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Highland brings ‘An Inspector Calls’ to the stage

Highland Community College Theatre Arts program presents “An Inspector Calls” with performances on Oct. 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center Theatre, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill. Tickets are available at the door or by going to

The play is about a death investigation which punctures the celebratory dinner of a wealthy British family. The production, by playwright J.B. Priestly, is a three-act drama that takes place on a single night in 1912, and focuses on the upper-middle-class family. There is a death investigated by a man called Inspector Goole, who has many questions for the family. Many British schools study the play as one of the prescribed texts for English literature.

“This eerie thriller causes us to examine our own lives and the impact we have on others,” said Laura Early, Highland Theatre Instructor. “The Birling family tries very hard to keep up the appearance of respectability, but underneath there is deep dysfunction. The characters in this play are fascinating and complex.”

The cast includes:

Mycah Cassell (Sybil Birling) Mycah is a Highland freshman from Dakota. She played Annie in Dakota’s spring production of “Annie.”

Henry Connors (Eric Birling) is a Highland freshman from Freeport. He recently won a Voice award for his performance as Best Lead actor in “Bye, Bye Birdie” at Freeport High School.

Allison Kehl (Sheila Birling) is a Highland freshman from Stockton. At Stockton, she played Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Asa Lake (Arthur Birling) is a returning Highland sophomore from Lena. At Lena, he played the lead in numerous productions.

Josh Dickman (Inspector Goole) is a returning Highland sophomore from Eastland High School. He has been in several Highland productions including “NEWSIES,” “TITANIC, the Musical” and the Jane Addams Festival of New Plays.

Jackson Mercier (Gerald Croft) is a returning Highland student from Freeport. Highland audiences will recognize Jackson from his previous roles as John Procter in “The Crucible” and Edward in “Sense and Sensibility.”

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and $6 for students. There is a $2 transaction fee for every ticket purchased. To purchase tickets through the box office, call 815-599-3718 or visit