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Morningside College to present fully staged production of musical comedy "The Mikado"

February 28, 2014, in Latest News

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The Morningside College Lyric Theatre Ensemble will present a fully staged production of the comic musical “The Mikado” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.

Nicholas Wuehrmann, an actor, singer and director from New York City, will be at Morningside College for five weeks to direct the production.

“The Mikado” is one of the most famous works written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It was written in a form that helped lead to the development of modern musical theatre. The production pokes fun at politics and high society. It has remained popular since it opened in London almost 130 years ago.

Student cast members are Clay Ackerman of Huxley, Iowa; Nicholas Anderson of Sioux City, Iowa; Cade Herrig of Wall Lake, Iowa; Nate Hettinger of Le Mars, Iowa; Annika Kolbo of Sioux City; Scott Kruse of Guthrie Center, Iowa; April McCormick of Forest City, Iowa; Allison McNeil of Sioux City; Ben Miller of Sioux City; Erin Nelson of Sioux City; Elizabeth Planck of Omaha, Neb.; Blair Remmers of Alton, Iowa; Cat Ruddy of Minneapolis, Minn.; Nancy Seeman of Stanton, Neb.; Margee Spindler of Sioux City; and Ariel Turnquist of Alta, Iowa.

Other cast members are Juan Ahumada, Melissa Brown, Noah DeRoos, Karl Koelling, Jenna Richter, Tom Schafer, Don Schenk, Kayla Schmitz, Elijah Wolf, and artist faculty members Steve Lundberg and Shannon Salyards.

Kate Saulsbury is artistic and music director, and Chad Hutchinson is the principal conductor. Randy Peters is managing director, and he is in charge of costumes and set. Shannon Salyards is serving as assistant artistic director, and Steve Lundberg is the dialect coach.

The production is free and open to the public. It is part of the Betty Ling Tsang Fine Arts Series at Morningside College.

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