Sept. 23, 2008
Morningside College’s theatre department will present a musical production of the Grimm’s Brothers children’s story “Rapunzel” on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, at Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue.
Show times are 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The performances are sponsored by Morningside's Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Rapunzel is the story of a young woman with extraordinary long hair locked in the top of a tall tower by a jealous witch. She is discovered by a handsome prince, who battles the witch in order to win Rapunzel’s freedom.
Cast members are Rose Stevenson, a freshman from Sioux City, as Rapunzel; Andrew Gerodias, a sophomore from Laurens, Iowa, as the prince; Trey Blackburn, a senior from Knoxville, Iowa, as Martin, a peasant farmer; Sarah Schreur, a junior from Hawarden, Iowa, as Gretchen, the farmer’s wife; Phoebe Smith, a sophomore from Clive, Iowa, as Mother Gothel, the neighborhood witch; and Arthur Moss, assistant professor of theatre at Morningside, as Jacob Grimm.
Moss is also the director and set designer. Randy Peters, artistic director of the Betty Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series, is the costume designer. The music director and accompanist is Steve Lundberg, an adjunct faculty member at Morningside.
Other personnel include:
Beau Sudtelgte, a senior from Le Mars, Iowa, stage manager; Ashley Egan, a freshman from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, assistant stage manager; Jennifer Bechtel, a senior from Cherokee, Iowa, assistant costume designer; Megan Parrish, a senior from Spencer, Iowa, lighting designer; Whitney Gries, a junior from Onawa, Iowa, house manager; Catelin Hoistad, a junior from Huron, S.D., assistant house manager; Jeremy Bauer, a senior from Lake City, Iowa, backstage manager; Maggie Konecne, a junior from Humboldt, Iowa, light board operator; April Parkison, a junior from Omaha, Neb., run crew; Ashley Dodgen, a freshman from Bloomington, Ill., run crew; Brittney Foxhoven, a freshman from South Sioux City, Neb., run crew.
Madeleine Kobus, a freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, costume crew; Katie Sokolowski, a freshman from Wakonda, S.D., makeup; Matt Sitzmann, a senior from Le Mars, Iowa, publicity assistant; Michael Bryant, a junior from Farragut, Tenn., set and prop construction; Tara Sueck, a freshman from Elliott, Iowa, set and prop construction; Jessica Bartak, a freshman from Ewing, Neb., set and prop construction; Katie Gorden, a junior from Le Mars, Iowa, set and prop construction; Madalyn Mardesen, a freshman from Elliott, Iowa, set and prop construction; and Kelsey Saboe, a freshman from Royal, Iowa, set and prop construction.
Stan Gill, a theatre professional who was a guest artist in residence at Morningside in 1998, wrote the play.
Admission price is $3.
Approximately 2,200 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 children’s plays, which have entertained more than 42,400 elementary school students and their teachers since 1987.