Willy Loman

Ryan Angell plays Willy Loman in the upcoming production of “Death of a Salesman.” 

 

Henderson Civic Theatre prepares for upcoming performances beginning Friday

Time to travel back in time and to a new state with the Henderson Civic Theatre as the cast tells you the story of Willy Loman. The story will take place during the 1930-40s in New York and Boston. 

The final production for the 2018-19 season will be “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. 

This production will be directed by KayCee Fitzgerald. Although it is her first direct with HCT, it is not her first time on or around a stage. 

“This is my debut with Henderson Civic Theatre,” Fitzgerald said. “I have directed a few shows, credits include ‘Game of Tiaras’ and ‘Any Body for Tea?’ As well as designing lights and acting for other productions.”

To help Fitzgerald tell the story of salesman Loman and his last day will be a cast of 13 men and women, along with a crew of five individuals holding multiple roles. 

“When we held auditions I looked for actors who could best represent the characters in the show,” Fitzgerald said. “Also in this show there are a lot of flashbacks and I chose those who could represent different age ranges.”

The story the cast will be portraying is of Loman, who is a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him.

“Even though this is a dramatic play, there are bits of humor throughout,” Fitzgerald said. “So don’t be afraid to laugh!”

The cast did some extensive research to prepare for their performances, looking deeply into the 30s and 40s and the events that took place. 

“This information helped the actors delve into their characters and produce a portrayal of the era,” Fitzgerald said.

The theatre has been designed to draw the audience into the Loman household with a set design by Jimmy Fitzgerald, Travis Driver and Ryan Angell. 

The original title to this production was “The inside of his head” since Miller wrote the play about his uncle who was a salesman.

HCT has dedicated the 2018-19 season to longtime supporter, Dr. David Craig, who always wanted HCT to produce this play. 

To honor Dr. Craig, family and friends will be sharing memories prior to the show times. 

The cast members and their characters in “Death of a Salesman include:

• Willy - Ryan Angell;

• Linda- April Pettigrew;

• Biff - BJ Matlock;

• Happy - John Squires;

• The Woman - Talon Pettigrew;

• Charley - Mike Jimmerson;

• Bernard - Joshua Matlock;

• Ben - Don Everly Smith;

• Howard - Josh King;

• Jenny - Shelby Martin;

• Miss Forsythe - Kayla Belk;

• Stanley - Caleb Matlock; and

• Letta - Myah Warner.

The crew includes:

• Director - KayCee Fitzgerald;

• Assistant Director - Jimmy Fitzgerald;

• Stage Manager - Susan Fitzgerald;

• Set Design - Jimmy Fitzgerald, Travis Driver and Ryan Angell;

• Light Design - KayCee Fitzgerald and Travis Driver;

• Light Board Operator - Jake Fitzgerald; and

• Sound Board Operator - Jimmy Fitzgerald.

The 2019-20 season for HCT will kick off with audtions, in July, for “Frankenstein” and performances in September and October.

For more information about all going on at HCT follow them on Facebook or visit its website at hendersoncivictheatre.org.

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