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William Gillette: The Professor

Brought to you by Staehly Farm and Winery
Weekends only, July 6th through August 11th, 2019

East Haddam Stage Company hits a milestone! 10th anniversary of live theatre at Gillette Castle State Park! Named Resident Theatre Company at Gillette Castle State Park in 2017, EHSCO is proud to announce the show for this special season: a comedy based on William Gillette's 1890 Victorian farce The Professor. Producing Artistic Director, Kandie Carle, has whittled the massive, 4 act extravaganza down to a 30-minute, 4 character romp.

The four actors are:

  • Derek Clark as The Professor,

  • Priscilla Moore as his aunt, Mrs. Elliot,

  • Megan Daniel as Daisy Thomkins,

  • and George Lombardo as her father, Mr. Thomkins

Written and Directed by Kandie Carle

The play takes place at a resort hotel, The Seventh Sister Inn, summer 1890. When the Professor's sister Fanny invites him to join her, it isn't just to see the countryside, she has her sights on being a matchmaker! While her naive but brilliantly scientific brother tries, he stumbles (literally and figuratively) all over the place. And Daisy's father has a thing or two to say about this young man's attentions to his daughter. The fun includes clever repartee, a signature of William Gillette's comedic style. Will the bumbling Professor win the young lady in the end? Come see the show to find out!

(Gillette originally set the show at a resort in New Hampshire, but EHSCO is placing it in East Haddam, giving the fictional Inn the name Gillette originally gave his retirement home in the early 1900s, the Seventh Sister, which is now known as Gillette Castle)

East Haddam Stage Company at Gillette Castle State Park, 67 River Road, East Haddam CT

The comedy: The Professor

Weekends only, July 6th through August 11th, 2019

Shows are 30 minutes and run at 1:00pm and again at 2:30pm on the outdoor stage near the house

Sponsored by Staehly Farm and Winery, the shows are free and open to the public

The audience area is wheelchair accessible. There is limited bleacher and bench seating, so visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

Unless rain is actually coming out of the sky onto the stage at show time, the show will go on.

The Cast:

Derek Clark Bristol CT

Derek has been acting since his youth when he performed in many shows at the Warner Theatre in Torrington CT. He has appeared with many community theatres since, and regularly participates in dinner theater. He also enjoys working background for films shot in the state. "I am honored to be a part of this historic play by William Gillette. I would like to dedicate my performance in memory of fellow actor Andy Jaworski."

George Lombard, Glastonbury CT

George is an actor, singer, composer, conductor, and piano tuner. He has performed with many professional and non-professional organizations throughout New England including the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, Seven Angels Theater, Majestic Theater in Springfield. He has played such diverse roles as Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Sam Byck in Assassins, Sister Amnesia in Nunsense Amen, and Horton the Elephant in Seusical the Musical. A classically trained tenor, George has sung with Connecticut Opera, CONCORA, and many vocal ensembles

Megan Daniel, New Haven CT

Megan is excited to make her East Haddam Stage Company debut. Recent credits include Jess in the staged reading of The Resurrectionists, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Eleanor Dare in The Mystery of the Lost Colony. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts, with a concentration in Musical Theatre from East Carolina University in 2017. There, her credits included a member of the Greek chorus in Medea, Abortion Girl in Machinal, and Pam/Ensemble in RENT.

Priscilla Moore, Old Saybrook CT

Priscilla is pleased to be joining EHSCO for the current season at Gillette Castle. She is a writer, performer, and dog trainer when not researching tax law or otherwise procrastinating. Theatrically, she has performed with Hartford Stage and the Crescent Players at SCSU, as well as with local playwrights in new works. She's a founding member of Madame Thalia's Vaudeville Troupe and can usually be found near a stage or behind a book, preferably with a dog.  




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