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April 27, 2015

Audience flocks to see unique performance of Leaving Iowa


"Leaving Iowa"With three evening performances and a matinee, the Cowley College Theatre Department’s recent production of Leaving Iowa was a smashing success.


The show was performed on the Robert Brown Theatre stage consisting of a half diamond audience configuration, which created an intimate setting of around 100 seats. The opening night performance sold out and the other shows were near capacity.


“It was amazing to see so many people come out to support the show,” Cowley College Theatre Director John Sefel said. “Had we not added the matinee, we would have had to turn people away. Even more importantly than the numbers, though, I am so happy with the response we’ve gotten.”


Leaving Iowa was stylistically a bit different from most of the things the Theatre Department does.


The story centered on a 24-hour period in the life of Don Browning, played by sophomore Andrew Horning, a reasonably accomplished 20-something newspaper writer from Boston, and a two-week road trip his family took when he was nine.


When Browning, now grown up, returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested, he discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store and begins traveling across Iowa in search of a proper resting place. As he drives those familiar roads, the story shifts back and forth from the present to memories of the annual vacations of Don’s youth.


Josh Fleig, Cowley College instrumental music instructor, played the role of “Dad”, while Cowley alumnus Mary Prochaska was featured in the role of “Mom”.


Cowley sophomore Holly Landis played “Sis”, while Kayla McLaughlin, Gabriel Isaman, Paige Lundin, and Abby Killman made up the ensemble cast.


“It was heartwarming and encouraging to have so many people comment about how much they enjoyed the uniqueness of the event,” Sefel said. “I can’t wait for next year, and our opportunity to share a whole new season with this wonderful community.”


Technical Director of Theatre Jamison Rhoads and assistant technical director Stuart Parman created the seating on the stage and handled the set and lighting for the production.


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