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The Play That Came to New

Monday 9 May, 2016
by Jacqui Willing
New College's 2016 play, "The Man Who Came to Dinner" has concluded its hilarious run and will surely be remembered as an entertaining production proudly created by the New College community.

The cast perform "The Man Who Came to Dinner"

New College’s annual production has concluded its run in a final fit of laughter that left audiences, cast and crew entertained and with fond memories. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s play, “The Man Who Came to Dinner” took to the New College stage for the third and last time on Saturday 7th May in a hysterical evening that was attended by more than 250 family, friends, residents and alumni.

The three-act classic satire, set in 1930s Ohio, combined an amusing mix of oddball characters and cracking one-liners in a hilarious tale of romance, family drama and escalating mayhem. Complete with an axe murderer, an Egyptian mummy, and seemingly random penguins the play followed the insufferable yet hilarious difficulties of famous radio personality Sheridan Whiteside and his escapades with the quaint Stanley family.

With 13 subcommittees working to construct and design the set, organise costumes, props, hair and makeup, technical equipment, backstage, front of house, promotion, fundraising and live band performances, the college community was on hand to ensure the production lived up to the high quality expected of New College plays. The talented cast of 20 included:

  • Ben Spratt – Sheridan Whiteside
  • Nicola Illiadis – Maggie Cutler
  • Thomas Capell-Hattam – Bert Jefferson
  • James Nicol – Mr. Ernest Stanley
  • Lauren Sullivan – Mrs Daisy Stanley
  • Hayley Morris – Lorraine Sheldon
  • Ryan Milham – Richard Stanley
  • Emily Blanch – June Stanley
  • Nivetha Ramkumar – Miss Preen
  • Jacqueline Willing – Harriet StanleyDirectors Josh Green and Mirren McGuire and Producers Anabelle Thorne and Henry O'Callaghan
  • Dan Unger – John (the Butler)
  • Bri Watts – Sarah (the cook)
  • James Hughes – Dr. Bradley
  • Benjamin Phelps – Professor Metz
  • Tom Von Stieglitz – Sandy
  • Daniel Larratt – Beverly Carlton
  • Michael Tran – Banjo
  • Alexis O’Connor – Mrs Dexter
  • Emily Trigge – Mrs McCutcheon
  • John Ryan – Convict

The production could not have been possible without the dedication and passion of the hardworking directors, Mirren “Sugar” McGuire and Josh “Pensive” Green and producers Annabelle “Nigel” Thorne and Henry “Noddy” O’Callaghan.

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