Carl Sandburg College Theater’s ‘Fuddy Meers’ On Stage May 2-4

  Aaron Frey
  Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:34 PM
  Campus News

Galesburg, IL

Things will come full circle for outgoing director Susan Sharp as Carl Sandburg College Theater presents the comedy “Fuddy Meers” from May 2-4 in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Sharp, assistant professor of theater at Sandburg, will leave the College at the end of this academic year, and “Fuddy Meers” was the first play she directed when she arrived in 2004. A reception honoring Sharp and all Sandburg theater alumni will take place after the May 3 performance.

“I’ve been at Sandburg for 15 years, and I’ve worked with some amazing students,” Sharp said. “I’d love to see alumni come back for my last show so I can show my appreciation for all the great talent I’ve worked with.”

The play’s silly title comes from a line that Gertie (played by alumna Paige Rohweder of Oneida) says about funny mirrors in a funhouse. But the real hilarity comes from Gertie’s daughter Claire (Grace Robbins, Galesburg) and her interactions with her ex-husband, Limping Man (alumnus Nate Jacobs, Johnston, Iowa).

When son Kenny (Nic Jacobs, Camanche, Iowa) and his step-dad Richard (alumnus Dan Lefler II, Quincy) go looking for Claire, they are pulled over by female cop Heidi (Sheila Bowling, Cameron). When they all get to Gertie’s house, they meet Millett (Dominic Godsil, Monmouth) and his hand puppet, Hinkie Binkie.

Complex characters, a plot with many twists and some hilarious lines make this play a must-see. Others involved with the play are alumnus Don Ulm of Macomb, who will be doing hair and makeup, and Noah Northrup of Galesburg on sound. 

“The play has a theme about miscommunication. Either people can’t understand each other, they can’t remember or they can’t hear,” Sharp said. “Good relationships are built on communication and trust. We see what happens when characters are betrayed and lied about and the carnage that follows. But mostly, the play is funny. It’s why I chose it as my first play at Sandburg, and it’s why I chose it again — it makes me laugh.”

Sharp is leaving her career in teaching to continue her passions of writing and art. Her second book, “Mid-Life Wisdom,” was recently released, and she will have a children’s book out this summer. Sharp continues to write plays and is in talks with a publisher about her original plays that have been performed at Sandburg during her tenure. Sharp’s art is featured in some Quad Cities galleries, and she will have a solo show at The Artery in Rock Island this fall.

“I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my life with new challenges and opportunities,” Sharp said. “I’m incredibly thankful for the success I’ve had, and Sandburg has been a part of it. Thank you to the patrons of Sandburg Theater that have always been so loyal.”

Showtimes for “Fuddy Meers” are 7 p.m. May 2-4 plus a matinee performance at 2 p.m. May 4. Tickets are available at the door prior to each performance. General admission is $8, and admission is $4 for senior citizens, veterans and non-Sandburg students. Admission is free for Sandburg students, faculty and staff with a College ID. The box office opens one hour prior to each show, and doors open 30 minutes before each performance.

Because of mature language, the play is rated PG-13, and children 12 and under will not be admitted.

For more information, contact Sharp at 309.341.5287 or

Fuddy Meers cast meeting

The cast and crew of Carl Sandburg College’s production of “Fuddy Meers” gather for a meeting prior to rehearsal on April 17 in the Fine Arts Theater at the Main Campus in Galesburg. The play runs May 2-4 and will be the final production at Sandburg for director Susan Sharp, assistant professor of theater, who will leave the College at the end of this academic year. 

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