Author: Elizabeth Chavers

Elizabeth ChaversMarch 10, 2022

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Opening March 7-9, Mamma Mia marks the twenty-third musical directed by Theresa Jackson to grace the Decker Auditorium stage. Mamma Mia! is “an iconic saga written by Catherine Johnson with music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.”

The modern musical brings the warmth and sunshine of a romantic island in the middle of Greece to the snowy Iowa landscape. The story is of a bride-to-be, Sophie Sheridan, who invites the three men her Mother once loved to her wedding in hopes of finding her Father. The events she sets into motion fill the stage with laughter, confusion, friendship and love. Accompanied by “catchy” tunes, lively dances and a colorful stage you’re sure to fall in love with Mamma Mia! once again.

Teresa Jackson found the musical to be “a perfect fit” for the Iowa Central stage and a personal favorite. Specifically, she relates to Donna’s song as the mother of the bride, “Slipping Through My Fingers”. After singing the first few lines she explained how this song reminds her of how quickly her own daughter has grown up.

In the role of the Mother, Anna Ingalls finds that becoming the outspoken character has been challenging and rewarding. “Donna is way more expressive than I am. She is the exact opposite of me.” This hasn’t stopped Anna from enjoying the role and becoming Donna Sheridan.

Natthanial Devick (Harry), Nathan Bentz (Bill), and Dart Dohrn (Sam) play the roles of Sophie’s prospective “Dads”. When asked who he thinks the Dad should be, Natthanial (Harry), says “It should be me! I always wanted a daughter.”

In the meantime, Bentz (Bill) says it’s just fun to dance like a Dad in the show. Dart feels he has incorporated parts of himself into Sam, or is it the other way around? Only the show will tell who the identity of Sophie’s Dad will be.

During an interview with Brooklin Border about her role as Sophie, she said “This was all I ever wanted in my life. My dream role was to play Sophie in Mamma Mia, and I’m doing it.”

Many of the other cast members feel the same way. Jamison Gibson says “I can’t pick one thing I like about Mamma Mia! I like everything.”

The cast, comprised entirely of Iowa Central Community College students, promises to produce a fantastic show. The cast is supported by a talented pit band led by Paul Bloomquist and a dedicated backstage crew. The technical team includes John Kastendieck as set designer, Scott Deuel as technical coordinator, Ashley Gaarst as lighting designer, and Andy Anderson as sound designer. Costumes were made possible through a combined effort of Nancy Wood, Party Productions, and Rae Lynn Larson.

With a first hand look at the show, I can tell you, this is one musical you don’t want to miss! Mamma Mia…here we go again!

With only a limited number of seats left for the shows, it is important to reserve tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are available for each nightly 7pm showing through the Iowa Central Bookstore, online at https://bit.ly/2BZmv1T, or by calling (515) 574-1081.


Elizabeth ChaversSeptember 28, 2019
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The Iowa Central Community College music department has pursued several new venues for performances since Will Lopes began directing the Triton Singers in 2018. This year is no different. After exploring the acoustics of the Crossroads Mall halls, Lopes chose this location for the Triton Singers fall concert, Sacred Sounds.

A combined performance with the Fort Dodge Community Chorus, Iowa Central Alumni, and local instrumental group, Jive for Five, the Triton Singers will be sharing a selection of spirituals, sacred art songs, and upbeat tunes. The Triton Singers is comprised of three vocal performance groups: Triton Choir, Vocal Jazz and the Encore Singers.

By inviting community members to participate in this Sacred Sounds concert, Triton Singers will grow their audience for concert performances and build relationships with other Fort Dodge vocal enthusiasts. Lopes has made community participation a common element in all of his Iowa Central concerts, including his recent day long event, Real Men Sing.

The Fort Dodge community is invited to attend to support the talented students and local performers in this one night event on Monday, September 30 at 7 p.m. Sacred Sounds is free to attend.


Elizabeth ChaversAugust 31, 2019

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Students gathered in the Student Resource Center Thursday for a riveting game of trivia. Teams consisted of five students each, with names like “Hocus Pocus” competing for prizes of t-shirts, gift cards to the College Bookstore, and more.

One of the hosts went by the name Kim Possible. Students had the chance to compete with her trivia knowledge but she consistently bested them.

Trivia categories included questions like naming clips of Dwayne Johnson movies to cartoon characters. A clip of Dwayne Johnson singing “You’re Welcome” from “Moana” was a crowd favorite.

A nerd session was also included to find out who would win individual prizes for the evening. Prizes were awarded to individuals and groups at the end of the evening. Tortilla chips and nacho cheese were provided for students to enjoy during the trivia night.

The next event in the Student Resource Center is Bingo on August 29 at 7:30 p.m.



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