July 24, 2012
The excitement was contagious backstage at The Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, as Prairie Players Community Theatre geared up for their summer 2012 production of the comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, July 20-22.
The show had a cast and crew numbering movre than 65, including 16 Knox students, faculty, and recent graduates. Photographers Peter Bailley '74 and Kelly Eigenberger '13 followed several in the cast and crew backstage and in rehearsal.
"We have some wonderfully talented Knox students who are employing their education by designing the costumes, serving as stage manager, actors, and sound design. It is a wonderful mix of college and community coming together," said Kurt Killam, director, in an interview with the Galesburg Register-Mail.
The 30-member cast featured recent Knox graduates Alex Lindgren, Isaac Miller, Alex Shi, and Pier Debes; and one current student, John Budding, as pirates and policemen.
Behind the scenes were recent graduates Sam Newport, Liz Picurro, and Ivy Reid; current students Franzesca Mayer, Miranda Loeber, and Marta Gulyash; and faculty members Jill Marasa and Margo Shively.
Knox students, faculty, and alumni in Pirates of Penzance:
|John Budding||2013||Patrick Two-Patch|
|Laurel Filzen||Faculty||French Horn|
|Mitch Fischer||2016||No-Beard Ned|
|Miranda Loeber||2014||Assistant Costume Designer|
|Marta Gulyash||2013||Orchestra: Keyboard|
|Jill Marasa||Faculty||Orchestra: Clarinet|
|Franzesca Mayer||2013||Costume Designer|
|Samantha Newport||2011||Assistant Director|
|Elizabeth Picurro||2012||Stage Manager|
|Ivy Reid||2012||Microphone Assistant|
|Arnold Salgado||2013||Assistant to the Director|
|Margo Shively||Faculty||Costume Consultant|