An Inspector Calls

The Production:


Navar Watson is honored to portray Inspector Goole in The Attic Theatre’s production of An Inspector Calls, following hard on the heels of playing Algernon Moncrieff in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest in September.

Other Attic Theatre credits include Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story (’16). Prior to that, Navar acted in various plays at Indiana Wesleyan University, his alma mater, including Anton Chehkov’s A Marriage Proposal in ’15, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in ’14 and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in ’12. He also wrote a short play during IWU’s annual 24-Hour Theatre Festival last fall. In 2015 he played the role of Kash Williams in the pilot episode of the original, IWU student-produced sitcom, Kashed In, which is available on YouTube.

Navar graduated from IWU in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in convergent journalism and minors in theatre and world languages. He works as a full-time reporter at the Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Indiana. He recently completed an online certification course with the International TEFL Academy, and he plans to move to Spain in January to teach English as a foreign language.

This is Joshua J. Dekker’s 3rd play with The Attic Theatre. He hopes you enjoy his role as Mr. Birling in this play.

After playing Juror Number 8 in Twelve Angry Men, he then played Teddy in Arsenic And Old Lace.  Joshua has always enjoyed drama. For most of his life, he performed skits for church and Vacation Bible School. He’s happy to be a part of The Attic Theatre and looks forward to more acting opportunities in the future.

Josh is married to his lovely wife, Karyn, with whom he had two kids and is excited that a third child will show up this coming April.

Christie Paul makes her debut tonight in her very first ever play in the role of Sybil Birling!

She has been married to the man she adores for over 25 years, and she has 2 beautiful, teenage daughters. Considering herself to be a “jack-of-all-trades, and master of none”, she can now add “acting in a serious theater production” to her list of exciting life experiences. Whether as a wife, mother, harpist, teacher, home-maker, entrepreneur, and now actress, she submits that she strives to do all for the glory of God. She has found this new adventure to be both challenging and thrilling, as well as deeply thought-provoking. “This has really stretched me on beyond what I thought I could do!” she reports. She wishes to thank the cast and crew for warmly welcoming her into the (very huggy & giggly) Attic Theatre family, whom she has grown to love very much!

Katie-Jane Brown is excited for the opportunity to portray Sheila Birling. This is her second Attic Theatre production, and the largest role she has ever played.

In her everyday life, she is a Veterinary Technician working primarily with horses, which has been a life-long passion. She recently celebrated her first anniversary with her husband, James Brown. Needless to say, she feels good about that!

Andrew Winely is very excited to be playing the part of Gerald Croft in this play and the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.

“I have been in 6 prior shows, including high school productions (Covenant Christian) Mary Poppins (Mr. Northbrook/Ensemble), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Bob Bradley), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), and Harvey (EJ Lofgren). I hope I convince you that I know what I’m doing – all I know is that I can’t stay in the same place forever and make some kind of change in my face occasionally. Thanks to my family for putting up with my crazy schedule and for always supporting me, for my castmates and directors for always pushing me to try new things and make the character who he is, Apprentice University and Ron Brumbarger for introducing me to The Attic, and last but not least to God, who was in this project before I was.”

Caleb Chance is playing the role of Eric Birling. He has been on the stage since a very young age. He has been acting now for over a decade, both in community theatre, and professionally. An Inspector Calls marks his 9th performance with The Attic Theatre, which has been one of his favorite plays.

Some of his other interests include Christian Apologetics, hiking, and white-water rafting. He hopes that as you watch his performance tonight, you will see that grief and shame are not barriers between you and God, but a bridge.

Alissa-Jo Trezise is playing the part of Edna the Maid. She loves being involved with theatre… be it on stage or behind the scenes doing hair and makeup. Her love of theatre started right here in The Elwood Opera House when she was a maid in TACHE’s Annie in 2006. Since then she has been on stage for Prince and the Pauper, Macbeth and has helped with hair for Seussical, Pride and Prejudice, Hello Dolly and Arsenic and Old Lace.

Alissa-Jo is a wife to her wonderful husband Brian and mother of three precocious kids ages 4, 2 and 11 months. In her downtime she loves crafting and playing board games.

Grace Overdorf began her acting adventure with The Attic Theatre 8 years ago. Becoming beautiful as Glinda or fat as Pumbaa, Grace enjoys the range of possibilities when she enters the stage. Tonight, she is Eva Smith, marked by her silent sorrow. Grace finds acting nerve wracking, uncomfortable, exhausting, and immensely rewarding. Through it, she can serve God and the rest of the audience. Apart from acting, she pursues ballet, baking, singing, wedding coordinating, and assisting family and friends with various projects. After watching her fellow actors and actresses in this production, she can assure you that this is a powerful drama worth pondering. God bless you, and remember to listen carefully to the inaudible pleas of Eva Smith.

Costume Designer Jon Durgan was assigned to create original costumes for the play. Below are original sketches which Jon has put together to give the audience a sneak peak into what they can look forward to seeing on the stage.

Emotionally powerful and sharply relevant, this is a stylish adaptation of JB Priestley’s Timeless Masterpiece. An Inspector Calls is both an enthralling mystery and a scathing critique of a hypocritical class obsessed Society. Set in 1912, it vividly evokes a thrilling Industrial Age built on crippling social in equality. Taking place over the course of a single night, this tout, affecting and ultimately tragic story centers on the proper Birling family. They receive a surprise visit from inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. Interrogating each family member in turn, Goole incisive questionings reveals that each one not only had a connection to the girl but also may have played a significant part in her demise. As the families callous actions are brought to light, so are dark and shameful secrets that threatened to tear the Birlings household apart and Destroy its reputation.

Nathan-Andrew Hight has been a regular actor on the stage at The Attic Theatre and in many other roles both in theater, film and video productions alike. Most recently Nathan played Officer Klein in Arsenic and Old Lace, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Orlando in our Shakespear in the Park production of As You Like ItWith all this experience, Nathan-Andrew brings much excitement and knowledge with his first time directing for The Attic Theatre.

Who doesn’t love a great mystery story? Personally, I love that feeling you get in an audience, sitting at the edge of your seat with chills running down your spine, trying to guess what’s happening next, – followed by a gasp of amazement when the mystery is finally revealed. This is the experience I want to give my audience, to feel that surge of wonder as the story develops, leaving slightly disturbed, trying to make sense of the drama they have just experienced.  An Inspector Calls is both disturbing and delivers a valuable message of love, responsibility and community. My hope is that the audience will be as entertained and challenged by An Inspector Calls, as I have.