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MMC THEATRE BRINGS GUEST PLAYWRIGHT TO CAMPUS FOR READING OF NEW PLAY
MMC Theatre begins its fall series with a playreading of AT HOME WITH THE CLARKS, a new play by Rand Higbee of Hager City, WI. The full-length comedy will be read beginning at 8 pm on Monday, September 10 in the Bistro Second Stage (Bede 127) on the Yankton campus. AT HOME WITH THE CLARKS, set in 1960's Mayville, begins with a "Leave it to Beaver" or "Father Knows Best" scenario, but the plot takes a radical turn when news is received the Russians have launched a nuclear invasion.
Higbee, who holds a Theatre degree from SDSU in Brookings, SD as well as a Master's degree from UNLV-Las Vegas, comments "the play grew out of conversations I had with people about "Leave it to Beaver" and "Father Knows Best" and shows like that. I often heard people say "It was such a simple, innocent time back then." And I'd say "Let me think. McCarthyism, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, political assassinations, the Cold War with the threat of nuclear destruction hanging over you at all times...no, it wasn't that innocent." Higbee will be in available for a Q & A following the reading, and will also visit a Theatre Appreciation class Monday morning. All are welcome to join the class discussion, held in SLC 104 at 9 a.m.
AT HOME WITH THE CLARKS is under the direction of Andy Henrickson, Associate Professor of Speech & Theatre. Readers include Wyatt Yeager, Terry Lafferty, Nathan Porras, Morgan Hanzlik, Samantha Tobey, Kami Meyerink and Miranda Pribl. The event is free.
Warning: B127 is accessible by a steep flight of stairs only. For more information, please contact Mr. Henrickson at 605-668-1533.
MMC THEATRE PRESENTS GEM OF A MUSICAL, "OPAL", ON FAMILY WEEKEND
MMC Theatre opens its season with Robert Lindsey Nassif's musical, OPAL, running October 25-27 in Marian Auditorium on the Yankton campus. OPAL is based on the childhood diary of Opal Whiteley (Francoise D'Orleans), a young girl who finds herself orphaned following a shipwreck, only to land in a small lumber mill community in Oregon, 1904. A testament to faith and fortitude - as well as the strong work ethic of turn-of-the-century America - Opal transforms the lives around her through her quest to "make earth glad." Performances will be held Thursday and Friday beginning at 7:30 pm, with a Saturday matinee at 4 pm.
The cast of OPAL includes Dylan Babel, Humphrey, NE; Gage Blaschke, Sioux Falls, SD; Shannon Brasel, Yankton, SD; Tessa Carda, Armour, SD; Alyssa Duncan, Sioux City, IA; Brooke Fischer, Sioux Falls, SD; Molly Henrickson, Yankton, SD; John Hodson, Martin, SD; Haley Lind, Marathon, IA; Danieka Novak, Wagner, SD; Ryan Oye, Luverne, MN; Jessica Sahagun, Bloomfield, NE; Samantha Tobey, Norfolk, NE; Julia Schrier, Sioux Falls, SD; Kelsey Thury, Mitchell, SD; and Adam Fitzpatrick, Yankton, SD.
OPAL is under the direction of Andy Henrickson, Mount Marty College Associate Professor of Speech and Theatre. Scenic Design, Lighting Design and Technical Direction by Stephen English, Instructor of Theatre; Vocal Direction by Kenneth Tice, Director of Choral Activities, Costume Design by Keryl Brady, Omaha, NE, and Choreography by Kathryn Reimler, Yankton, SD.
OPAL will be orchestrated by a two-piano score played by James and Marilyn Nyberg, Yankton, SD, and percussionist Anna Kollasch, Whittemore, IA.
Tickets may be reserved by calling the MMC Theatre Box Office, 668-1234, Monday through Friday, Noon-5 pm, beginning Monday October 15. Ticket prices are $10 for adults or $8 for students. For more information, please call the Mount Marty College Theatre department at 605-668-1533.
NATIONAL PLAYERS RETURN TO SOUTH DAKOTA IN APRIL 2013
The National Players, America's Longest Running Professional Classical Touring Company, based in Olney, Maryland, returns to the Yankton campus April 14-16. They will present George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM Sunday evening at 7:30 pm, followed Monday with a 7:30 performance of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET. The SD visit culminates on Tuesday morning with a 90-minute matinee of ROMEO AND JULIET as part of a high school Theatre Day.
Marian Auditorium Renovation Project Is One Step Closer To Completion!
The seats are in! Thank you to all of you who have helped with this project. The improvements look wonderful and we hope you'll enjoy a comfortable seat the next time you attend a Marian even. We installed isle carpeting and lighting. Also, new sound and light booths that will house the new sound system and lighting equipment for which we continue to raise funds.
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