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By Meghan Power

Digital Editor

Rance Clouser has taken on a new role. A year ago Clouser was just stepping down after serving a term on the District 97 Oak Park elementary school board. But this spring he’s showing his acting chops -- alongside his daughter Dana -- in a community theater production of Thornton Wilder's “The Matchmaker.”

The three weekend run is at Elmhurst’s Greenman Theatre which performs in a Methodist Church on York Road. The show opens its run this weekend.

“The Matchmaker” follows the adventures of Dolly Levi, a matchmaker at the turn of the 20th century. Dolly (Mary Pavia) runs into a little bit of trouble when she wants to set herself up with one of her clients, wealthy widower Horace Vandergelder (Harold LeBoyer), but he fancies Irene Molloy (Elizabeth Owsley). Horace continues to complicate Dolly's life when he forbids the match of his niece Ermengarde (Dana Clouser, Rance Clouser's daughter) to artist Ambrose Kemper.

“The Matchmaker” opens today, Friday, April 20, and will run on the weekends until Sunday, May 6 at Asbury Hall at the First United Methodist Church at 232 S. York in Elmhurst. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit or call 630-464-2646.  

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