Madhatters Community Theatre, Inc.

Acting Out Since 1954!

 Driving Miss Daisy

The Madhatters Theatre will presenting Driving Miss Daisy, a classic, award-winning play by Alfred Uhry, featuring an old Jewish woman and an African-American chauffeur. Staged in the American South, they have a relationship that gets off to a rocky start but they gradually form a close friendship over the years. Their delightful story is one of conquering classism and racism. 

Performances will be at the Elementary School Auditorium beginning May 11 and 12th at 7:00 PM, the 13th and 2:00 PM, and then May 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7:00 PM.

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  The Cast of Driving Miss Daisy

Daisy Werthan: Ann Heinis grew up in Fergus Falls MN and from age six was involved in every theater activity available to her. Choir school operettas, Junior High talent shows, High School plays and musicals, theatrical/musical productions at the Fergus Falls Community College, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater (FMCT) and many musical productions with Perham Community Education. During her 31 years of teaching special education she would infuse theater experiences into lesson plans (putting on an annual Halloween skit starring her students.) Some of the most beloved characters she has performed were General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, and The Housekeeper in White Christmas. Ann's is enjoying her first experience with the Wadena Madhatters. Having lived in Otter Tail County all of her life, she feels a bit adventurous every time she crosses the Wadena County line, to be yet another beloved character, Miss Daisy. Ann says that Driving Miss Daisy has been an insightful and rewarding experience

Hoke Coleburn: Ibukun (IB) Awosika has an Undergraduate in Psychology with a Minor in Writing and has completed some Master’s credits from Minnesota State University - Moorhead. He adds that he’ll need that, as a late addition to the group, to get into the mind of his character - Hoke Coleburn. Coming from the Fargo/Moorhead area, Ibukun (IB) does stagehand work for Nocturnal Resources, models for art classes at NDSU, and does some day labor every now and then. He enjoys rapping, dancing, studying spirituality/religion, and watching superhero shows/movies. With his first acting experience being an “Acting for Everyone” course in his last semester of college (a semester where he also semi-successfully joined the Dragon Football team), many years and many plays later finds him currently Driving Miss Daisy. His most previous play experience was playing Dick Hallorann in The Shining  during the Fall of 2016 performance with the Fargo Moorhead Community Theater, and his most previous acting experience was in a local film called Echo ​in the summer of 2017 that is still in the process of being edited. He wonders if he can live up to his movie counterpart in Driving Miss Daisy, but the director has no doubts! He signs off his emails with his lifetime commitments of: LIFETIME RAPPER, LIFETIME LOVER OF PEOPLE, LIFETIME LOVER OF DISNEY, LIFETIME FOLLOWER OF GOD, LIFETIME SEEKER OF TRUTH

Boolie Werthan: Chuck Johnson from Perham has been off the stage for several years because of his hearing struggles.  He simply couldn’t resist the draw of the powerful script for Driving Miss Daisy, and he wants to thank the director and cast for going out of their way to help him auditorially in his role as Boolie.  “This is undoubtedly the most profound script I have ever been involved with,” he states. “The deeper I get into the script, the more powerful it becomes,” referring to the racism, generational friction, aging and even some of the antisemitism that the play deals with.  In real life, Chuck is director of the Perham Economic Development Authority.  He and his wife, Darla, have two boys, both married, and living in Milaca, Mn and Hoonah, Alaska.   

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