Morningside College’s theatre and music departments
will present the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
“Oklahoma” at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday,
Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 19-21, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, at Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters
The performances are sponsored by Morningside's Academic
and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
“Oklahoma” was the first of nine Broadway
musicals that Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborated on.
The plot centers on the question of who will take Laurey
Williams to the box social, the credible Curly McLain
or the sinister Jud Fry. The musical is set in the time
frame of the pioneer days of the American Southwest.
Cast members are Wendy Bryce, a senior from Sioux City,
as Aunt Eller; Jonathan Rotramel, a senior from Anthon,
Iowa, as Curly McLain; Kayla Glaza, a junior from Manchester,
Iowa, as Laurey Williams; Jonathan Goodin, a freshman
from Sloan, Iowa, as Ike Skidmore; Kyle Mallicoat, a
sophomore from Ogden, Iowa, as Fred; Josh Goebel, a
senior from Granville, Iowa, as Slim; Samuel Kruse,
a freshman from Anita, Iowa, as Will Parker; Justin
Clark, a freshman from Quimby, Iowa, as Jud Fry; Emily
Faber, a junior from Le Mars, Iowa, as Ado Annie; Adam
Webb, a senior from Grundy Center, Iowa, as Ali Hakim.
Other cast members include Mikaela Johnson, a junior
from Colorado Springs, Colo., as Gertie Cummings; Erin
Mulvany, a senior from Tualatin, Ore., as Ellen; Sara
Homrig, a sophomore from Clarinda, Iowa, as Kate; Jenna
Rehnstrom, a sophomore from Hartington, Neb., as Sylvie;
Miranda Stroh of Sioux City as Armina; Keera Herbst
of North Sioux City, S.D., as Aggie; Gethen Baker, a
freshman from Edina, Minn., as Vivian; Lesa Gillespie,
a freshman from Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Virginia;
Crystal Quibell, a freshman from Blue Springs, Mo.,
as Clara; Joel Kraushaar, a junior from Muscatine, Iowa,
as Andrew Carnes; Bryan Deck, a sophomore from Sioux
City, as Cord Elam; Steve Deppe, a sophomore from Prole,
Iowa, as Chalmers; Christopher Frisbie, a senior from
Wall Lake, Iowa, as Mike; and Joshua Wilkerson, a freshman
from Lincoln, Neb., as Joe.
The director is Bette Skewis-Arnett, associate professor
and department chair of theatre at Morningside. Music
director is Tim Watson, visiting assistant professor
of music. Tracy Bennett, dance team coordinator, is
choreographer. Jessica Alexander, a sophomore from Lincoln,
Neb., is assistant director and stage manager. Art Moss,
assistant professor of theatre, is in charge of the
set and lighting design. Vocal coaches are Dr. Gail
Dooley, associate professor of music, and Steve Lundberg,
adjunct voice instructor. Accompanist is Terry Brooks.
Other members of the crew are Jennifer Benjamin, a sophomore
from Estherville, Iowa, assistant stage manager; Jessica
Jenkins, a sophomore from Essex, Iowa, light board operator;
Cassandra Bishop, a sophomore from Glenwood, Iowa, run
crew; Elizabeth Kelly, a freshman from Falls City, Neb.,
costumes; Lia Lauderbeck, a freshman from Spencer, Iowa,
costumes; Melissa Stocks, a junior from Oelwein, Iowa,
box office/house manager; and Jill Ellickson, a senior
from Sioux City, box office/house manager.
Members of the pit crew are Devora Geller, a sophomore
from Des Moines, Iowa, violin; Andy Goodell, a freshman
from Sioux City, cello; Jennifer Van Otterloo, a sophomore
from Sheldon, Iowa, flute; Rachel Baker, a freshman
from Englewood, Colo., oboe; Michelle Schneider, a junior
from Merrill, Iowa, bassoon; Eric Lawson, a junior from
Harlan, Iowa; clarinet; Akio Lis, a 2003 Morningside
graduate from Omaha, Neb., clarinet; Katie Berglof,
a sophomore from Sherwood, N.D., horn; Alison Berglof,
a sophomore from Sherwood, N.D., trumpet; Tyler Schnuckel,
a sophomore from Odebolt, Iowa, trombone; and Amanda
Leu, a junior from Spencer, Iowa, percussion.
