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Academic Theatre Presents An Ideal Husband

Dickey Fine Arts Building
Bouldin Auditorium

Bethel University's Academic Theatre Program will present “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde beginning Thursday, Feb. 20 in Bouldin Auditorium of Bethel’s Dickey Fine Arts Building.

      A romantic and sentimental comedy set in London, “An Ideal Husband” delves into themes of love, passion, and betrayal among the aristocracy. Sir Robert Chiltern, (Ryan McCrory) a brilliant politician and a perfect gentleman, is the ideal husband for the charming Lady Chiltern (Heather Voytek). They have a widely envied and seemingly perfect marriage until charming Mrs. Cheveley (Mallory Sellers) appears with the intention of revealing a dark secret from Chiltern's past. When his world seems to be falling apart, Chiltern turns to his lifelong friend Lord Goring (Bryan Meade) the most eligible bachelor in town. Goring soon finds himself caught up in a web of lies, temptations, and secret liaisons. Furthermore, the persistent charms of Sir Robert's sister Mabel (Elena Spradlin) are becoming a serious threat to his much-cherished bachelorhood. The story unfolds using political intrigue and clever wit with a sweet and charming ending.

      “An Ideal Husband’s” cast includes Irene Ryan Scholarship Nominees Vincent Pupo and Mallory Sellers. The Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition is a prestigious acting competition for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) .(The KCACTF conducts preliminary competitions throughout the United States with strict nomination qualifications for the annual competition.)

     “An Ideal Husband” is directed and designed by a Global Award Winning Team - receiving awards and recognition from the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for excellence in directing and design. Direction is by Professor Marion Graham; Scenic/Lighting Design/TD is by Professor Stephen English; and Costume Design is by Jasmine Sterling.

     Dates for all performances of “An Ideal Husband” are: Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $7 each. Bethel students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with their Bethel ID.

     For more information contact Marion Graham at