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Gardiner native in Gonzaga University production of "See How They Run"

Gonzaga Univesity to present British farce 'See How They Run'

Gonzaga University will present Philip King's hilarious "See How They Run" starting Oct. 25. This jolly show is action-packed and filled with slapstick comedy. The production is directed by Janis Waley with scenic design by John Hofland and costume designs by Summer Berry.

The audience will be invited into the private home of the local village vicar of 1948. This is a story of mistaken identities, misplaced affections and an escaped Russian spy. The cast of characters includes an American actor and actress, a cockney maid, English vicars, an Army sergeant and - of course - the Russian spy. The actors are constantly moving in and out the set creating a lively show that will keep the audience guessing as to who is doing what.

Tickets went on sale Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. Opening night is Oct. 25. Show dates are Oct. 25-26, Nov.1-2 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be performed on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Group rates for 20 or more are available. For more information please contact Summer Berry at (509) 323-3606 or via E-mail at

or the Russell Theatre Box Office at 323-6553.

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See How They Run Cast List

Miss Skillon: Jessica Derakhshandeh, Renton, Wash. ~ Holy Names Academy

Tower: Kris Feely, Lynnwood, Wash. ~ Archbishop Murphy High School

Humphrey: Nick Gerrone, Portland, Ore. ~ La Salle High School

Bishop: Kevin Goff, Englewood, Colo. ~ Cherry Creek High School

Clive: Chris Harris, Tigard, Ore. ~ La Salle High School

Penelope: Alexis Hudson, Yellowstone Park, Wyo. ~ Gardiner High School

Lionel: Jon Olson, McMinnville, Ore. ~ McMinnville High School

Intruder: Jack Sheehy, San Francisco ~ St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Ida: Angela Wall, Springfield, Ore. ~ Thurston High School

Director and Designer Biographies

Director Janis Waley. Waley earned a bachelor's degree in speech and theatre from Washington State University. She also earned a master's degree in theatre from Western Washington University, and a doctorate in theatre history from WSU. She has been active in the Spokane area at Spokane Civic Theatre and various community theatres. She has produced, directed, acted and designed eight seasons for the Rouge players along with her husband Marvin. In 2000, she directed "Joyful Noise" and in 2002 returned to GU to direct the award-winning "Once Upon a Mattress."

Scenic Designer John Hofland. Hofland, who heads the GU theatre arts program, earned a master's degree in theatre design from Trinity University. He joined Gonzaga in 1999 after teaching and designing at Dordt College for 16 years. Hofland's past credits include working in Ukraine with the Kharkov Puppet Theatre, at The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, B.C. among others.

Costume Designer Summer Berry. Berry graduated from WSU with a bachelor's degree in clothing and textile design/theatre arts. Upon graduation she was master stitcher for the Seattle Repertory Theatre. From there, she moved to the East Coast - continuing to design and build costumes, custom clothing, bridal gowns and tailoring. A native of Washington state, she was excited to join Gonzaga in 2000. She also handles public relations for theatre and is an adjunct instructor.

'See How They Run' Factoids

This will be Nick Gerrone's and Chris Harris' 10th performance together. They have participated in theater since attending La Salle High School in Portland, Ore. together. The tradition continued in college as roommates who are active in the theatre department. Nick and Chris are juniors at Gonzaga.

This show marks the third time that Chris Harris and Nick Gerrone have worked with Janis Waley. Their first show together was "Joyful Noise." They were reunited last winter with "Once Upon a Mattress." The Tradition continues with "See How They Run."

Of the nine cast members, only four are upperclassmen. The remaining five are in the freshmen class - a talented one it is.

Only three members of "See How They Run" are theater majors, while three other members of the cast are theater minors.

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