‘The Nerd’ takes Woodstock stage in November

Staff Report

WOODSTOCK, Ill. — When someone saves your life, but they turn out to be the most annoying, clueless and dense person on the planet, what do you do? That’s the dilemma facing architect Willum Cubbert and his friends in the hilarious comedy The Nerd, the next TownSquare Players (TSP) production at the Woodstock Opera House.

Director/Set Designer Roger Zawacki of Johnsburg and producer Carrie MacDonald of McHenry are leading the Nov. 8-24 production from McHenry County’s oldest community theater group. The Nerd was written by Larry Shue, who also authored the play The Foreigner (produced by TownSquare Players in 2002). The Nerd ran on Broadway for more than 400 performances in the late 1980s with a cast that featured Star Wars actor Mark Hamill.

The TSP production stars a talented cast from throughout the area, including: Tim Vance (Willum Cubbert) of Carpentersville; Lars Burke (Thor Waldgrave), Jeff Cook (Axel Hammond), Karen Jorgensen (Tansy McGinnis), and Jim Pierce (Rick Steadman), all of Crystal Lake; and Odette Little (Clelia Waldgrave) and Paul Lockwood (Warnock “Ticky” Waldgrave), both of Woodstock.

In addition to Zawacki and MacDonald, other staff members include: Sabaah Juahar-Rizvi of Carpentersville, costume designer; David Baker of Woodstock, technical coordinator, set construction and sound engineer; Greg Boyd of Woodstock, light board operator; Daniel Rosenfield of Woodstock, stage manager; Katelin Stack-Baker of Woodstock, properties manager; and Ryan Tipton of Woodstock, lighting designer.

An opening-night reception is planned at the Opera House immediately after the first performance Friday, Nov. 8.

Performances are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to www.woodstockoperahouse.com, call the Woodstock Opera House box office at (815) 338-5300 or visit the box office, 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock, Ill. Individual tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, and $13 for students. Group discounts are also available.

From the Nov. 6-12, 2013, issue

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