The Milbank High School theater department will present the critically-acclaimed play, Leaving Iowa, tonight, Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. both evenings.
“This is a hilarious play,” stated MHS director Holly Hilbrands. “This play is typically seen in colleges and community playhouses and rarely in high schools. It has taken a long time to get the rights to put on this show. Come out and enjoy.”
Staring in the show are lead performers Chris Loutsch, Brianna Schreurs, Janette Hall, Shawn Stemsrud, Nathan Loutsch, Shauna Pauli and Ellie Webb. Filling additional roles are Tanner Kettwig, Tim Gabriel, Ben Harstad, Albert Pavlinac, Andrew Falk, Kala Loehrer, Brooke Fraasch, Taylor Balling, Whitney Falk, Savannah Mork, Devon Balling and Korinne Roggenbuck.
Assisting Hilbrands are Sarah Jarman, Morgan Schmitt, Ben Wagner and Hannah Rick. Eliza DiNatale is properties chair; Sarah Capp, costumes; Adam Thomas and Colton Frevert, lights, and Alex Popowski and Keaton Hagen, sound.
Leaving Iowa, by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a hilarious, family-friendly comedy that is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation”, and a little roast of their dedication to the family road trip. The story centers on Don Browning, played by Chris Loutsch, a middle-aged writer who returns home and decided to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he 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, torturous vacations of Don’s youth. Ultimately Don’s journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at an unpredictable and perfect final destination. It’s guaranteed to have you laughing and remembering the childhood vacations you tried to forget.