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Oak Park High School Performing Arts Alliance


This Way Comes

Written By 

Ray Bradberry


Directed by
Elizabeth Dusek
Assistant Director
Addison O'Grady

Stage Manager

Eden Yelinek

JoJo Bongiovi Danika Koscelnick Jonas Norton
Achilles Charalambous Andrew Kunesh Abigail Shuh
Nora Farkas  Johnathon Manley Kennedy Sheehan
Persy Ferry Sophia Mannino Malina Star
Kadyn Freid Mia McCabe Oliver Ventura
Max Fybel Elena McFadden Paige Walker
Aven Gaeta Peter Mendoza Ava Winkle
Miley Katz Giah Milo Jade Wolff
    Gal Yelinek

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Scene List

The 1980's in a small midwest town


Act 1

  • Outside
  • Halloway’s library
  • Mr. Dark’s arrival to town
  • Will and Jim’s homes
  • A new Carnival attraction
  • 3am sneakout
  • Carnival in the morning
  • Miss Foley’s house
  • Carnival that night

Act 2

  • Porch talk
  • Will’s dream
  • Jim’s house
  • The next morning at the town
  • Midday in the town
  • Library, 7pm
  • Night at the Carnival
  • Town at Midnight


JoJo Bongiovi

Strong Man
Achilles Charalambous

Mr. Cooger and Electro
Nora Farkas

Carousel Horse and Townsperson
Persy Ferry

Jim Nightshade
Kadyn Freid

Mrs. Halloway
Max Fybel

Aven Gaeta

Miley Katz

Carousel Horse and Townsperson
Danika Koscelnick

The Dust Witch
Andrew Kunesh

Mr. Dark
Johnathon Manely

Mr. Charles Halloway
Sophia Mannino

Bearded Woman
Mia McCabe

Jim's Mom
Elena McFadden

Miss Tetley and Carousel Horse
Peter Mendoza

Voice of Ray Bradbury and Townsperson
Giah Milo

Jonas Norton

Robert and Young Cooger
Abby Schuh

William Halloway
Kennedy Sheehan

Carousel Horse and Townsperson
Malina Star

Ice Woman
Oliver Ventura

Conjoined Twin
Paige Walker

Acrobat Twin
Ava Winkle

Miss Foley
Jade Wolff

Acrobat Twin
Gal Yelinek

Conjoined Twin

Creative Team

Aditi Agina

Tech Team
Avery Boggs

Costume Team
Ethan Centeno

Tech Team
Carmel Chen

Prop Co-Lead
Marina Chukhlebova

Prop Team
Grace Halecky

Tech Team
Lauren Horstman

Set Team
Noah Kratt

Stage Manager
Abby Leduc

Costume Lead
Kam Licata

Set Team
Stacy Maksimova

Set Team
Blue Manning

Tech Team
Mia McCabe

PR Lead
Dylan McDonald

Set Team
Madeline Ng

Costume Team
Mia Noble

Prop Team
Addison O'Grady

Assistant Director
Aria Pajooheshgar

Tech Lead
Lauren Poteat

Props Team
Margaux Raymond

Co-Prop Lead
Arin Rifkin

Set Team
Gabby Salter

Costume Team
Mara Vahanian

Prop Team
Grace VanSchooneveld

Costume Team
Kylie Vo

Set Team
Peyton Watnick

Prop Team
Eden Yelinek

Set Lead
Chloe Zohar

Tech Team
Shai Zur

Prop Team
Zachary Borquez

Tech Director
Elizabeth Dusek

Ellyn Schneider

Production Supervisor
Evan Schneider

Design Supervisor
Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance

ITS Troupe 6074



Hello!  My name is Elizabeth Dusek and I am honored to be the director of our 2024 spotlight play, Something Wicked This Way Comes.  When I was researching shows to potentially direct, this play immediately caught my attention, not only because of the story my mom had told me about her watching this movie all alone as a tween (and being terrified), but also the potential to do a more spooky show at OPHS.  I have been blessed to be a part of plays and musicals during my time in high school, but nothing that would be considered fantasy horror, so I felt it would be a nice change and challenge for everyone in the cast and the design teams. 

