Earlier this week, I told you about what our theatre students are up to on campus this summer—learning the art of stage combat.
“Slaphappy” is at 7:30 p.m. tonight, by the way, at the Warehouse Theatre if anyone’s interested in seeing the fight illusions our students have been working on.
The rest of our theatre students are in Iowa preparing for the 56th year of Okoboji Summer Theatre.
Okoboji is the site of an old airplane hanger in Spirit Lake, Iowa, that was converted into a theatre in the early 1950s. Stephens began leasing it in 1958, using it to give theatre students more performance and stage management experience. Stephens has been expanding and improving the facilities since.
I’ve not yet been (but planning to go this summer!) but I do know they have a loyal following of locals and tourists who frequent the performances.
This year, theatre professor Dan Schultz is serving as the artistic director. He told the Sioux City Journal that audiences won’t notice substantial changes this year, although the student performers will be new this year.
The first play, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is June 11-16 if anyone’s heading north next month. I’m holding out for “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” in July (love, love, love Sinatra, so I’m so excited).
This year, the performers are also expanding Sprouts Plays for Living, the educational theatre company Stephens became affiliated with earlier this year (you can read more about that here).
Then check out the Journal’s report from the action in Iowa.