September 16 – 18

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

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Sophia is a freshman at Batavia High School and is excited to perform in her second play here after Animal Farm. Thank you all for coming to see the show and I hope you enjoy it!

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TJ is a junior at BHS and is very excited be a part of this production. It is his sixth show here at BHS, but first time in the black box! He is incredibly grateful for all of the cast and crew involved.

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Violet is thrilled to be partaking in her sixth show at Batavia High School. She will impress people in college with poetry she memorized for this play, but for now, she’ll enjoy her time in the cast. She hopes the show can captivate your souls as much as it has hers.

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

This is Zoe’s 11th show at BHS and the first show that she has assistant directed. She said ” The process of helping direct this show has been incredible. There are so many small details that we put into it that most often go ignored; it’s this small things that truly make the show magical and its been awesome to watch it unfold” She hopes everyone enjoys the powerful journey of Poe and truly gets lost in the illusions of his world.

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Mac is a freshman at Batavia High and this is her 7th production overall. Mac would like to thank everyone involved in the productions and hopes that everyone enjoys Nevermore!

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This is Maddie’s 4th show at Batavia and she couldn’t be happier to be in such an amazing show. She can’t wait for everyone to come see it.

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This will now be Mitch’s second performance with the high school. He is super excited to have a chance to participate in Nevermore. Mitch has done a total of 4 performances and he hopes to continue with the theatre program.

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This is Ravyn’s fifth show at BHS and you may recognize her as Squealer from Animal Farm earlier this year. She is beyond thrilled to be a part of such a fun and unique show. She is so thankful to be a part of such an amazing cast and crew and hopes you enjoy the performance!

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Ronnie is a junior here at BHS. Ronnie has enjoyed performing for others and can’t wait to show off this amazing show for you. A big thanks to every single person that has come together to make this show what it is. Enjoy the show!

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Sarah is a freshman at Batavia High School. This is her second show with the school and she is very excited to be in it. She wants to thank all of her friends and family for helping here to get here, and the cast and crew. She hopes you enjoy!

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!

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Gemma is a junior previously in shows such as I Remember Mama (Christine), Theory of Relativity (Julie) and Animal Farm (Napoleon) at the high school, as well as The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch) and Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). She also studied at Actors’ Training Center and Piven Theatre Workshop.

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Ivan is a senior and this is his 10th show and final play at Batavia High School. He is so excited to be giving you all his final performance in Nevermore! Everyone coming to see him in these shows has meant the world to him and he hopes you all enjoy everything this one has to offer!

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Jayden is a freshman who enjoys performance even though he has stage fright. (He says you can laugh) This is his third show. He’s a theatre kid now, dragged in last year by a friend. He’s hoping to become a thespian. He says ” It’s an extraordinary experience. You’ll discover cool friends”

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Kate is a freshman at Batavia High School. This is her second show overall with BHS. She is very excited to perform!

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Kayla couldn’t be happier to conclude her final BHS play portraying the character Mrs. O’Leary in Nevermore! She wants to thank Mr. Casburn for being such a wonderful director these past 4 years. She hopes that you enjoy this magical show!

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Ashlyn is a junior and is super excited to be in Nevermore. She has been in every show since freshman year and can’t wait to continue her journey! She would like to thank her wonderful family, the Hunecke’s and her amazing friends. She hopes you enjoy the show!

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Mollie/Mr. Whymper

Chloe is a junior at BHS and can’t wait to present to you this exciting and mysterious new play. She has been in seven previous shows at the high school and would like to thank the crew and praise her amazing fellow cast mates. She hopes you enjoy the show.

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Clara is a junior at BHS and this is her eighth show with the theatre program! She is so proud of this cast and crew for all the work they have put into this production and she hopes you enjoy the show!

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This is Desert’s 11th show here at BHS and last black box show. You may recognize him from such shows as Animal Farm and Theory of Relativity. He invites you to join in experiencing this mysterious trip that is this show. He hopes you enjoy it!

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Crew

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Ben Has been working with the theatre program at Batavia High School for nearly every show and is very excited to present another show to an eager audience.

Artistic Team

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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 Farm, I Remember Mama and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. 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.”