The show is written by Ray Bradbury, the author of the novel made in 1962 and movie script in 1983, so the play is incredibly similar to these two previous mediums, with some slight adaptations for the stage.  Bradbury’s distinct writing style is full of action as well as witty quips, which I, a lover of comedy, quite enjoy.  Tonally, throughout the story we wanted to embrace the fade from comedy to more mystery, as I find genre bending works some of the most interesting to watch and be a part of. 

Originally, the story is set in the 1950s in a small town in Illinois, but we chose to adapt it so the play takes place in the early-mid 1980s.  This choice was mostly for fun and to add a different layer to the sets, props, and costuming, and Oak Park has not done a show set in this time period at least in the time I have attended.  To inspire the design teams and cast my amazing assistant director, Addison O’Grady, and I came up with a list of '80s media or shows set in the '80s for people to watch to understand our vision.  These included, The Goonies, The Sandlot, It, The Mighty Ducks, Stranger Things, and of course Something Wicked This Way Comes.  We intentionally put the circus troupe in darker colors to embrace the darker shift when they come to town.  We wanted the set to have very detailed aspects, but ultimately show the emptiness of the town, and how alone the boys and Mr. Halloway are in their trials.

Overall, thank you very much for attending this performance and supporting all of the hardworking people who made this show possible!  Everyone on tech, sets, props, running crew, costumes, cast, and parent volunteers brought this play together, especially Mrs. Schneider, Noah Kratt, and Addison O’Grady.   I cannot express my gratitude enough for the kindness and support I have received over these past four years; it has made such an immeasurable impact on my life.  Enjoy the show!


