Jan. 29, 2007
Morningside College’s theatre department will present the Leonard Gershe play “Butterflies are Free” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 15 to 17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue.
The performances are sponsored by Morningside's Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
The play was inspired by the life of attorney Harold Krents and his struggle to overcome blindness to become independent. The storyline of the play revolves around a blind man whose controlling mother disapproves of his relationship with a free-spirited hippie.
Cast members are Trey Blackburn, a sophomore from Knoxville, Iowa, as Don Baker; Whitney Gries, a freshman from Onawa, Iowa, as Jill Tanner; David Kenan, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, as Ralph Austin; and Bette Skewis-Arnett, professor and chair of theatre at Morningside, as Mrs. Baker.
Skewis-Arnett is also the play’s costume designer. Michael Rohlena, admissions liason to theatre, is the director and scenic designer. Rachel Radel, a junior from Mitchell, S.D., is stage manager, and Catelin Hoistad, a freshman from Huron, S.D., is assistant stage manager.
Other members of the crew are: Christina Meranda, a sophomore from Ceresco, Neb., sound board operator; April Parkison, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., light board operator; Elizabeth Kelly, a senior from Falls City, Neb., props master; Andrew Goodell, a senior from Sioux City, props; Tanya Anderson, a junior from Piedmont, S.D., run crew; Beau Sudtelgte, a sophomore from Le Mars, Iowa, house manager; Maggie Konecne, a freshman from Hardy, Iowa; Nicole Helgeson, a junior from Altoona, Iowa; Sharona Ernst, a senior from Falls City, Neb.; Mackenzie Deeds, a junior from Sioux City; Brian Johnson, a junior from Bronson, Iowa; Jeremy Bauer, a junior from Lake City, Iowa; Tyler McClellan, a senior from Schleswig, Iowa; and Annika Kolbo, a freshman from Sioux City.
General admission is $5. Reservations can be obtained by calling the Klinger-Neal Theatre box office at (712) 274-5196.