Nell Gwynn A Virtual Tale Of Intrigue

Photos shot for Purdue Theatre by Melodie Yvonne

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA (Dress Rehearsal – February 17, 2021) – Purdue Theatre’s production of Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale and directed by William W. Lewis is a highly intriguing story expertly performed by an extraordinary cast. Show will livestream February 19 from the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts, and follow with multiple Digital Performances through February 21, 2021. The following excerpt is courtesy of Purdue Theatre’s official website:

“It’s 1660 in England — and the Restoration of King Charles II has brought theatre booming back to life. Stages across London are bursting with all things bawdy, extravagant, and sexy — including the young Nell Gwynn. From a Coal Yard Alley prostitute, to Drury Lane orange seller, to London’s brightest stage star (and one of its first actresses), Nell’s unapologetic humor and fiery spirit win her a place in the hearts of the King and the English public. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016, we hope Nell Gwynn will bring the stages of the Purdue University Department of Theatre roaring back to life — both in our theatres and livestreamed to you!”


February 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Livestream
February 20, 2021 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Digital Performance
February 21, 2021 at 2:30 pm – Digital Performance

Visitors can purchase tickets online at Tickets may also be purchased at all campus box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW.

Check out the photo highlight gallery from the phenomenal show below

Purdue Theatre’s production of Nell Gwynn livestreams February 19 from the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre, and will follow with multiple Digital Performances through February 21, 2021. Tickets can be purchased online at

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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