By Lorrie Ham
The Mound Westonka Theatre Department presented three performances of “Egad, The Woman in White,” a melodrama by Tim Kelly, in March. Cast members had a fun time creating crazy, larger-than-life characters for their audiences.
“This was a perfect cast to wrap up our final show in the ‘Little’ Theater,” said assistant director Meagan Lenz. “We knew our audiences would be hesitant to boo the villains and cheer on the heroes in true melodrama style, but both of our Saturday and Sunday audiences were engaged and fully enjoying the tradition!”
Cast members included senior Piper Bruce as Marian; juniors Joey Colianni Jr. as Sir Percival Glyde, Nick Drilling as Mr. Peach, Emma Jordahl as Dora and Tia Meyer as Countess Fosco; and sophomores Conner Jones as Walter Hartright and Grace Prchal as Laura.
Also taking the stage were ninth-graders Josh Nkhata as Lawyer Gilmore, Jayna Sherman as Mrs. Catherick and John Wombacher as Frederick Fairlee; and eighth-grader Lindsey Gunderson as The Woman in White. Olio performers included junior Bozhena Burdo; ninth-graders Merrick Gormley, Kate Moch and Jake Robertson; and eighth-grader Isabelle Reese.
Lenz congratulated Bruce, the only senior in the production, on “an impressive and extensive MWHS Theatre career.” Over her time in the theatre department, Bruce joined the casts of 10 productions and earned three Outstanding Performance Awards from Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight on Musical Theatre Program. Her awards included Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for her performance as Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance” and Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role for her performances as Crystal in “Little Shop of Horrors” and Nickie in “Sweet Charity.”
“It has been a privilege to watch Piper grow up on the stage over the past five years,” added Lenz.
“Egad, the Woman in White” was directed by Steven Meerdink with Lenz as assistant director and Jamie Harms as the costumer.