Belleville West Little Theatre presents contest drama is 'To Gillian on her 37th Birthday'

March 19, 2014 

The Belleville West Little Theatre will present "To Gillian on her 37th Birthday," its annual contest drama, at 7 tonight at the Belleville West Performing Arts Center, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West.

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Two years after the tragic boating accident that claimed his wife, David (senior Jacob Cange) still mourns the loss of his beloved Gillian (sophomore Bailey Guinn). He has quit his job as a college professor, grown distant from his teen-aged daughter (freshman Rachel Deschaine), and moved to the family's vacation house on the beach, where -- on some nights -- he is visited by Gillian's spirit.

On a weekend in August--which marks both the anniversary of the accident and Gillian's 37th birthday--the family gathers to remember Gillian and to nudge David back into his life. His daughter returns home, his brother-in-law (sophomore Nathan Hirst) brings a job proposal, his strong-willed sister-in-law (senior Julie Graham) issues an ultimatum, and a friend from David's past (senior Reagan Deschaine) reappears.

The original New York production starred Belleville West graduate David Rasche.

The contest play will compete against other area schools to win a berth in the IHSA state tournament. This year's sectional competition will be held on Friday and Saturday.

The production is directed by Laurie Bielong and John Lodle. Student directors are seniors Cheyenne Alford, Dean Fults, Nick Klein and Ethan Seaman; juniors Jake Bernstein, Tyler Herron, and Noah Murakami; and sophomore Alexis Radden.

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