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Ian Mather, a 2010 graduate of LaRue County High School and current senior at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, has accepted a position with the McLeod Summer Playhouse at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Mather will play the starring role of Wilbur in the playhouse’s production of Charlotte’s Web, and will also have roles in Oklahoma and Spamalot.
The plays will run throughout June and July. Carbondale is a little more than three hours from Hodgenville. Showtimes and ticket prices are online at www.playhouse.siu.edu or by calling 618-453-6000.
Mather is also involved in a current project at the Savannah College of Art and Design along with fellow LCHS 2010 graduate Timmy Gibson. Mather is directing a play which will star Gibson and will run April 17-19.
Each year SCAD upperclassmen are expected to take on a project of this nature and oversee all aspects of the project from casting, directing, marketing, all the way through final production which includes raising the money to cover the costs of such a production. Mather is the coordinator of this project, and is responsible for its success.
“It’s daunting,” he said. “I have to cast it, come up with all the costumes and the props, pay for the materials for the set, but it is exciting at the same time. They definitely want you to know every single part of this industry, so that you can appreciate all that goes into a successful production.”
Mather is producing the play “The Bachelors” by Caroline McGraw which centers around three post-college young men still stuck in their fraternity-style lives. The play takes place on pledge night, and it will be a night that changes all of their lives. The play is written by a young playwright and Mather is excited about producing such a young, current play, especially with is long-time friend and fellow alum Gibson, and he is hoping that he will be able to raise the money necessary to make it happen.
Toward that end, he has set up a fundraising campaign on the Indigogo website. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the project or in making a donation to it can visit the website www.indigo.com/projects/the-bachelors where you can watch a short promotion video with Mather explaining the project and the play.