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

This is the fourth production Sophia has been a part of at BHS and first one this year as a sophomore. She has had a lot of fun working on this show and can’t wait for all of you to see it.

Crew

Crew

Cast

Cast

T.J. is a senior at BHS, and this is his 8th production in the drama program here. He is so excited for you to experience this wonderful show, and would like to thank everyone involved.

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

Lily is so thrilled and grateful to be part of such an amazing production team! As a junior at BHS, she is a part of Chamber Singers, Wind Symphony, and Chromatics. 42nd Street is her fifth production at BHS and her second as the Student Music Director. She is so thankful for her family and friends as well as Mr. Barsch and Mr. Cattero for supporting her!

Cast

Cast

Mackenzie is a sophomore. She has done four shows with BHS. She is very excited to be in this show and hopes you enjoy it.

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

This is Madeline’s second show assistant directing and she couldn’t be more excited. Seeing each cast member grow and shine in their own way is so exciting. She cannot wait for everyone to enjoy the magic that is 42nd street.

Cast

Cast

Matthew is utterly thrilled to present each and every one of you beautiful people with this magical show. Matthew hopes that his skills learned in The SpongeBob Musical, Theory of Relativity, and BSF (BHS’ Improv Troupe) will aid in dazzling you all. Put on your groovin’ pants; It’s time to boogie.

 

Cast

Cast

Mitch is in his sophomore year at Batavia High School and has done several plays and a musical.  This is Mitch’s 2nd musical. Mitch is super excited for being able to participate in the theater program and having the opportunity to get more experience with acting. He really hopes that you enjoy the show!

Cast

Cast

Ravyn is so excited to be in 42nd Street! This is only her second musical at the high school after doing Spongebob last year. Learning tap for 42nd Street has definitely been a challenge but she loved doing it and performing in this show.

Crew

Crew

Ronni is a Senior here at BHS and is so excited to be apart 42nd street. 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 sophomore at Batavia High School. She has been in a few shows there, including Animal Farm, Nevermore, and was in tech for SpongeBob. She is very happy to be in 42nd Street, and she hopes you enjoy the hard work everyone has put into the show.

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, a senior, was 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 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, a Sophomore, is excited to be in his 4th show at BHS(Animal Farm, Nevermore, Spongebob, and 42nd Street). Even if he’s just a guy who walks across the stage with a rope, he says, “It’s still a great experience, with lots of friends. Enjoy the show!”

 

Cast

Cast

This is Kate’s fourth show and second musical at BHS. She is so excited for everyone to see 42nd street and would like to thank everyone who worked so hard for it to be possible. Enjoy the show!

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!

Crew

Crew

Lexie is excited for the show! This is her 3rd production at BHS and 2nd as a crew member. She has been involved in both community theatre as well as school shows since she was in third grade. She hopes that everyone enjoys the show!

Cast

Cast

Abe is super excited for his last musical at BHS, and is grateful to be a part of such an amazing production. He enjoys being very involved in the amazing music and theatre programs here at BHS. Past productions include Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!, The Theory of Relativity, Animal Farm, and Spongebob the Musical. He is also on the improv troupe But Seriously Folks…, and enjoys being in Chromatics and Swinsingers at BHS. He thanks his family and friends for supporting him in doing something he loves and will cherish for the rest of his life. Enjoy the show!

Cast

Cast

Ashlyn is a senior at BHS and is so excited to be in this years production of 42nd street! She is so proud of all the work her and her costars have put into this show and hopes you enjoy it! She would like to thank her family for always supporting her, even as she enters college to major in theater.

 

Cast

Cast

Mollie/Mr. Whymper

Chloe is thrilled to be a part of her 10th BHS show, 42nd street! She is honored to be this cast’s dance captain and help her cast mates master tap. She is so very proud of how they’ve stepped up to the plate. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Cast

Cast

Clara Patterson is a senior and 42nd Street is her fourth and final musical performance at BHS! Clara is incredibly proud of all the hard work this cast and crew put in to make this show amazing, and hopes you 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 junior at Batavia High School and this is her fourth production at BHS. She is so excited for everyone to see this amazing show and hopes you enjoy!

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

Play Director

Play Director

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.”