PHOTO GALLERY TUNA POSTER

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
The action takes place on a late summer day in Tuna, Texas's third smallest town.

ACT 1
Scene 1: Morning News, Radio Station OKKK
Scene 2: Breakfast at the Bumiller House
Scene 3: The Interview
Scene 4: Pet-of-the-Week
Scene 5: Leonard On The Line
Scene 6: The Bitter Pill

ACT 2
Scene 1: The Funeral Parlor
Scene 2: The Midday Report
Scene 3: The Smut Snatches of the New Order
Scene 4: The Interrogation
Scene 5: Evening Prayers
Scene 6: Sign Off

CAST OF CHARACTERS

The Citizens of Tuna, Texas
MR. GORDON PLAYS:

Thurston Wheelis
Bertha Bumiller
Leonard Childers
Pearl Burras
Yippy
Elmer Watkins
R.R. Snavely
Rev. Spikes
Sheriff Givens
Coach Chassie

MR. JONES PLAYS

Arles Struvie
Didi Snavely
Harold Dean Latimer
Petey Fisk
Jody Bumiller
Stanley Bumiller
Charlene Bumiller
Chad Hartford
Phinas Blye
Vera Carp

GUS GORDON (Thurston Wheelis, etc.) founded Gordon Productions along with his wife Claire in 1999. Their first production, FOREVER PLAID, was an unqualified hit and sold out two engagements. Now they are thrilled to be taking you on a theatrical tour of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas! Since arriving in Central Illinois in 1990, Gus has played many leading roles with The Springfield Muni Opera, including Bobby Child in CRAZY FOR YOU, Bill Snibson in ME AND MY GIRL, Stine in CITY OF ANGELS, Joe in SUGAR, and Rapunzel's Prince in INTO THE WOODS. Other local credits include the Dentist in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and Teen Angel in GREASE at The Springfield Theatre Center, a company member of MACK & MABEL and Buddy Plummer in FOLLIES for The Roxy Group, Miles Gloriosus in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and Thurston Wheelis in GREATER TUNA at Lincoln Land Community College. In 1994 he made his debut at The Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan as Joe in the musical SUGAR, and in 1998 returned to play Steven Kodaly in SHE LOVES ME. Gus has twice been named "Best Actor" by both The State Journal- Register and by the readers of The Illinois Times. In the distant past, Gus worked at Kings Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Ohio as a performer in their vaudeville review, THE GOOD OLD DAYS ARE BACK AGAIN and even had a small speaking part on the ABC daytime drama, RYAN’S HOPE. He has been chief meteorologist for NewsChannel 20 for the past ten years. Gus and Claire, a fellow performer and an instructor at Lincoln Land Community College, live in Springfield with their children, Amy and John, and their dog Dixie.

STEVE JONES - (Arles Struvie, etc.) made his stage debut at the age of six as a woodland skunk in the Northside Grade School production of WINNIE THE POOH. He graduated to supporting roles in high school musicals. Who in southern Illinois can forget his seething, passionate, dramatic portrayal of Ali Hakim in the musical OKLAHOMA? It wasn't until much later in life that Steve realized Ali Hakim is the comedy part! In college at EIU, he was Teen Angel in GREASE and he spent a summer working at the Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, where he house managed for many shows and appeared in 32 performances of OKLAHOMA. Several years later, Steve made his local debut in the chorus of EVITA out at The Springfield Muni Opera. Muni roles that followed include Cliff in CABARET, Sir Evelyn in ANYTHING GOES, Billy in 42ND STREET, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY, Cornelius in HELLO, DOLLY!, Bela Zangler in CRAZY FOR YOU, Chuck Baxter in PROMISES, PROMISES, the Steward in INTO THE WOODS, and of course, Daphne/Jerry in SUGAR Theatre Centre audiences will remember him as the "original Seymour" in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Nathan Detroit in GUYS & DOLLS, an Aggie in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Roger in NOISES OFF, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nod from the State Journal Register, and Captain Keller in THE MIRACLE WORKER, for which he was named Best Actor in a Drama. Steve has also appeared in several local commercials and educational videos and has performed at New Salem in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE FANTASTICKS, A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING and MACK & MABEL. In his spare time he is the proud uncle of Courtney and Christopher, and enjoys old movies, food and his continuing obsession with Betty Grable. Enjoy your visit in Tuna!

GREATER TUNA was directed, designed and produced by Gus Gordon. Special thanks to Rob DeCroix (Lights), Brett Rutherford (Sound), Marge Roth, Nancy Whalen and Janet Esper (Costume Crew), Gary Shull, Bridget O'Brien, Greg Floyd, Stan Tyson, Molly Vehlow and Bill Bauser, Jr. (Ushers), Warren and Betty Watts (Box Office) and Claire Gordon (Business Manager).

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