Feb. 2, 2005
of the actors will be wearing masks when the Morningside College
Theatre Department presents the Niccolo Machievelli play “The
Mandrake” at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 17 to
19, at Klinger-Neal Theatre.
The performances will feature elements of a popular form of
traditional Italian comic theatre known as “commedia
dell arte.” All of the characters except the romantic
leads will wear comic masks, according to Art Moss, assistant
professor of theatre at Morningside. Moss, who is the play’s
director and scene designer, said “additionally, the
stage and seating of Klinger-Neal Theatre has been rearranged
to suggest the rustic intimacy of a 16th-century outdoor theatre.”
“The Mandrake” is a comedy that takes a satirical
look at Florence, Italy, during the period of the Renaissance.
The play is the story of Callimaco, a passionate young man,
who engineers a love affair with a young woman named Lucrezia.
Members of the cast are: Joshua Creekmore, a sophomore
from Hartington, Neb., as Callimaco; Andrew Goodell,
a sophomore from Sioux City, as Siro; Charles Burton,
a freshman from Sioux City, as Nicia; Mikaela Johnson,
a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo., as Luguria; Elizabeth
Kelly, a sophomore from Falls City, Neb., as Lucrezia;
Danielle Reeves, a sophomore from Hamburg, Iowa, as
Sostrata; Crystal Quibell, a junior from Blue Springs,
Mo., as woman; and Steve Lumberg, an adjunct faculty
member in the Morningside music department, as Fra Timoteo.
Betty Skewis-Arnett, professor of theatre, is costume
Rachel Radel, a freshman from Mitchell, S.D., is the
assistant director and James Schmidt, a sophomore from
Fremont, Neb., is the stage manager.
The performances are sponsored by Morningside's Academic and
Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
General admission is $5. Reservations can be obtained by calling
the Klinger-Neal Theatre box office at (712) 274-5196.