ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Theater will unveil a world-premiere Cole Porter musical as part of its annual student one-act festival.
The musical will be presented in NSU’s beautifully restored Krikac Auditorium for two performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28. This yearly showcase event is dedicated to student-directed and written plays and presented to raise scholarship dollars for theater and musical theater students. All proceeds go toward scholarships.
The premiere is an original musical titled “Love is a Fool’s Prize.” Students Seth M. and Sarah Honerman had an idea to create a new musical for this year’s student showcase and approached the Cole Porter estate for permission to use songs from his catalog. The estate granted rights for seven songs, including such standards as “Night and Day,” “Too Darn Hot,” “So in Love” and “Let’s Misbehave.”
“Love is a Fool’s Prize” is the story of two bootleggers in 1923 who are making late-night deliveries. They stop at the estate of Ruth Schoeder, who is clueless about the delivery. The younger bootlegger, Anthony, falls in love with Ruth, but is hindered by his shyness. Leo, the experienced one, sees this and attempts to steal Ruth away from him. Ruth's caretakers, however, intervene.
Hard-edged bootlegger Leo is played by Jason Honerman, Sioux Falls, while Anthony, a naïve and clownish young man, is played by Eli Corbett, Lead. Ruth Schroeder, a free-spirited young woman of wealth, is performed by Jillian Jensen of Lennox, while her caretaker, Nellie Lynch, will be Kaitlin Buchholz of Tripp. Rounding out the cast is Irving Hilt, the caretaker of the Schroeder estate, played by Joseph Weseloh, Watertown.
The curtain raiser for the evening’s entertainment is the one-act play “The Sure Thing,” by David Ives. This is a classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an off-stage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes and faux pas on the way to falling in love. Cast as the two would-be lovers are Haley Hubbard, De Smet, and Curtis Lawrence, St. Francis, Minn.
Both plays are directed by Seth M. Honerman. Joseph Weseloh is doing the vocal direction and Eric Derington, Taft, Calif., is designing the lights. Kate Jarland, Jamestown, N.D., will be stage managing and collecting the props. Natalie Allcock, Britton, will be accompanying the musical. Jason Honerman will be doing the scenic design for the evening.
All tickets for this theater scholarship event are $10. Seating is not reserved. Tickets will be available at the door each evening beginning at 6:45. Cash or checks only. For more information, call 605-626-2563.