Meet the Company

JoJo Bongiovi (Strong Man)
Hi, my name is Jojo Bongiovi, I’m in 11th grade, my pronouns are he/him, and I play strong man! Luckily, I already have the muscles for this role!!
Achilles Charalambous (Mr. Cooger and Electro)
Greetings, exalted ones. My name is Achilles Charalambous and I am playing the role of the menacing Mr. Cooger! I am a senior doing his first (and last) show as a member of the cast, and I have been in the past two musicals as a member of the pit orchestra. I am extremely happy to say that I have finally acted in one of these amazing performances! A huge thank you to my friends in theater who made it so easy to do so! This show is the first horror-esque performance that Oak Park has done, and I’m beyond excited for it. A last and sincere thank you to my family, friends, everyone involved in the show, and please enjoy Something Wicked This Way Comes!
Nora Farkas (Carousel Horse and Townsperson)
Hello! My name is Nora Farkas, I am in 10th grade, and this will be my 4th show at Oak Park High School. I am so excited to be playing the role of Townsperson and Carousel Horse! It has been a blast working on this show and I am so excited to see it come together. Everyone has worked so hard to get this show running and I am so thankful for everyone's work. I hope that you enjoy this spooky show as much as we all do.
Persy Ferry (Jim Nightshade)
Hi! My name is Persephone Ferry and I am thrilled to be performing the part of Jim Nightshade! Thank you to my friends and family for being so supportive. This is my 6th performance at OPHS, and I can't wait to do more. Enjoy the show!!
Kadyn Freid (Mrs. Halloway)
Kadyn Freid is 17 and a Junior at Oak Park High School. This is her eleventh show at OPHS. She would like to thank the crew and cast for all their hard work in making this show so special. Enjoy the show!
Max Fybel (Girl)
Hey, I'm Max Fybel! This is my last show as a sophomore, making this my eighth show with OPHS (not including the madrigal skit). I play a young girl (can't spoil too much)! Thank you and enjoy the show!
Aven Gaeta (Policeman)
Hey, I'm Aven and I am a senior at Oak Park High School. I am doing cast this time around and it will be my 6th show at ITS. It's such a pleasure to work alongside our troupe's incredibly talented cast and crew, and I can't wait to share what we've been working on.
Miley Katz (Carousel Horse and Townsperson)
Hi! My name is Miley Katz and I am a sophomore. I have had so much fun playing a horse and townsperson! I am so excited for my 6th show at Oak Park, and I am looking forward to many more in the future! Thank you to our amazing directors, and enjoy this spooky show!
Danika Koscelnick (The Dust Witch)
My name is Danika Koscelnick and I play the character the Dust Witch, the evil fortune teller and foreseer of Mr. Dark. I am a Junior this year and this is my 12th ITS production at Oak Park High School. I am super excited to be a part of such an amazing and talented group of people! Break a leg!
Andrew Kunesh (Mr. Dark)
I play Mr. Dark in Something Wicked.
Johnathon Manely (Mr. Charles Halloway)
Hi, I am playing the role of Mr. Charles Halloway.
Sophia Mannino (Bearded Woman)
Hi, I am Sophia and I am playing the Bearded Woman.
Mia McCabe (Jim's Mom)
Hi everyone! My name is Mia McCabe, I'm a senior, and this is my tenth and last show at OPHS! It's been an honor to be a part of such an amazing theatre program. I am very excited to be the Social Media/PR Lead and I also play Jim's Mom! Thank you to everyone who helped put on this production. And to my family and friends, I send you all of my love and I hope you enjoy the show!
Elena McFadden (Miss Tetley and Carousel Horse)
Elena is a sophomore and this is her eighth show at OPHS. She is so excited to be part of this show as Miss Tetley and a carousel horse! She would like to thank everyone involved in this production for making it so much fun!
Peter Mendoza (Voice of Ray Bradbury and Townsperson)
Peter, a sophomore, is playing "Voice of Ray Bradbury" in his seventh Oak Park High production. He has previously participated in Peter and the Starcatcher, The Addams Family, A Lighter Shade of Noir, Radium Girls, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Something Rotten. He caught the acting bug in third grade and has played several characters for Bell Canyon Broadway community theatre. Peter is looking forward to future roles with Oak Park High School. Lastly, he would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.
Giah Milo (Crosetti)
Hi, I am playing Crosetti.
Jonas Norton (Robert and Young Cooger)
Hello my name is Jonas Norton and I play Robert in this production of Something Wicked This Way Comes! I am a sophomore and this is my 8th production at Oak Park high school. It has been such a pleasure to work with so many amazing people during this final show of the year.
Abby Schuh (William Halloway)
Hello! My name is Abby Schuh and this is my 7th show at Oak Park High School. I play William Halloway in our production of Something Wicked This Way Comes! My favorite part about this show is how whimsical the story is. It has been an honor to be able to perform with such amazing people. Enjoy the show!
