Mount Union to Present “The Phantom Tollbooth”

September 30, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The University of Mount Union will present a reader’s theatre interpretation of the play, “The Phantom Tollbooth” opening October 3 in the Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

The play, written by Susan Nanus, is based on the classic children’s book written by Norton Juster. The Saturday evening performance of the show will be broadcast live on WRMU 91.1.

In “The Phantom Tollbooth,” the audience will experience Milo's adventures in the Land of Wisdom where he discovers the importance of thinking. While there, Milo learns of an argument between King Azaz of Dictionopolis and the Mathemagician of Digitopolis and the banishment of the Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Reason. The knowledge Milo picks up on his journey helps him, the watchdog named Tock, and their reluctant traveling companion, the Humbug, rescue the Princesses and set things right in the Land of Wisdom. The audience will be entertained by the witty text, the satire, and the humor of this show, and will learn the same timeless lesson Milo comes to understand – to cherish life's little wonders and in the process gain an understanding of the true meaning of what is and what is not possible.

Under the direction of R.H. Roggenkamp Jr., professor of theatre, the cast and crew includes:

Amy Achenbach, a freshman of Butler, PA as Lethargarian #4, Word Merchant #4 and The Senses Taker

Nicole Alponat, a senior public relations major of Mentor, OH as The Clock, Tock;

Alex Augustine, a sophomore Japanese and theatre major of Brooklyn, OH as The Humbug;

Zach Bake, a senior theatre major of Carrollton, OH as The Earl of Essence, a Numbers Miner;

Sam Cooper, a freshman of Mogadore, OH as Lethargarian #1, Word Merchant #1 and The Everpresent Wordsnatcher;

Tirice “Ty” Gamble, a junior psychology and theatre major of Cleveland, OH as The Count of Connotation, a Numbers Miner;

Brendan Graves, a sophomore exercise science major of Zionsville, IN as The Minister of Meaning, a Numbers Miner;

Joshua Hudson, a sophomore exercise science and theatre major of North Ridgeville, OH as Azaz the Unabridged

Megan Ostrofsky, a sophomore theatre major of North Canton, OH as Princess Pure Reason;

Natalie Ricciutti, a sophomore psychology major of Canfield, OH as The Duke of Definition, Kakafonous A. Discord;

Jake Rogers, a sophomore psychology major of Waynesburg, OH as Milo;

Leanna Rudibaugh, a junior communication major of Lisbon, OH as the Sound Coordinator;      

Becca Passer, a freshman of Madison, AL as the Floor Manager;

Chelsea Posterli, a freshman of Austintown, OH as The Undersecretary of Understanding, a Numbers Miner;

Katie Proch, a senior international studies and religious studies major of Canfield, OH as Lethargarian #3, Word Merchant #3 and The Demon of Insincerety;

Bryan Sfara, a junior computer science major of Canfield, OH as Lethargarian #6, a Page and The Awful Dynne;

Alyssa Suffron, a sophomore of Cuyahoga Falls, OH as Lethargarian #2, Word Merchant #2, The Terrible Trivium;

Jacob Ward, a junior art and theatre major of Kensington, OH as The Whether Man/Gatekeeper of Dictionopolis/The Dodecahedron;

Elizabeth Wheeler, a sophomore interactive media major of Minerva, OH as Lethargarian #5, Spelling Bee, a Demon      

Summer Wilkinson, a freshman of Strasburg, OH as Princess Sweet Rhyme and         

Alex Wolfe, a senior mathematics major of Atwater, OH as The Mathemagician 

Show times are 8 p.m. October 3-5 in Campus Grounds.

Campus Grounds is located in Hoover Price Campus Center past the WRMU radio station into the B&B and Campus Grounds. These performances, which are appropriate for children and adults of all ages, are free and open to the public. To listen to a podcast about the upcoming play, visit For more information, call (330) 823-2180.

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