SMSU Briefs for Jan. 31

‘Life of Ernest Oberholtzer’ presentation is Feb. 13 at library, SMSU

Environmental Science Professor Emily Deaver and English Professor Marianne Zarzana will give a presentation titled “Mallard Island & the Legacy of Ernest Oberholtzer: Centering Through the Earth and the Arts” from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, and the same talk as part of SMSU’s New Work Faculty Forum from 7-8 p.m. in Charter Hall 217 on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

Their focus is a program week titled “Centering Through the Earth and the Arts” that Zarzana organized and Deaver attended on Mallard Island, Rainy Lake, during the summer of 2017.

Zarzana will read excerpts from “Keeper of the Wild: The Life of Ernest Oberholtzer,” by Joe Paddock, along with poems that she and other participants wrote about Mallard Island. Deaver will discuss her lichen research on Mallard Island and share photographs she took of the island.

Oberholtzer is an Iowa native who purchased Mallard Island in 1922, and lived there for more than 50 years. He is one of eight founding members of the Wilderness Society.

Both events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. The SMSU event is sponsored by the New Work Faculty Forum program coordinated by Philosophy Professor Maureen Sander.

SMO to perform Feb. 13 at First Lutheran

The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra will present “Concerto Da Camera,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Students and children are free.

The concert will feature Te-Chiang Liu on violin, in Dvorak’s “Romanze for Violin and Orchestra.” Liu is the longest-serving concertmaster in the orchestra, said Director Dan Rieppel, “and dictates how the string players phrase the music. He is the right-hand man of the conductor.”

Also featured will be Anabelle Lecy, cello, in Boccherini’s “Cello Concerto.” Lecy “is a wonderful high school cellist who has been playing with the orchestra a lone time. Due to her talent, we let her play at an early age,” he said. She is a PSEO concurrent enrollment student at Marshall High School and SMSU.

The entire orchestra will play Mozart’s “G Minor Symphony,” said Rieppel.

The Prairie Winds Quintet will also play at the concert. The quintet is comprised of Melanie Lee, flute; Jeanette Vosveld, oboe; Ross Anderson, clarinet; Julie Simonson, bassoon; and Beth Steuck, French horn.

SMSU Theater’s 50th anniversary season continues with the comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’

The third show of SMSU Theater’s 50th anniversary season is the madcap farce with music “One Man, Two Guvnors” by Richard Bean, with songs by Grant Olding. Performances are Feb. 15-17 and 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Dinner theater is available for the Saturday, Feb. 17 performance. Show tickets are $10 and are available at and at the door. All performances are in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre, with free parking available in lot B-1. The Thursday, Feb. 15 performance is free to SMSU students with a valid student ID.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is a modern adaptation of the first show performed on the SMSU (then SMSC) Mainstage, Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” back in 1968. In 1960s England, likeable but clueless Francis gets fired from his pop band, then inadvertently gains not one but two new jobs and new bosses. His efforts to keep them from finding out about each other are complicated by secret identities, hidden connections, love triangles, and more, resulting in wildly hilarious farce and slapstick comedy. Scene transitions feature music performed by a Skiffle band.

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is directed by guest artist Dr. Tom Woldt, a professional director, actor, author and the founder and director of Action Talent Group, a talent agency serving the Midwest. Assistant Professor of Theater and SMSU Theater Arts alumnus Mike Lenz of Cottonwood, is the scenic, lighting and sound designer and technical director. Theater Professor Sheila Tabaka of Marshall, is the costume designer. Jim Tabaka of Marshall, is the music director. Theater Professor Nadine Purvis Schmidt of Estelline, S.D., is the producer. Cat (Caitlin) Schmidt, a sophomore Theatre Arts major from Gaylord, is the stage manager.

The cast includes:

Wyatt Albers, a sophomore political science and environmental science double major from South Haven, as Alan Dangle.

Morgan Benson, a senior theater arts major from Tracy, as R. Crabbe. Benson is also the publicity manager.

Sariah Cheadle, a junior theater arts and English double major from Fulda, as Alfie.

Doria Drost, a junior marketing major and political science minor from Rushmore, as Dolly.

Antoinette Fox-Zachar, a freshman art major from Crystal, as Lloyd Boateng.

Danny McDonnell, a junior theater arts and elementary education double major from Jordan as Charlie Clench.

Avianna McFarquhar, a freshman theater arts and business double major and art minor from Woodbridge, Va., as Pauline Clench.

Chase Pehling, a freshman math and physics double major from Nicollet, as the Cab Driver and Barman.

Paul Ragan, a junior history and secondary education major and theater arts/acting and directing minor from Fosston, as Francis Henshall.

Jim Radloff, an SMSU alumnus (English major, theater arts minor) from Lynd, as Harry Dangle.

Raxson Rax, a sophomore theater arts major from Milan, as Stanley Stubbers.

Jesutofunmi Segun-Alao, a sophomore political science and professional writing and communication double major with a criminal justice minor from Nigeria as a Cop and Scout Leader.

Dan Smith, a community member from Marshall, as Gareth and the Band Leader.

Dean Zinda, a junior culinology and hospitality Management double major from Milwaukee, Wis., as a Cop and Old Man.

Elizabeth Zoya, a freshman Theatre Arts major from Maplewood, as a Waiter.

The dinner theater available on Feb. 17 is an add-on option for $22 (for a total price of $32 for dinner and the show), and must be booked by Feb. 12. The dinner features a British-themed menu created and prepared by the SMSU Student Hospitality Opportunities (SHO) Club: an appetizer of Scotch eggs (beef meatball around a hard-boiled egg), shepherd’s pie (meat pie topped with mashed potatoes) as the entrée, and scones with variety of jams for dessert. Vegetarian options included deviled eggs as an appetizer, and a shepherd’s pie made with lentils, corn, and carrots as the entrée. Gluten free versions of all items are available by request. The dinner theater seating will be 5:45-6:15 p.m. in Individualized Learning 116, the Culinology/Hospitality Restaurant.

For more information, please call the Theater Office at 507-537-7103.

Zarzana to give WWI presentation Feb. 14, 15

Jim Zarzana, English professor emeritus at Southwest Minnesota State University, will give a presentation, “The War Everyone Lost: The Great Influenza, 1918,” on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 15.

His presentation on Feb. 14 is at noon in Charter Hall 201. His Feb. 15 presentation is at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, located at 201 C Street.

Zarzana’s presentations are a part of a series of “Remembering the Great War: World War I Commemoration” events marking the end of World War I.

Both presentations are free and opened to the public. They are sponsored by the SMSU History Club and the Marshall-Lyon County Library.