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Bars of Ivy: The College Admissions Scandal Musical is a fresh, new musical inspired by the 2019 college admissions scandal, which follows Ivy McKenna, a high school senior who gets caught up in the scandal, and faces the consequences for a crime she didn't commit. Ivy learns the power of friendship, loyalty, and truth as she is forced to accept events out of her control. 

Production History

Bars of Ivy began in January of 2021 when Casey Lyons was watching a video about the notorious 2019 College Admissions Scandal. As he watched the children of famous actors and business people, Casey thought "How crushing would it be if your parents cheated to get you into college, and you didn't know?". He wrote a song about this notion, and presented it to Caroline Miller. She was intrigued and they began the process of writing the show.

After a few months, they got some of their friends together to hold a reading. This wasn't the first time they had produced a musical with their friends...Limelight in 2019 sold out two performances at Theater Wit in Chicago, raising $3,000 for Saving tiny Hearts Society! Once their friends signed on, Casey and Caroline booked the Gorton Center theatre in Lake Forest, IL, and rehearsed for two months with their new cast. In July 2021, Casey and Caroline raised $6,000 for Saving tiny Hearts Society with the proceeds from two performances.

But that is only the beginning...Casey and Caroline are working to get Bars of Ivy developed and performed further! In May 2022, a shortened version of the show was performed at the Loyola Academy One Acts Festival. A full-length is slated to be performed at Loyola Academy's brand new Performing Arts Center in June 2023.

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Creative Team

CASEY LYONS (Book, Music, Lyrics) is a performer and writer from Chicago. Casey has been performing professionally since age 11, most notably appearing as Gustave in the first national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. While on tour, Casey recorded “The Beauty Underneath” from Love Never Dies for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th birthday retrospective album Unmasked.  Watching creators put together shows has instilled in him a great desire to create new works himself. He has written and self-produced two original musicals, Limelight and Bars of Ivy, which have collectively raised $9,100 for charity. He plays piano and guitar. In addition to writing and performing, Casey finds joy in photography, graphic design, and filmmaking. Casey is pursuing a dual degree in Voice and Opera Performance & Theatre at Northwestern University. He is represented by Stewart Talent Chicago and is a member of Actors Equity, The Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP. You can find Casey @caseylyonsactor on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and TikTok, or at www.caseylyons.me.

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CAROLINE MILLER (Book) is a Chicago based actor, singer, songwriter, and dancer. She is currently a freshman at Miami University studying theatre and dance. She recently graduated the popular performance voice program at Interlochen Arts Academy. Some credits include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical (BAM Theatre), Gabrielle in Cinderella (Fenwick High School), Assistant Director of A Chorus Line (BAM Theatre), Zaneeta Shin in The Music Man (Fenwick High School), Narrator and Cinderella u/s in Into the Woods (BAM Theatre). hi dad *waves*