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Irish drama presented by Olivet students for spring play 2017

Posted: Mar 27, 2017


Olivet Nazarene University's student production of this Irish drama is directed by senior Jessa Hendricker.

Travel to the farming country of Ireland and glimpse the lives of two families involved in a decades-long dispute when Olivet Nazarene University presents “Outside Mullingar” in March. This student production of a Broadway hit is sure to ignite the imagination while telling a timeless story of love.

Show times are: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 p.m.; Friday, March 31, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for general admission, with 100 student discount tickets available. Purchase tickets online at or call 815-928-5543.

Presented by Olivet’s Green Room student theatre group, the play introduces Jessa Hendricker in her directing debut. She has previously performed in 11 Olivet productions, most recently “Guys and Dolls.” A senior communication major with minors in theatre and musical theatre, she is from Clinton, Illinois.

"Throughout my four years in Olivet’s theatre program, I have had the opportunity to have hands-on experience in almost every aspect of theatre, both onstage and off,” Jessa says. “Through many classes and eight different productions, Professor Jerry Cohagan has poured into me the wisdom of a director in both planning and preparing. Professor AE Sarver has also been an incredible mentor and friend to me, allowing me to learn lessons the hard way and truly grow as a person and director.”

“I hope those who come to see this show leave feeling lighter with a renewed sense of hope,” she adds. “This play is truly a breath of fresh air."

Set in rural Ireland, “Outside Mullingar” is the story of two families whose farms border one another. Through the years there has been an ongoing dispute regarding a certain section of the land. But what happens when the heir-apparent son is attracted to the heir-apparent young lady? It is a sweet, quirky love story which played Broadway in 2014. The New York Times called John Patrick Shanely's work "a lighter, slighter play, a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love."

Cast in the Olivet production

Grace Higgins as Rosemary — She is a sophomore international business major from Geneva, Illinois. Her previous appearances at Olivet were in “West Side Story” and “Guys and Dolls.”

Jackson Loudermilk as Tony — He is a sophomore communication major from Otisville, Michigan. His previous appearances at Olivet were in “Wit” and “Guys and Dolls.”

Shane Trail as Anthony — He is a sophomore multimedia communications major from Carmi, Illinois. He previously appeared in “Guys and Dolls” at Olivet.

Lindsay Parpart as Aoife — She is a sophomore zoology major from Portage, Indiana.

To learn more about Olivet’s theatre program, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.