Kennedy Sheehan (Carousel Horse and Townsperson)
Hi! I am Kennedy Sheehan and I am playing the Carousel Horse and Townsperson.
Malina Star (Ice Woman)
Hi! I’m Malina a senior here at OPHS! I am playing Ice Woman, also known as the most beautiful woman in the world! I am also the Acro Captain of the show! I am so excited to finish off my final show with a bang and I hope you enjoy! Thank you to all my friends and family for their support!
Oliver Ventura (Conjoined Twin)
Hello, my name is Oliver Ventura. I play as a conjoined twin and this is my second production with Oak Park High School. I am extremely excited for this show and people should see it because it has a really cool spooky atmosphere. Thank you!
Paige Walker (Acrobat Twin)
Hi! My name is Paige Walker, and I am a freshman here at OPHS. This is my fourth play at this school, and it has been such a positive experience for me. I am so glad I got to meet so many incredibly talented and kindhearted people. I've loved theatre since I was little and I'm so glad I got to continue my passion and do it with all of these wonderful individuals. This is a really cool show that I am so lucky to be a part of. Thank you to my friends and family for your ongoing support. But even more importantly, thank you to my fellow cast members for making this an absolutely unforgettable experience and something I will cherish forever.
Ava Winkle (Miss Foley)
Hi! My name is Ava Winkle and I'm an 11th grader at Oak Park High School. This is my third play at the school and my first year in Oak Park High School's theater program. I am playing the role of Ms. Foley, and I can't wait! This play is super spooky and very fun and goofy. Hope you enjoy it!
Jade Wolff (Acrobat Twin)
Hello, my name is Jade Wolff and I'm a freshman at OPHS. This is my fourth show of high school and I am so excited to be playing an Acrobat Twin in Something Wicked This Way Comes! I love this show for so many reasons, it's so unlike any show I've ever done or even seen which I think is so cool. The spooky and thriller aspects along with the 80s aesthetic has been so fun to portray onstage and acrobatic tricks are such new and exciting territory for me. Thank you so much to everyone who put so much love into this show, and congratulations to all of our incredible cast and crew!! I'm so grateful for such an incredible year of theater and I can't wait to participate in more shows next year!
Gal Yelinek (Conjoined Twin)
Hi, I'm Gal Yelinek, I'm a freshman and this is the fourth show I've done here at OPHS. In this show I am a conjoined twin along with Oliver Ventura, and it is so much fun. Some parts were hard to do at first like walking but we got it handled. I am pretty excited for this show as well because one of the show days is on my birthday and that's pretty cool. I loved all the shows this year especially with the cast and crew that we had this year, not only the new people like me but the seniors who are leaving this year have taught me and everyone around me incredible things and always made us smile.
Aditi Agina (Tech Team)
"Hi! My name is Aditi Agina, I’m a freshman and I’m on Tech. This is my first year in the theater program! This show is so interesting and unique, I am so excited for everyone to see it! I love movies, music, and sketching. I’m looking forward to doing more shows in the future!"
Avery Boggs (Costume Team)
Hello, welcome to Oak Park's production of Something Wicked This Way Comes. This will be my 7th production at OPHS and it's my first time being on crew! I've always wanted to do crew since I started my first show here and Im so happy I could work with the fabulous costume team! Working with costumes wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, my favorite was making the makeup slides and playing dress-up in the shed lol. I want to thank everyone on the costume team and a big thank you to Abby Leduc for being such a wonderful costume leader. Hope you enjoy the show! (make sure to admire the fabulous costumes please :3)
Ethan Centeno (Tech Team)
Hello, my name is Ethan Centeno, I am a junior, and I am a part of the tech team. I have done two productions so far this year, and am excited to finish the last show of the year. My favorite part of the show is the general feeling, as I love how spooky it is. I am controlling a handheld spotlight for this show in the top left corner of the house. Overall, I am very excited about this upcoming production and look forward to seeing the final result.
Carmel Chen (Prop Co-Lead)
Hi! I'm Carmel Chen. I'm a freshman this year, and a co-lead for the props team. I enjoy painting and sketching. I love all of the colorful circus/carnival-themed props we're making for this show! Thank you!
Marina Chukhlebova (Prop Team)
Hi! I’m Marina, a member of the prop team for this show! I helped make the lightning rods as well as painting some of the backdrops. I’m excited for everyone to see the show and for all of our hard work to be appreciated! Enjoy :)
Grace Halecky (Tech Team)
I am on the Tech Team.
Lauren Horstman (Set Team)
I am on the Set Team.
Noah Kratt (Stage Manager)
