June 30, 2009
Morningside College presents “Mark Twain, The Final Tour” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11, in the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center, 3625 Garretson Avenue, on the college’s campus.
The free performances are underwritten by the Mary Margaret Chandler Holman Endowed Storytelling Program. Actor Stan Gill takes on the role of Mark Twain in a one-man show that is based on the author and humorist’s final tour around the world. In the event of rain, the performances will move to Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue, on the Morningside campus
Gill began performing “Mark Twain, The Final Tour” in 1971 and has presented the show around the country and internationally. A native of Detroit, Mich., Gill has been the founder and artistic director of seven academic and professional theatres in five states. He has written 70 produced plays, including a library of 30 award-winning musicals for children.
The family of the late Mary Margaret Chandler Holman, a Sioux City area educator and librarian, established the Mary Margaret Chandler Holman Endowed Storytelling Program at Morningside College to share her love of storytelling.
“Mark Twain, The Final Tour” is the third performance in the 2009 Betty Ling Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series. Remaining performances in the series include “My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” on July 31 and August 1 and “Side by Side by Sondheim” on August 14 and 15. All performances are free and open to the public.