SMSU briefs for March 19

SMSU theater to present ‘The Heiress’

The Southwest Minnesota State University theater program presents its final show of the 2013-2014 season, “The Heiress,” a romantic drama by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, based on the Henry James novel Washington Square. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 3-5 and 11-1 with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on April 13. A dinner theater option is available Friday evening, April 4, and Saturday evening, April 12. All performances are in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre.

Show tickets are available at and at the door. Ticket prices are $14 for the general public, and $12 for students and senior citizens. Dinner theater ticket prices are $34 for the general public and $32 for students and senior citizens and must be booked by the Tuesday prior to the event. The performance on Thursday, April 3, is free to SMSU students with a valid student ID. “The Heiress” is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Set in 1850s New York City, “The Heiress” tells the story of Catherine Sloper, a shy and plain girl. When handsome Morris Townsend falls in love with Catherine, her world is changed forever. Catherine’s father believes Morris is only seeking Catherine’s vast fortune and forbids the marriage. Dramatic events follow until finally Catherine realizes only she can control her future.

“The Heiress” is directed by theater professor Sheila Tabaka who is also the costume designer. J.D. Sargent, theater professor, is the scenic and lighting designer, as well as the technical director. Alexander Pikala, a senior management major with a theater minor from Columbia Heights, is the sound designer. Kyle Havlicek, a junior theater arts major from Redwood Falls, is the stage manager. Lynn Lafky, a senior computer science major from Medford, and Briana Helmer, a sophomore theater arts major from Stillwater, are the props masters. The cast includes:

Mark Bosveld, a community member from Marshall, as Dr. Austin Sloper.

Shannon Coyle, a freshman elementary education and theater arts major from Brandon, S.D., as Elizabeth Almond.

Tony Falk, a senior speech communication radio/TV major and theater arts minor from Marshall, as Morris Townsend.

Callie Frank, a junior theater arts and hospitality management double major from Sartell, as Catherine Sloper.

Turi Jystad, a sophomore theater arts and speech communication double major from Zumbrota, as Maria.

Jesse Lee, a junior biology education major from Marshall, as Arthur Townsend.

Sara Marie Mills, a senior theater arts and speech communication double major from Thief River Falls, as Mrs. Montgomery.

Nadine Purvis Schmidt, theater professor of Estelline, S.D., as Lavinia Penniman.

Payton Shively, a freshman theater arts major from Council Bluffs, Iowa, as Marian Almond.

The dinner theater option, available Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 12, features a menu created and prepared by Student Hospitality Opportunities (SHO). Dinner seating will be from 5:45-6:15 p.m. in IL 117, the Culinology Restaurant. For more information, call the theater office at 507-537-7103.

Those attending shows this season will enjoy a newly renovated lobby and auditorium. New seats and carpeting were installed over the summer, with funds provided by generous donors, the SMSU Foundation and the University, through the “Curtains Up!” campaign. Those who sponsored seats through the campaign are honored with inscribed brass plates on the arms of the new seats.

Carmody, Nicholson president of symphonic band

Meghan Carmody, a sophomore music education-instrumental performance major from Marshall, and Sarah Nicholson, a senior music education major from St. Paul, are co-presidents of the symphonic band at Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Symphonic Band is SMSU’s premier concert ensemble for winds and percussion. Members include music majors as well as outstanding musicians from degree programs throughout the university. The Symphonic Band plays the highest quality literature available for bands and chamber ensembles in a variety of styles and difficulty levels. The Symphonic Band encourages the development of new wind band literature through commissioning efforts. Destinations have included: Beijing and Shanghai, China (2008); London, England (2006); the Caribbean (2004); Washington D.C. (2001); and Australia (2000).

Sanders admitted

Christian Sanders, the son of Mike and Cindy Sanders from Marshall, has been accepted for the fall semester at Southwest Minnesota State University.

His planned major field of study is agribusiness.

Bennett admitted

Hannah Bennett, the daughter of Brett and Donita Bennett from Marshall, has been accepted for the 2014 fall semester at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Her planned major field of study is exercise science.