Hi all, my name is Noah Kratt, I am a senior and this is my 14th and final show at Oak Park High School. I am the Stage Manager and Lighting Design Lead. This show has been quite challenging but it has overall been so much fun and everyone has worked so so hard to make this show happen. I am so happy to call this my final show!! I hope you enjoy the eerie carnival that has come to our town tonight!!!
Abby Leduc (Costume Lead)
Hello! Im Abby Leduc and this is my 9th and final show at Oak Park, I am the costume lead! it has been rad putting this show together from the spooky circus to the citizens of Greentown. A special thanks to our wonderful directors and my lovely costume team! This has been such an amazing ride and I hope you all enjoy the carnival!
Kam Licata (Set Team)
Hi! My name's Kam Licata, i am a sophomore and I'm on sets. this is my 8th show at OPHS. I'm so excited to be working with everyone!
Stacy Maksimova (Set Team)
Hello, my name is Stacy Maksimova, and I'm a part of the crew for OPHS new show "Something Wicked This Way Comes"! I’m a sophomore, and this is my first show as a crew member. I'm in the set team, and I love painting the sets for the show with my friends. I hope the audience enjoy the show me and my friends carefully set up!
Blue Manning (Tech Team)
Blue Manning Tech Show #8 Sound Design Fun It's Been a Great Year for ITS Yay!
Mia McCabe (PR Lead)
Hi everyone! My name is Mia McCabe, I'm a senior, and this is my tenth and last show at OPHS! It's been an honor to be a part of such an amazing theatre program. I am very excited to be the Social Media/PR Lead and I also play Jim's Mom! Thank you to everyone who helped put on this production. And to my family and friends, I send you all of my love and I hope you enjoy the show!
Dylan McDonald (Set Team)
Hi, my name is Dylan McDonald, and I am on set design. I helped paint a lot of the sets and I am on running crew. I did plays in elementary and middle school and I enjoyed acting, but I also enjoy crew!
Madeline Ng (Costume Team)
Hi! My name is Madeline Ng! I am currently a freshman, and this is my second show with Oak Park High School! I am a part of the costume team and It's been a wonderful experience working with everyone. Enjoy the show!
Mia Noble (Prop Team)
I'm Mia Nobel. I work on props.
Addison O'Grady (Assistant Director)
My name is Addison and I am the Assistant Director.
Aria Pajooheshgar (Tech Lead)
Hi! My name is Aria Pajooheshgar and I’m in the Tech Lead for this Something Wicked. I’m a Senior but it’s my first year here at OPHS. I’ve done theater for many years. This is my 7th high school show and 3rd show at OPHS.
Lauren Poteat (Props Team)
Hello! My name is Lauren Poteat, I am a freshman and I am on props team. I have done many plays throughout my life since elementary school. I am excited to help out in Something Wicked! Thank you to my family and friends for supporting me.
Margaux Raymond (Co-Prop Lead)
I am co-prop lead with Carmel and running crew lead. This is my third show being prop/running crew lead and my 7th show on crew at Oak Park. I am so proud of all the design teams and cast, I hope you enjoy the show!
Arin Rifkin (Set Team)
Hi! My name is Arin Rikfin, I'm a sophomore, and I am on the set team for this show. This will be my 7th I've worked on at OPHS. It was so fun to be a part of this show!
Gabby Salter (Costume Team)
Hi, I’m Gabby and I am on the costume team for this show. I’m currently a sophomore and this is my 5th show here at OPHS. This show was fun to be a part of and I hope everyone enjoys it.
Mara Vahanian (Prop Team)
My name is Mara Vahanian, and I am on the props team and running crew for Something Wicked This Way Comes! I'm so glad to be a part of this spooky show and make a bunch of cool props (look out for the barber pole, it's my pride and joy). Welcome to the carnival and enjoy the show!
Grace VanSchooneveld (Costume Team)
Hello! I'm Grace, and this is my last show as a freshman! I've had such a great year at OPHS theater and I can't wait to make more memories with our amazing cast and crew!
Kylie Vo (Set Team)
Hi! My name is Kylie Vo, I am a freshman. I am on the set team and help create the beautiful sets you see on stage!
Peyton Watnick (Prop Team)
Hi, I am Peyton Watnick and I am on the Prop Team.
Eden Yelinek (Set Lead)
I am the Set Lead.
Chloe Zohar (Tech Team)
Hello, I’m Chloe Zohar and I’m a senior. I’m on the tech team for this play, and I help largely eith sound design! I find samples online, mix and exit them as needed, and even create original music and sound effects on occasion. This is my last high school play so I’m both excited and sentimental, but nevertheless, I hope you all enjoy the play as much as I have enjoyed in helping produce it.
Shai Zur (Prop Team)
Hello, my name is Shai Zur and I’m in 9th grade, and I am in the Props Design team for Something Wicked This Way Comes. This is my third show at OPHS, and I am looking forward to being in many more productions. This show has been so much fun to work on and I loved working on it with all of the great people here. I’m excited to see how everything turns out, I hope you enjoy it!
Zachary Borquez (Tech Director)
