posted July 11, 2012

Mystery Abounds in An Inspector Calls

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is proud to announce J.B. Priestly’s dark mystery, An Inspector Calls, making its debut on the Dewitt stage on Friday, July 20th. Taking place in Britain before World War One, this mysterious drama brings startling revelations that shake the very foundation of the Birling household and challenges us all to examine our conscience. Performances are July 20, 21, 27, 30, and August 3, 7, and 9 at 8:00 p.m at the DeWitt Theatre.

The Birling household is shocked by the visit of a so-called Inspector Goole, investigating the death of a young working class woman. His accusation of the Birlings brings a startling revelation to their lives and forces them to not only reminisce on their actions, but also suffer the consequences. Priestly’s work is known to be politically driven, and this drama is no different. The audience will take a journey alongside the actors, making us re-examine our own lives. This drama will leave the audience asking questions and wanting the answers to unlock the mystery presented by the Inspector. Who is this young woman? Who is this mysterious Inspector Goole? Most importantly, who is the one responsible for the untimely demise of this working class woman?

The seven person cast includes: Will Haden (Kingsport, TN) as Inspector Goole, Chip Duford (AEA)(Flushing, MI) as Arthur Birling, Alicia Force (Dallas, TX) as Sybil Birling, Russell Jonas (Dallas, TX) as Gerald Croft, Susanna Stahlmann (New Hope, MN) as Sheiling Birling, John Telfer (Western Spring, IL) as Eric Birling, and Kara Williams (Saline, MI) as Edna.

John Tammi, Professor of Theatre at Hope College and founding Artistic Director of HSRT, directs this drama. The production team for An Inspector Calls includes: Scenic Designer Rob Tintoc, Costume Designer Jessica Leslie, Lighting Designer Peter E. Sargent, Sound Designer Ryan Mutton, Stage Manager Kristin Kurz, and Technical Director Leah Busse.

Take advantage of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s best ticket offer and purchase a season ticket coupon. Season ticket coupons save patrons up to 27% off individual ticket prices and guarantees a terrific seat for every performance! With free exchanges, purchasing a season ticket coupon is the best way to support HSRT.

The Season Pass includes Mezzanine seating for four main stage performances and our bonus show for only $87 for adults and $82 for seniors. The Best Buy Pass includes admission to the four main stage productions for $67 for adults and $62 for seniors. The Super-Saver Pass includes seating limited to the balcony and orchestra for our four main stage productions for $50 for adults and seniors. The Children’s Package is great for children under 12 and includes tickets to both Children’s Performance Troupe performances and one ticket to a main stage musical for $25.

Individual tickets are on sale now by calling 616-395-7890 or by visiting the ticket offices: DeWitt Theatre (141 East 12th Street) and DeVos Fieldhouse (222 Fairbanks Avenue). Prices for An Inspector Calls tickets range from $12 to $21. Adult tickets are $19 (Orchestra/Balcony) and $21 (Mezzanine). Senior/Hope Faculty and Staff tickets are $17 (Orchestra/Balcony) and $19 (Mezzanine). Tickets for children under 18 and students are just $12. Group rates are available by calling the box office at 616-395-7890.

HSRT’s ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The ticket office will be open on Saturday at noon. On performance dates, the DeWitt ticket office will be open through intermission.

For more information visit the HSRT website at www.hope.edu/hsrt or www.facebook.com/