General admission is $8 for adults and $6 for senior
citizens and students in K-12. Reservations can be obtained
by calling the Klinger-Neal Theatre box office at (712)
Hypnotist Frederick Winters will perform at Morningside
College on Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium,
3625 Garretson Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored
by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series
(ACAS) and the Morningside Activities Council (MAC).
Winters will hypnotize volunteers from the audience
and perform entertaining tricks during his performance.
He performs over 200 shows annually and has entertained
over 500,000 people during his career. Winters was nominated
for the Campus Activities Magazine 2003 Reader’s
Choice Awards in the categories of Best Live Novelty
Performance, Best Male Performer, and Entertainer of
Winters became a hypnotist while he attended Northwestern
University in Evanston, Ill., as a “sidekick”
for hypnotist George Vaughn Lowther. His career began
with performances at shows, workshops, and parties in
the Chicago area, and later at resorts and cruise ships
before he signed with agents Scott Bass and Chris Schuler
of Bass/Schuler Entertainment.
Morningside College will host the fourth biennial Health
Expo 2004 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.
4, in the Randolph Room of the Olsen Student Center,
3609 Peters Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored
by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series
(ACAS). Health Expo 2004 was organized by Carol Garvey,
director of student health at Morningside College.
The health fair will feature various “hands-on”
interactive presentations on health-related topics such
as ergonomics, addictions, blood pressure screening,
healthy relationships, stages of pregnancy development,
spiritual health, mental health, and nutrition. There
will be vision screenings, screenings for sun damage
to the face, simulated drunk goggles, and a strong woman/strong
The Siouxland Blood Bank will be in attendance to do
blood typing and take blood donations. The Sioux City
Police Department will also be in attendance to provide
For more information, contact Carol Garvey at (712)
The 32nd annual Morningside College Jazz Festival, sponsored
by Morningside College and KMEG-TV, will be held Monday
through Wednesday, Feb. 9 to 11, on the Morningside
More than 70 high school and middle school instrumental
jazz ensembles will perform throughout the three-day
event. The majority of the ensembles are from Northwest
Iowa. The competition will be held from 8 a.m. until
5:30 p.m. each day in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson
Festival concerts featuring the guest artists will be
held at 8 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium each evening. The
concerts will feature Doreen’s Jazz New
Orleans on Monday, the Morningside
College Jazz Band featuring nationally known
saxophone player Dr. Bob Miller, composer Dr. Bob Washut,
and Dr. Mike Lewis on trombone on Tuesday, and Orquesta
Alto Maiz on Wednesday.
Reserved seating admission for all three concerts is
$15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.
Single-concert admission prices are $10 for adults and
$5 for students and senior citizens. For reservations,
contact the Morningside College Music Department at
This year’s guest artists and clinicians are Lewis,
Miller, Washut, Sean Flanigan, Andy Hall, and Brent
Sandy. Flanigan is assistant professor of trombone at
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, and has played with
Orquesta Alto Maiz. Hall has recorded with Mannheim
Steamroller and Maynard Ferguson and is a regular on
the faculty at the Reggie Schive Summer Jazz Camp. Lewis
is associate professor of trombone at the University
of Wisconsin-Platteville and a clinician for United
Musical Instruments. Miller is interim vice president
for academic affairs at St. Martin’s College in
Lacey, Wash. He is a past director of the schools of
music at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches,
Texas, and the University of Idaho. Sandy and Washut,
director of jazz studies at the University of Northern
Iowa, are both members of Orquesta Alto Maiz.
The festival is sanctioned by the Iowa High School Music
Association and is the Northwest Iowa preliminary contest
for the Iowa Jazz Championships. The festival is also
approved by South Dakota and Nebraska high school associations.
