt Harriett in Man Who Came to Dinner.