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Martin Luther College presents: Singin’ In The Rain

October 28, 2012
By Jeremy Behnke - Sports Editor , The Journal

NEW ULM - Martin Luther College student Matt Rieck may be new to producing plays, but he definitely can be credited for a first at MLC's upcoming play Singin' In The Rain, which will be held the first weekend in November.

After being named producer of the play, Rieck was watching an episode of Glee when he got an idea of simulating rain on the set while the play is performed, something that has never been done at MLC. After pitching the idea to the college, he got the Ok and got the rest of the crew to help make it a reality.

"It's a big, classical show to bring to the stage, and it's also giving us the opportunity to have real rain on the stage, which is something that MLC has never done before," Rieck said. "It's something that our professors were a little leery of, but its coming along nicely, we just hung it up and it looks amazing and it's going to be something that New Ulm's never really seen before. It'll be a great treat."

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Cast members Jared Natsis as Cosmo (left) Rachel Trimmer as Kathy and Lucas Proeber as Don.

Having rain on the set didn't go over smooth. But after talking it over, they all finally agreed it could be done.

"When we first told our professors, they were all very worried about it," Rieck said. "They said, 'you can't do this,' so there was a lot of tension, so it took us a long time to finally get their approval. We had to show them drawing after drawing after drawing, as to how it was going to be done. We finally came up with a scheme that works for them.

"Then, when we told our cast, they were surprised and were like 'really, they let you do this?' There was a little excitement to it, but I've told a lot of people around the community about it and that makes them want to come," Reick said.

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MLC's production of Singin' In The Rain will begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2. Additional productions will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 2 p.m., Nov. 4.

Admission is $6, $8 or $10, based on seat location. The box office can be reached at (507) 233-9114.

Production Staff:

Josh Jensen - Director

Matthew Rieck - Producer

Katelynn Steinke - Choreographer

Emily Lai - Music Director

Singin' in the Rain Cast:

Don Lucas Proeber

Cosmo Jared Natsis

Kathy Rachel Trimmer

Lina Johannah Crass

Simpson Tyler Swiderski

Dexter Seth Krueger

Rod Noah Willitz

Zelda Hayley Berka

Dora Catherine Backer

Male Diction Coach Paul Koester

Production Tenor Jarrod Pfarr

Dance Chorus: Leah Boeder, Elizabeth Jeske, Megan Rabbers, Haley Rieck, Abbie Schultz, Hope Werre, and Melissa Wolff

As for what they will do with the water?

The students are constructing a platform that will collect the water into a pool hidden beneath it. The platform will have a slight slope to it so it is drained properly and doesn't overflow. Once the rain scenes have ended the stage crew will empty the pool and remove the platform from the stage.

It will be the first play that Reick will take part in as the producer. Rieck has been a part of a few plays at MLC and in high school at Onalaska, Wisc. as an actor, so he appreciates both roles.

"I've always loved the theatre," Rieck said. "It started in high school for me. I started in the drama club in high school and I just fell in love with it. I've been doing plays ever since. When I came to MLC, I got to be a part of the children's theater production my freshman year. With school work and everything, it just had to take the backburner, but then last year they were looking for people to produce and direct the musical, so I decided to make time for it because it's something I'm passionate about.

"I applied [for the producer], kind of thinking that I wouldn't get it, and I got the job, so now it's just a huge learning experience," Rieck said. "I'm learning all of the techniques that you never really ever think of, it's a great way of seeing theater from a different point of view."

MLC chose Singin in the Rain, a screenplay by Betty and Adolph Green, because it is well-known, according to Rieck, and its also the 60th anniversary of the play.

Singin' in the Rain takes place in 1927, a time Hollywood will never forget. During that time, motion pictures were making the switch from silent films to "talkies" and this show puts the viewer right in the middle of the action. You get to see how the changes in the film industry change everything around them.

Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are household names at the time, but when the film industry changes to Talkies, Lina finds herself in danger of being replaced. Meanwhile, a new Actress, Kathy Seldon, is trying to find her way in Hollywood and just so happens to meet Lockwood. Things become entertaining as these two get to know each other.

Besides these three actors, the cast is full of interesting characters that will be sure to make you laugh.

Singin' in the Rain is an American Classic that is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and it is filled with great music that is sure to bring back memories. The song list includes: "Make 'em Laugh," "Good Morning," "Broadway Melody," and the classic "Singin' in the Rain."

MLC's production will begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2. Additional productions will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 2 p.m., Nov. 4.

Admission is $6, $8 or $10, based on seat location. The box office can be reached at (507) 233-9114.



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