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Ten West’s Summer Play is The Nerd.


Thanks to everyone who auditioned for the Nerd! Stay tuned for the cast announcement. 

Keep THE CALENDAR  handy.

 Also, please look into the community choir. 

About The Show:

One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, then produced in Great Britain, then went on to Broadway. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met but who saved his life in Vietnam—the visitor turning out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. “Shue delivers a neatly crafted package that uses some classic comic forms to bring the audience to its knees, laughing.” —The Milwaukee Journal. “…the audience almost never stops laughing—handkerchiefs wiping away tears of merriment…” —Variety. “…a spring tonic of side-bruising laughter…” —The Milwaukee Tribune.

Cast of Characters:

  • Willum Cubbert: Willum is an architect, currently designing a hotel for Mr. Waldgrave, and a pushover. He’s kind and intelligent, but Tansy says he “could use a little gumption.” He lacks the backbone to stand up for himself.  He rents two rooms in his house to Tansy and Axel.
  • Tansy McGinnis: A smart woman who is as attracted to Willum as he is to her, but who has been offered her dream job as a television weather forecaster in Washington, D.C., and feels guilty for leaving Willum behind. Idealistic, perky, and just as kind as Willum. The role was created by Patricia Kalember on Broadway.
  • Axel Hammond: Willum’s best friend and Tansy’s ex. He’s a pretentious, often-inebriated drama critic, always ready with a sarcastic comment. Originally played by Peter Riegert on Broadway.
  • Rick Steadman: The titular “nerd.” He’s oblivious to insult and lacks manners or sensitivity. He tells Willum that he works as an inspector at a chalk factory in Wisconsin. Originally played by Robert Joy on Broadway.
  • Warnock Waldgrave: A boisterous, slightly dim businessman, owner of eight hotels, with no creativity and no tact. He never smiles. Originally played by Wayne Tippit on Broadway.
  • Clelia Waldgrave: Mr. Waldgrave’s high-strung, put-upon wife. She holds back all of her emotions, and only releases her stress when she can break “something small.” Originally played by Pamela Blair on Broadway.
  • Tina Waldgrave: The Waldgraves’ terror of a daughter. “Poster child for planned parenthood,” as Axel calls her. Spends most of the play hiding in a closet or bedroom. Originally played by Timothy Geissler on Broadway.

Creative Team

The folks leading the show this year include: 

Andrew Okerson – Director

Ryan Dockery – Co-Director

Kayla Kollmann – Stage Manager

Matt Okerson – Sound Design

Riley Miller – Lighting Design

Cameron Hansen – Scenic Design

Stephani McDole – Marketing Director

The Cast

  • Willum Cubbert – Matthew Weldon 
  • Tansy McGinnis – Lindsey Stamper
  • Axel Hammond – Jacob Owens
  • Rick Steadman – Conner Andry
  • Warnock Waldgrave – Grant Newton
  • Clelia Waldgrave – Caitlin Gartrell
  • Tina Waldgrave – Katie Cook

The Crew

Sarah Reich – Backstage

Kade Padgett – Backstage

Please contact us if you would like to volunteer. We are always in need of extra hands, as well as extra supplies including paint, screws, plywood, props, costumes, and many other various things. Please let us know if you would like to donate to the theater program.



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