Animal Farm is a fable with a sting. Much has been written about the threat of Communism, but it remained to the late George Orwell, farsighted British author of the brilliant and frightening 1984, to expose the Russian experiment for what it really is; an idealist’s dream, converted by realists into a nightmare. In staged dramatic reading version of this timely allegory you will meet beasts whose prototypes have dominated news headlines for many fearful years. Opening on a note of joyous triumph for the creatures who have emancipated themselves from the cruel mastery of a human owner, the reading mounts inexorably to a climax of disillusionment. Intermingling humor and drama, Animal Farm wrings the emotions of its listeners, leaving audiences shaken with the tale of a tragedy that happened in a mythical barnyard far away but could happen in our own back yard.

Headshot credit: Andrew and Stephanie Schones

Cast

Cast

Cast

Sophia is a junior at BHS and so excited to be in her 8th production here. She has loved getting to prepare for and act in this show and wants to thank all of the people involved in fundraising and tech for helping it happen. Sophia hopes you enjoy the show!

Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

T.J. is a senior at BHS this year, and this is his 9th show here at the high school. He will miss this program so so much, and cannot thank the directors, parents, castmates, and audiences enough. Assistant directing has been super fun, and he feels very lucky to have been given this chance! Casburn has taught him so much throughout this process, and they’re now best friends!! —

This is Zoe’s 12th and final show at BHS. She is so excited that the audiences gets to experience this one of a kind performance in person. With things finally feeling as close to normal as they can, she hopes that everyone has as much fun watching the show as she did during this process.

Student Musical Director

Student Musical Director

 

Cast

Cast

Mackenzie is a junior at BHS and has been in many shows with the drama program. She is very excited to be in this production and would like to thank everyone who helped in the process. She would also like to thank everyone in the audience for coming to see the show.

Cast

Cast

This is one of Madeline’s final BHS productions and she couldn’t be happier to share it with her closest friends. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Cast

Cast

Matthew has done a lot of theater before and is also in this theatrical performance now. He is a big fan of theater and is happy you are here to enjoy theater. Theater.

Cast

Cast

This show will be Mitchell Moss’ seventh show done for the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, along with having his biggest role yet. Before Kodachrome Mitchell has really only had a couple named characters, and none of them being big story critical characters with emotion and passion. Mitchell really feels connected to his character of the history professor, due to him falling into common circumstances through his highschool career that him and his character share. Mitchell has been performing since middle school with some roles in shows like Beauty and the Beast. Mitchell is astronomically excited to have the opportunity to share his passion by providing entertainment for members of his community, along with having the opportunity to see the profound effect that a fantastic theater program can have and offer.

Cast

Cast

Ravyn is so excited to be performing as Lydia in her final production at BHS. This is her ninth show at the high school and she is so thankful to have been a part of such a wonderful program. Her favorite thing in the world is performing with her favorite people. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Crew

Crew

Ronni is a Senior here at BHS and is so excited to be apart Pride and Prejudice. This is Ronni’s second year doing crew but has been in many other performances on the stage as well. Enjoy the show!

Cast

Cast

Sarah Katz is a junior at BHS. Kodachrome is her 7th show she has been involved with in High School. Sarah is so grateful to everyone who has helped her get to this point, including her family, friends, teachers, and directors. She would especially like to thank her mom who has always been there for her and helped her get this far. Sarah is excited for all of you to see Kodachrome, and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she does!

Stage Manager

Stage Manager

Gabrielle is a senior at Batavia High School and this is her 8th show overall and her second one as Stage Manager. She wants to thank everyone involved in the production and hopes the audience enjoys Nevermore!

Cast

Cast

Gemma is a senior previously in shows such as 42nd Street (Dorothy), I Remember Mama (Christine), Theory of Relativity (Julie), and Animal Farm (Napoleon), as well as the play Columbinus (Rebel) at the Albright Theatre. She also studied at Actors’ Training Center in Wilmette and Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston.

Cast

Cast

Jayden is a Junior excited to be a part of his seventh show at BHS. Even though he is only in the acting ensemble, he says “it’s the most important part. A show is only as good as its ensemble.” He loves Kodachrome and its message. Theatre has changed his life, and he hopes this show will change yours!

