Aug. 22, 2006
The theatre and English departments at Morningside College will sponsor a theatre trip to Spring Green, Wis., from Thursday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 24. The public is invited to attend.
The trip includes tickets to three plays by the American Players Theatre (APT), a professional repertory company. The plays include Shakespeare’s tragedies Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet and the George Bernard Shaw’s comedy Arms and the Man. Also included in the trip will be backstage tours of the theatre and informal gatherings with the actors. The trip will be led by Dr. Marty Knepper, chair of the English department at Morningside.
American Players Theatre, in its 27th season, is situated in a natural amphitheater on 110 acres of woods and meadow just off the Wisconsin River. The acting company produces plays performed in repertory during the summer and early fall each year. Founded in 1979, the theatre has become the most popular outdoor classical theatre in the country.
Knepper said participants will have free time to hike, shop, and tour local attractions. The Spring Green community features the House on the Rock, one of Wisconsin's most popular tourist sites, and the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Nearby attractions include Dodgeville, home of Land's End; Mineral Point, an English style village featuring arts and crafts shops; Mount Horeb, a Norwegian community and the location of “Poupon University” at the famous Mustard Museum; and the capital city of Madison. Spring Green also offers golfing, hiking, and boating.
Cost of the trip is $250, which includes the theatre tickets, lodging, breakfasts, and transportation by automobile. Additional costs will include lunch and dinner meals, snacks, and optional activities. The group will depart from Sioux City at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, and return around 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Lodging will be at the Spring Valley Inn, a Frank Lloyd Wright-style modern facility equipped with a pool, sauna, restaurant, and gift shop, and located near a golf course. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Monday, Sept. 11.
For additional information or to make reservations, contact Marcie Ponder in the English department at Morningside at (712) 274-5126.
College and high school students may qualify for a $100 travel grant. Travel grants are given to students who have financial need along with a strong interest in theater or English. Travel grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not dispensed automatically to any applicant. Designated drivers will also receive stipends to pay for expenses. Students who wish to apply for the travel grant or persons who would like to be designated drivers should also contact Ponder at (712) 274-5126 or by e-mail.