Born and raised in Southern California, Zachary Borquez started playing the trombone in 4th grade, although his primary instrument is the trumpet. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Composition) from the University of California, Davis. He earned his Master of Music degree in Conducting as well as his Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge. Mr. Borquez is super excited to work on Something Rotten! As Music Director & Tech Director. Congrats to ALL the students involved in the production and a huge thank you to the dedicated parents who help to make the program what it is!
Elizabeth Dusek (Director)
Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am the director of the 2024 Spring Spotlight play! I have done 14 shows over my four years at Oak Park High School, and I am incredibly proud to say this is my final one. I have been in shows here form 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky), Addams Family (Morticia Addams), and Something Rotten (William Shakespeare), and this is my first time directing. I am planning on studying and performing in theatre in college and professionally. Outside of theatre I am also in choir and comedy sportz! I want to give a special shout out to Noah and Addison who have worked so hard to make this show possible! Thank you so much to all of our design leads, teams, and cast for being so awesome, I could not have asked for a better circus or monkeys.
Ellyn Schneider (Production Supervisor)
Congratulations to the creative team, cast and designers on a fabulous production of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'. Your dedication, enthusiasm, professionalism and love for the arts continues to amaze and inspire me. It has been a dream come true to work with you all this year and to watch you grow as actors, costumers, designers, technicians, directors and producers. So, so, proud of you! Break a leg!
Evan Schneider (Design Supervisor)
This is Evan’s 19th show at Oak Park High School and his 22nd overall. As a recent graduate of History and Film at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to supervising the theatre design teams, Evan is working as a Guest Teacher for all the exceptional schools in the Oak Park Unified School District. He wants to congratulate all the students on their hard work and dedication in putting on such a great show! IG: @schneiderlicious LinkedIn: Evan Schneider
Oak Park Performing Arts Alliance (Producer)
OPPAA is a community of volunteers committed to promoting and supporting the theatre arts program at OPHS. OPPAA funds the productions through donations and produces the Fall and Spring performances. We provide support in all areas of production, from costumes to sets to concessions to ticket sales and everything in between. OPPAA also provides annual scholarships for performing arts seniors who intend to continue their education in performing arts related fields. Our goal is to encourage and guide students in all aspects of theatre and give them the opportunity to cultivate, grow and learn about the areas of production that interest them both on and off stage. Most importantly, we hope the students learn to love theatre!
ITS Troupe 6074
ITS TROUPE # 6074 "Act well your part; there all the honor lies." ​The International Thespian Society (ITS) is an internationally recognized honor society for theatre students that promotes and recognizes student excellence in the theatre arts. There are ITS Troupes at high schools and middle schools across the United States and abroad. Students earn membership by participating in productions and accumulating points based on their theatre work. For more information visit Formed in Fall of 2014, our troupe started with just a few enthusiastic theatre kids who had been involved in productions at Oak Park High School. They wanted to expand their theatre experiences and bring more visibility to the community. With the guidance of a couple of dedicated theatre moms, these students chartered Troupe 6074 of The International Thespian Society. As a troupe we aim to raise awareness for the importance of theatre arts and education through philanthropy, promotion, and being a positive community influence. We incorporate unique individualistic qualities to form a unified group that stands for cooperation, compassion, creativity and communication through theatre.

Thank you!


A Very Special Thank You To…. 

                           Loretta Brown, The Chen Family, Tim Chevalier, Michelle Di Camillo, Kathryn Dusek, Angela Giraldo, The Horstman Family, Leonard’s Cleaners, Will Michael, Richard Ortega & Staff, Brenda Pasqua, Mike Van Slooten, John Vo of, Ami Yelinek, The OPPAA Board (Kelly Freid, Kyle Dusek, Danielle McFadden, Vivi Michael, Jenn Newhart, Tammi O’Grady, Edward Park & Iris Yelinek), all of our theatre families who have donated & volunteered, OPUSD Superintendent Jeff Davis & the OPUSD School Board, Principal Mat McClenahan, Assistant Principal Jason Meskis, Assistant Principal Natalie Smith & the entire OPHS administration & staff for their enthusiastic support of our production.


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