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February 28, 2013

Westsiders to perform in production of 'The Matchmaker'


- Gan Baker, Mooresville, who plays the ever-depressed Flora Van Huysen, a friend of Dolly's and Vandergelder's late wife. Baker, a retired Mooresville elementary school teacher, has performed in Hendricks Civic Theater ("Wrinkled Reels" and "Wrinkled Rebellion") and has appeared in productions for Footlite Musicals ("Annie") and Merry MAC Players in Martinsville ("Southern Hospitality").

- Laura Madden, Plainfield, who plays Ermengarde, who plays the niece of Vandergelder. Madden, an alumna of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Summer Conservatory in New York City, appeared as Judy Sears in "Trouble in Mind," Mrs. Dubose in "To Kill a Mockingbird," and Clytemnestra in "The Oresteia," all productions of Northern Kentucky University, her alma mater.

- Justin Monts, Mooresville, a Monrovia High School graduate. Monts, who is taking acting classes at IUPUI, plays Barnaby, a clerk in Vandergelder's store who sneaks out to New York City with fellow clerk Cornelius Hackl to find adventure - and their first kiss from a woman. This is Monts' first acting role.

- Robert Routier, Plainfield, who plays Ambrose Kemper, an artist who wants to marry Ermengarde, a match that her uncle opposes. Routier is a graduate of Southport High School.

- Monica Verdouw, Plainfield, who plays Minnie Fay, an assistant in the hat store operated by Irene Molloy. Verdouw performed in two plays at Decatur Central High School - "Romeo and Juliet Blues" (Prince Escalus) and "The Crucible" (Sara Good).

In the lead roles of Dolly Gallagher Levi and Horace Vandergelder are Laura Kelley, of Irvington, and Jonathan Kratzner, of Bloomington, both of whom are making their GSC debuts.

"The Matchmaker" marks Burton's second production with GSC; in last fall's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," he also helped direct and played Peter Quince, leader of the Rude Mechanicals troupe and author of "Pyramus and Thisbe," the "play within a play" performed not-so-smoothly during the wedding celebration for Theseus and Hippolyta. "The Matchmaker" marks the Garfield Shakespeare Company debuts for Baker, Madden, Monts, Routier, and Verdouw.

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