April 9, 2007
Morningside College’s theatre department will present the award-winning Brian Friel play “Dancing At Lughnasa” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, April 19 to 21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue.
The performances are sponsored by Morningside's Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
“Dancing At Lughnasa,” written by Friel in 1981, is a drama set in 1930s Ireland about five unmarried sisters, one with a young son, who seek out their lives in Ballybeg, a fictional village that Friel created based on his own experiences from Northern Ireland around Donegal.
The play was first produced in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1990, and later met widespread critical acclaim on Broadway, where it won Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress.
Cast members are Tyrel Drey, a freshman from Storm Lake, Iowa, as Michael; Elizabeth Kelly, a senior from Falls City, Neb., as Kate; Sharona Ernst, a senior from Falls City, Neb., as Maggie; Whitney Gries, a freshman from Onawa, Iowa, as Agnes; Brenda Chord, a junior from Edgemont, S.D., as Rose; Audrey Hantla, a sophomore from Sioux City, as Chris; Mackenzie Deeds, a junior from Sioux City, as Jack; and David Kenan, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, as Gerry.
The play is directed by Bette Skewis-Arnett, professor and chair of theatre at Morningside. Michael Rohlena, admissions liason to theatre, is set and lighting design manager. The costume designer is Randy Peters of Sioux City.
Members of the crew include Rachel Radel, a junior from Mitchell, S.D., stage manager and poster and program designer; Beau Sudtelgte, a sophomore from Le Mars, Iowa, assistant stage manager; Tanya Anderson, a junior from Piedmont, S.D., props mistress; April Parkison, a freshman from Omaha, Neb., props assistant; Catelin Hoistad, a freshman from Huron, S.D., sound operator; Maggie Konecne, a freshman from Hardy, Iowa, light board operator; Christina Meranda, a sophomore from Ceresco, Neb., wardrobe; Trey Blackburn, a sophomore from Knoxville, Iowa, set and run crew; and Nicole Helgeson, a junior from Altoona, Iowa, house manager.
General admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students. Reservations can be obtained by calling the Klinger-Neal Theatre box office at (712) 274-5196.