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Evangel University Theatre presents “The Matchmaker”

Published on Oct 30, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University’s Theatre program proudly presents “The Matchmaker,” a play by Thorton Wilder. Showtimes are November 2-4 at 7 p.m. in Evangel’s Barnett Theater. The community is invited to attend.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults (19-59), $15 for senior citizens (60+) and students/children, and $5 for current EU students with valid I.D. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the box office.

Production and performers 

“The Matchmaker” is a comedy by reknowned American playwright Thorton Wilder. The story follows the irrepresible Dolly Gallagher Levi, a professional matchmaker, as she assists Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant, in finding a wife. Dolly’s story is subsequently affected by two of Vandergelder’s clerks, a variety of ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant, leading to comedic complications.

“The Matchmaker” served as the basis for the 1964 hit Broadway musical “Hello, Dolly!” Various iterations have starred Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, and Carol Channing as Dolly, and a 1969 film version directed by Gene Kelly was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

“The story of Dolly Levi is uproariously funny and features everything from slapstick situations, mistaken identities, and secret rendezvous,” said Dr. Vickie Wisdom, professor of theatre and head of EU Theatre. “We invite the community to join us for what will undoubtedly be a night of laughter and excitement!”

Students from any major may audition for a role in EU Theatre productions. The cast features the following Evangel students:

Dolly Gallagher Levi – Olivia Ingamells

Horace Vandergelder – Colten Wilson

Cornelius Hackl – Dawson Flatness

Barnaby Tucker – Geoffrey Prest

Malachi Stack – Lane Buckingham

Ambrose Kemper – Christian Redding

Joe Scanlon/August – Payton Penman

Rudolph – Clayton Wester

Cabman – Kale Bauer

Miss Flora VanHuysen – Anna Pratt

Mrs. Molloy – Mikayla Baker

Minnie Fay – Chloe Deutsch

Ermengarde – Jolie Smallwood

Gertrude – London Redstone

Miss VanHuysen’s Cook – Harmony Husbands

The Theatre program at Evangel University is a vibrant offering through its Humanities Department. 


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • #1 Best College in Springfield & #2 Best Christian College in Missouri by Niche
  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at