The first and second place winners in each class will
be invited to perform in an honors concert at the conclusion
of each day’s competition. The honors concerts
are free of charge and open to the public.
Tony Roma’s will serve food throughout the day
and before the evening concerts.
Dr. Gerry Bouma, department chair of music at Morningside,
is the director of the Morningside Jazz Band and the
Morningside Jazz Festival.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans is
a Dixieland jazz sextet that has performed throughout
the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and
the Far East. They have made national television appearances
on VH1, MTV, BET, NBC, ABC, PBS, and CNN and performed
on television commercials for Hardee’s, Fresca
USA, and Easy Spirit Shoes. The group has performed
for four U.S. Presidents and toured with the late Al
Hirt. The group is led by clarinetist Doreen Ketchens,
who had a recording session with The Black Crowes in
The Morningside College Jazz Band,
comprised of students from Morningside and Western Iowa
Tech Community College (WITC), will play a variety of
selections, including several written by festival adjudicator/clinicians
Washut and Lewis. Washut, Lewis, and Miller will be
featured soloists with the jazz band during their concert
and will perform as a combo with Morningside Jazz Band
bassist Mike Nicodemus, a Morningside senior from Aurelia,
Iowa, and drummer Marty Schaefer, a student from WITC.
Orquesta Alta Maiz, also known as “The
Salsa Band,” is a popular 11-piece Latin jazz-dance
band that makes its home in Iowa City, Iowa. The band
plays a wide range of Latin musical styles, including
meringue, samba, cha-cha-cha, salsa, calypso, and boleros.
The group has performed regionally and internationally
since 1986. Washut is the band’s musical director.
For additional information, contact Dr. Gerry Bouma
The Sioux City Community School District School Board
and Morningside College today released the terms of the
current Roberts Stadium proposal under consideration.
The school board will take public input on the proposal
on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of
the Education Service Center. Previous public forums
were held at the regularly scheduled school board meetings
on Dec. 16 and Jan. 13 and on the college campus on
The terms of the current proposal under consideration
- In exchange for retention of all current uses and
for improvements of $2.35 million to be made to Roberts
Stadium, the Sioux City School District would transfer
title to the stadium to Morningside College for $1.
- The list of improvements to which the $2.35 million
will be applied will include:
New all-weather surface track
New field lighting
New field turf
New public address system
New east-end restrooms
Asphalting parking lots and adding lights
Locker & shower building repairs, including winterizing,
upgrading the heating and cooling system, and new
Caulking, coating, and concrete repair of south bleacher
Caulking, coating, and concrete repair of north bleacher
Press box renovation, including painting and a new
Structure bracing of the shelter house
- The college guarantees that $1.5 million of these
improvements will be made to Roberts Stadium within
7 years, with the remaining $850,000 to be made in
the following three years, so that all improvements
would be made within 10 years.
- Morningside guarantees that the school district
would retain use of the stadium, as per current use,
for 20 years.
- At any time after the first 20 years, if the college
would elect to change the use of the property, the
college will give the school district a five-year
notice of its intention. In that event, the college
would allow the district to buy the stadium back for
$1 or would pay the district $2.5 million.
- The college has pledged to preserve the traditional
Star Fest band festival date.
- The college has pledged to protect Thursday and
Friday nights for high school football.
- The college has pledged that the Sioux City Relays
will continue as they have in the past.
- The school district and the college would work together,
as in the past, to ensure that the scheduling of events
meets the needs of both parties.
- Scheduling of new events would be negotiated.
- The handling of gate receipts and concession revenues
at school district events will remain unchanged.
- Advertising revenue associated with fixed assets
would be shared, with 75 percent of the revenue going
to the school district and 25 percent going to the
- The school district would agree to pay Morningside
a usage fee of $40,000 annually for 5 years to defray
utilities and costs directly associated with high
school events; thereafter, any increase in the fee
would not exceed the rate of inflation as determined
by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The college has a private donor who is willing to contribute
$2.35 million for the Roberts Stadium project and $150,000
for improvements to Bass Field. The donor's intent is
to benefit the youth of the school district and the
students of Morningside.