Feb. 5, 2009
Morningside College’s theatre department will present William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and Thursday, Feb. 19, with a high school student matinee at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, and showings at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue.
The performances are sponsored by Morningside’s theatre department and by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
“Macbeth” has been estimated to have been written by Shakespeare near 1606. It is one of his shortest plays, and one filled with bloody rage and fight for political power. Macbeth is visited by three supernatural beings that prophesize a future putting Macbeth in the throne of Scotland, a prediction that gives him high hopes and an ambitious hunger for success.
The play raises questions regarding ethical and moral standards, the point at which ambition takes over, and to what extent political figures should go in order to find their place of power, according to Art Moss, director of the play and assistant professor in the theatre department.
“It’s a play that shows us someone who loses the capacity to respond to others. At the same time he realizes that if he continues to do what he wants to do that it will ultimately destroy him,” says Moss, who has been an actor and director at several universities and regional theatres. He specializes in stage combat and stagecraft.
Cast members include Dave Kenan, a senior from Cherokee, Iowa, as Macbeth; and Tyrel Drey, junior from Storm Lake, Iowa, as Macduff. Several of the cast members will be performing multiple parts in the play. Katie Gorden, a senior from Le Mars, Iowa, will be playing Lady Macbeth and a messenger; April Parkison, a junior from Omaha, Neb., will be playing Lady Macduff and a servant.
Other cast members include: Tanya Anderson, a 2008 Morningside graduate from Piedmont, S.D., as Hecate; Trey Blackburn, a senior from Knoxville, Iowa, as Banquo, murderer and an English soldier; Michael Bryant, a junior from Knoxville, Tenn., as Roxx; Tom Chilton, a sophomore from Sioux City, as a messenger and Fleance; Mac Deeds, a senior from Sioux City, as Malcom; Andrew Gerodias, a junior from Storm Lake, as Seyton, Porter and murderer; Jamie Greenlee, a freshman from Le Mars, as Donalbain; Paul Guggenheimer, host for South Dakota public radio and teacher at Western Iowa Tech, as Duncan and siward; Nikki Helgeson, a senior from Altoona, Iowa, as bleeding sergeant, murderer and young siward; Maddie Mardesen, a freshman from Elliott, Iowa, as a witch and an apparition; Lucy Moss, daughter of director Art Moss, from Sioux City, as Macduff’s daughter; Athena Riesenberg, a sophomore from Sioux City, as a witch and an apparition; Nate Sadler, a sophomore from Mapleton, Iowa, as Angus and a murderer; Jacob Sandvick, a junior from Sioux City, as Lennox; Geana Schneider, a senior from Le Mars, as a witch, an apparition and a gentlewoman; Phoebe Smith, a junior from Clive, Iowa, as a doctor; and Owen Werden, son of assistant professor of English Leslie Werden, as Macduff’s son.
The play is directed by Moss with assistance from production staff: Beau Sudtelgte, a senior from Le Mars, as stage manager and lighting designer; Brittany Foxhoven, a sophomore from South Sioux City, Neb., assistant stage manager; Maggie Konecne, a junior from Humboldt, Iowa, house manager; Catelin Hoistad, a junior from Huron, S.D., lightboard operator; Jeremy Bauer, a senior from Lake City, Iowa, backstage manager; Ashley Dodgen, a freshman from Bloomington, Ill., run crew; Ashley Egan, a freshman from Cedar Rapids, house assistant; Jenn Bechtel, a senior from Cherokee, costume crew; Randy Peters, director of the Betty Ling Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series, costumer; and Bette Skewis-Arnett, professor of theatre at Morningside College, costumer.
General admission is $5 and $1 for Morningside students and other area college students with a valid ID. Reservations can be obtained by calling the Klinger-Neal Theatre box office at (712) 274-5197.