Cast

Cast

Kate Streepey is a junior at BHS, and Kodachrome is her 6th show of her high school career. After assistant directing Mean Girls, she is very excited to perform again. She would like to thank everyone who contributed, and made this performance amazing.  Enjoy!

Cast

Cast

Kayla, a senior, is so excited to share this underwater spectacular with you as the cast dives deep into the meanings of friendship and perseverance. This is Kayla’s 7th and final show at Batavia High School and she couldn’t be happier to end it off with a bang. She hopes you enjoy the show as much as she does!

Stage Manager

Stage Manager

Lexie is so excited for the show! She is a Junior at BHS and this is her 6th BHS production, and 3rd as a member of the stage management team. In addition to being stage manager, she is a member of swingsingers showchoir. She has loved watching the show come together and knows everyone is going to do great! Break a leg!

Cast

Cast

Abe is so thrilled for the last play of his high school career, and he is excited to share this fun show with you! He is grateful for this drama program and how much it has shaped him and his life. Previous productions include 42nd Street, Animal Farm, and the Theory of Relativity, as well as several shows with the improv troupe, But Seriously Folks… He hopes you enjoy all the hard work the cast, parents, crew, and directors have put in this performance. Enjoy the show!

Cast

Cast

Ashlyn is a senior at Batavia High School, she can’t wait to be in her last show at Batavia Pride and Prejudice! She has has a wonderful year of shows including playing Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, and Edwina Dunbar in Murder on the Rerun. She will be going to Lawrence University next fall for theatre arts! She would like to thank her family and the Hunecke’s for always supporting her!

Cast

Cast

Mollie/Mr. Whymper

Chloe has been a part of 11 previous BHS plays and musicals, and she can’t wait to show the amazing work of this cast and crew for her final time. She is grateful for the support of her family and friends, and hopes you leave this show more appreciative of your loved ones, and with an open mind to others.
Cast

Cast

This is Clara’s twelfth and final show at BHS, but her very first main stage play! She has loved working with the cast and crew of Pride and Prejudice to bring this classic story to life. She hopes that this show inspires you to look beyond your prejudices and open your heart. Enjoy the performance!

This is Desert’s 12th and final show here at the BFAC. It’s been one crazy journey these past 4 years but he’s glad to be ending it off playing his personal idol Squidward. He hopes that you will be blown away by this spectacle of a show.

Cast

Cast

Erin is a senior and this is her sixth show here at BHS, her most recent role being Janis in Mean Girls the musical this fall.  She wants to thank the cast, crew, directors and parent volunteers who made Kodachrome possible. She also wants to thank her family for their unwavering support for all that she does! She hopes you enjoy the show!

Stage Manager

Stage Manager

Hello! Ben is a junior at Batavia High School and this is their first time stage managing a show at Batavia. They’ve assistant stage managed two previous shows and been in crew prior. They hope you enjoy the show!

Artistic Team

Joshua Casburn

Joshua Casburn

Director

Joshua Casburn is honored to be the director of such an amazing cast. Joshua attended Wheaton College and earned a BA in Communications: Theater, and a BA in English. At Wheaton, he was proud to be part of the“Workout” theatre troupe, as it had a profound influence on him artistically. After college, he and other “Workout” alums developed their own theater, Spendrift Theater Company, based out of Glen Ellyn, IL. Mr. Casburn has directed many plays at BHS. Some of his recent directing credits at BHS include productions of Animal FarmThe Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Casburn also has experience producing films. He won “Best Picture” and “Best Screenplay” at the Wheaton College Class Film Festival. He spent some time in Hollywood at the Act One Screenwriting program and has also studied screenwriting in Chicago. He also has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University, and teaches Creative Writing, Theater Arts, and Film as Literature at BHS. His teaching and artistic endeavors are extensions of his most important, most fulfilling job: being a husband to his AMAZING wife Heidi, and a father to four wonderful kids: Hailey, Logan, Elise, and Brendan. “I’m so proud and blessed to have worked with all of these talented young students.