Oct. 1, 2007
Morningside College’s theatre department will present a production of the children’s musical “Hansel and Gretel” on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, at Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue.
Show times are 1 and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The performances are sponsored by Morningside's Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
This interactive musical, geared towards a children’s audience, is based on the popular Grimm’s fairy tale.
Cast members are Andrew Gerodias, a freshman from Laurens, Iowa, as Hansel; Taylor Wilcox, a freshman from Raymond, Neb., as Gretel; Katie Gorden, a freshman from Le Mars, Iowa, as the wood sprite; Phoebe Smith, a freshman from Clive, Iowa, as the stepmother; Joshua Phipps, a sophomore from Larchwood, Iowa, as the father; and Whitney Gries, a sophomore from Onawa, Iowa, as the witch.
The director is Bette Skewis-Arnett, professor and department chair of theatre at Morningside. The musical director and accompanist is Steven Lundberg, an adjunct professor in Morningside’s music department. Catelin Hoistad, a sophomore from Huron, S.D., is the stage manager.
Other personnel involved with the production are: Jeremy Bauer, a junior from Sioux City, back stage manager; Beau Sudtelgte, a junior from Le Mars, box office manager; Amber Kelley, a freshman from Box Elder, S.D., props master; and April Parkison, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., light board operator. The run crew is comprised of Brenda Chord, a junior from Edgemont, S.D.; Rachel Radel, a senior from Mitchell, S.D.; and Katie Stumpf, a freshman from Laurens.
Admission for the public is $3 for adults and $1 for students. Reservations are not required, but can be made by calling 712-274-5196.
Approximately 2,400 students and teachers from area pre-schools and elementary schools will attend special weekday performances of the play.
Morningside’s theatre department produces four plays a year, including its fall and spring children’s plays, which have entertained more than 39,750 elementary school students and their teachers since 1987.