TIPP CITY — This week, the Tippecanoe High School theater program debuts “Leaving Iowa,” a road trip comedy about childhood and family.
Performances will be held in the Tippecanoe Center for Performing Arts located at Tippecanoe High School, 615 Kessler-Cowlesville Road. Doors will open 30 minutes before curtain times.
The show opens Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., with performances on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at the same time. A free performance for senior citizens will be held at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 15. No tickets are needed for this performance.
Director Marjorie Strader said the show is one of her favorites, with its themes of nostalgia and familial relationships. The show features outrageous characters and plenty of jokes, but it also has a “nice mix of humor and poignancy,” she said.
“Leaving Iowa,” written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who decides to fulfill a promise he made to take his father’s ashes to his childhood home.
But when Don discovers his grandmother’s house is now a grocery store, he begins his search for a proper resting place for his father and takes a few trips down memory lane along the way. While on his journey, Don flashes back to memories of the family vacations of his childhood.
“It goes back and forth between the past and the present a lot,” Strader said.
The cast features returning actors Jackson Hottle as Don, Olivia Hamilton as his sister, Alec Group as his father, and Melanie Dodson as Mom. Ria Bhagwat, Savannah Foster, Taylor Haggerty, Annie Livesay, Katie Bellas, and Dalton Smith also returned to the stage in this production. Students Brock Kobernuss and Nicole Downing are making their debut on the Tippecanoe stage. “Leaving Iowa” is stage managed by Michele Morgan, Jenna Fujimura, and Kirsten Hartke.
The show was a challenge for the cast and crew, Strader said, with many of the cast playing their characters at different ages or playing multiple parts. The show also features many technical details for the stage and sound crew.
“It’s not an easy show,” she said. “It’s fun and the kids are doing a good job with it.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchased at the door or from cast and crew members.
Parental guidance is suggested for people under 10 due to mild language.
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