Marshalltown Community Theatre

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The Marshalltown Community Theatre proudly presents “Peter Pan” this summer beginning July 24th on the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse stage. Join Peter, Wendy, John, Michael and of course Tinker Bell, who, along with the Lost Boys, will do battle with the sinister Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Along the journey, you’ll befriend Tiger Lily and her tribe and re-awaken your belief in fairies. This musical favorite includes songs like - "Never Never Land," "I Won't Grow Up" and "I'm Flying."

Everyone knows the story of the boy who would not grow up… "A Musical So Magical, It Actually Takes Flight”!   It’s the story of Peter Pan and his fairy companion, Tinkerbell, who fly from Neverland to the home of the Darlings, where they hover by the window, listening to Wendy telling stories to her brothers, John and Michael.  When Peter and Tink return for his shadow, he meets the Darling children. Together they fly to Neverland where they find the Lost Boys, the Indians of Neverland and, of course, Captain Hook and his horde of Pirates!

Peter Pan includes complex revolving scenery, taking audiences inside the Lost Boys’ underground house, on the deck of Hook’s pirate ship, and into the nursery. A national flying company, ZFX, Inc., has been hired by MCT to direct the technical aspects of making Peter and friends fly above the stage. Additional theatrics include an enormous crocodile and Tinkerbell, a ball of light no bigger than your fist. Children in the audience will even get the chance to help charm Tinkerbell back to life!

Directed by Rick Gooding and Shannon Mitchell, Peter Pan brings together Musical Director Michael Oxley, Choreographer Kimi Benson, Orchestra Director Andrew Geyssens, Accompanist Brianna Yates, Set Designer Kevin Lageschulte, Stage Manager Peggy Schoer, Tech Director Grant Gale, Props Manager Janel Lageschulte, Makeup Manager Lisa Naig, Production Assistant Vanessa Engel and Costume Designer Lynn Maas with an extraordinary “behind the scenes” crew and an orchestra of more than a dozen talented musicians. Our exceptional 32 member community cast includes:  Nick Cooper as Peter Pan, Libby Crawford as Wendy, Ben Stansberry and Brooke Lawton as Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Jesse DeMeyer as John, Lane Akers as Michael, Brenda Zavala-Livengood as Liza, Craig Luttrell as Hook, Dean Messerly as Smee, Sydnie Wohlert as Tiger Lily, a band of Pirates including Ben Kirner, Stacy Heil, Mike Nablo, Nyadoar  Gatwech, Nathan Bloomquist, Ken Walton, Mikela Jones and Ben Stansberry, a tribe of Indians including Erin Duffy, Hannah Shirar, Vanessa Engel, Sami Roseland, Lauren West and Brenda Zavala-Livengood and a family of Lost Boys including Brayden Akers, Marina Rosalez, Cori Goniwicha, Ava Petty, Keaton Rephun, Hannah Summers, Averi Bolar, Maggie Stansberry and Lusia Alvarez, a goofy dog named Nana, played by Nathan Bloomquist, Grown Up Wendy played by Aubrey Does, Wendy’s daughter Jane, played by Hanna Shirar and one great big crocodile played by Brooke Lawton.

Production dates are Friday, July 24th at 7:30 PM, Saturday, July 25th at 7:30 PM, Sunday, July 26th at 2:00 PM, Friday, July 31st at 7:30 PM, Saturday, August 1st at 7:30 PM and a special performance for an invited audience on Sunday, August 2nd at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children ages 12 and under.  Box office opens on July 20th and will be selling tickets from 11 am to 2 pm each day.  Tickets are also available after July 20th by calling (641) 752-4164.

Peter Pan is produced in part, thanks to the generous support of the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation. 

A summer youth theater camp is scheduled to coincide with the production.  Directed by Shannon Mitchell, MCT Kid’s Acting Academy will be held on the Main Stage of the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse and will be led by Marshalltown theater alumni and certified teaching instructors Laura Stansberry, Lauren Williams, Vanessa Engel and Karina Hernandez.  Roger’s University will attend the morning session and community youth ages 7 to 14 will be attending the afternoon session, where they will learn acting, singing and dancing skills as they rehearse the classic story of "Peter Pan”  and learn about set construction, lighting, costuming and all the things that go on “behind the scenes”.





MCT receives grant for summer musical!

The Marshalltown Community Theatre group is proud to announce it has received a grant from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation in the amount of $20,165 to produce the hit Broadway musical Peter Pan. The production of this timeless classic will enable our community to “fly away” to Neverland and will also be the basis of a week-long summer youth theater performance camp.  

The Marshalltown Community Theatre group (MCT) stages four major productions and a summer musical each season on the stage of the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse in Marshalltown, Iowa. It is the only all-volunteer, non-profit live theater company in the area. In addition, the organization provides educational outreach through readers’ theaters, one act shows and special events. With the awarded grant, the group plans to provide five public performances of the musical Peter Pan on July 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and August 1st and plans to provide a special free performance for youth on Sunday, August 2nd. In addition, the group will provide a week-long summer youth performance camp for kids ages seven through fourteen on July 27th through 31st utilizing a Peter Pan theme. 

“Peter Pan is a huge undertaking”, states Shannon Mitchell, marketing liaison for MCT, “because not only does the musical’s royalties supersede our entire regular summer musical budget, but it warrants our need to hire a rigging company to ‘fly’ the actors on stage. With a larger than average set construction budget, large cast costuming requirements (the crocodile costume and light up sword are $700 alone), and expansive lighting and visual effect needs, the production will come at a cost of more than what we normally spend all season. It’s a story so magical…it actually takes flight! “ 

The musical will require a cast of more than 35 actors, singers, and dancers of all ages, and will require dozens of back stage crew members for sound, lighting, set construction, and fly crew. In addition, the musical calls for a live orchestra. The group plans to call upon interested members of the community to volunteer their skills and expertise throughout the entire production process. Auditions are scheduled for Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th. Community-minded adult back stage volunteers are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, May 14th. Rehearsals will begin June 1st. 

Mitchell states “with the approval of this grant, MCT will now be able to engage, educate, and entertain a whole new generation of theater lovers and provide services to our community that it has not normally been able to provide. To say we are honored and excited about this endeavor is really just an understatement… because we are truly THRILLED to be given this opportunity and cannot wait to see it all unfold.” 

The production will be directed by Rick Gooding and Shannon Mitchell. Kimberlee Kups-Benson will serve as choreographer, Andrew Geyssens as music director, sound and lighting design by Grant Gale and set design by Kevin Lageschulte. Shannon Mitchell and Laura Stansberry will direct the youth camp. 

For more information or to volunteer, call Rick or Shannon at (641) 752-4601, visit MCT’s website at or visit the group via Facebook at Marshalltown Community Theatre.  


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