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March 27, 2001

HARDSHIP OF PIONEERING DAYS COMES TO VITERBO IN O PIONEERS

LA CROSSE, Wis.— The Viterbo University La Croix Black Box Theatre is saddling up for its next play, O Pioneers, April 5-9.

Darrah Cloud’s adaptation of Willa Cather’s classic novel O Pioneers frames the story of Alexandra Bergson, a young Swedish immigrant on the Nebraska plains, with music. Thrust into taking responsibility for her family after the death of her father, Alexandra displays a powerful spirit and strong determination, qualities that sustain her and also bring her great pain.

"The script, which explores the American immigrant experience and the restrictions women of the times faced, is written to be performed with a minimalist set; only a few basic props are used so the audience must see Nebraska through their mind’s eye. The La Croix Black Box Theatre is a perfect space for this," said Janet McLean, director.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9. For more information call the Viterbo University Box Office at 608-796-3100.

EDITORS: PLEASE NOTE STUDENTS FROM YOUR CITIES/TOWNS

STATE CITY FIRST NAME LAST NAME YEAR ROLE
IA Castalia Jill Tieskoetter Junior "Immigrant/Singer/Voices;" Musician- French Horn
Des Moines Ben Minnis Junior "Carl Linstrum"
IL Arlington Heights Stephanie Urban Freshman "Immigrant/Singer"
Hawthorn Woods Katie Siri Freshman "Milly"
Woodstock Philip Nelson Junior "Father"
MN Blaine Tony Courtwright Senior Lighting Designer
Brooklyn Park Erin Campbell Freshman Pianist
Circle Pines Amanda Davis Freshman "Angelique"
Circle Pines Rachel  Finch Freshman "Mrs. Lee"
Minneapolis Nickolas Rapacz Senior "Lou;" Violinist
St. Cloud Adam Terry Freshman "Ivar"
St. Paul Derrick Harper Sophomore "Marcel"
Shakopee Raisa Thornton Sophomore "Immigrant/Singer/Voices;" Assistant Music Director
WI DeForest Jennifer Spridco Sophomore "Alexandra"
Greendale Nadia Wahhab Junior "Annie Lee"
La Crosse/Oostburg Kimberly Nysse-Gaska Senior Piano Accompanist
La Farge Mike DeLine Freshman "Frank Shabata"
Merrimac Amandah MacLeish Sophomore "Narrator/Mama Bergson"
Portage Timothy  O'Neill Freshman "Amadee"
Porterfield Jeramy Felch Sophomore 'Emil"
Stratford Andrew Kaiser Senior Music Director
Richland Center Rebecca Kaasa Sophomore "Marie;" Cellist
River Falls Kevin Dahm Junior Assistant Director/Stage Manager
Viroqua Molly Reese Sophomore Violinist
Waukesha David Goecke Freshman "Oscar Bergson"
Waupaca Jessica Hadley Freshman "Immigrant/Singer"
Wauwatosa Jennifer Roberdeau Sophomore Flutist
Wisconsin Rapids Alyssa Fencil Freshman Oboist

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