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WELCOME TO

COCKTAILS & CABARET

2021

THE IOWA STAGE THEATRE COMPANY

FUNDRAISER GALA

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Program

Live Band

Welcome and Introduction by

Matthew McIver

 ACT I 

"What I Do For Love"

original song written and performed by

MADISON RAY

"Bill" 

from Show Boat; music by Jerome Kern, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

TAYLOR MILLAR

"The Surrey With the Fringe on Top"

from Oklahoma! by Rogers and Hammerstein

ERIN HORST AND ERIC OLSON

Scene from The Cake

by Bekah Brunstetter

BECKY SCHOLTEC

"Adelaide's Lament"

from Guys and Dolls; music and lyrics
by Frank Loesser

HEIDI MASON

"A Little Bit In Love"

from Wonderful Town; music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

TAYLOR MILLAR

Scene from It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

by Joe Landry

TIFFANY FLORY and JAMES SERPENTO

"Bring Him Home"

from Les Misérables; music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil and

Jean-Marc Natel

KENTON JORDAN

 INTERMISSION: 15 MINUTES 

**Silent auction closes at end of intermission**

 ACT II 

"Make Believe"

from Show Boat; music by Jerome Kern, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

KENTON JORDAN and TAYLOR MILLAR

 

"Ring Them Bells"

from the concert film Liza With a Z, 
by Liza Minnelli

ERIN HORST

"Where is the Life that Late I Led​"

from Kiss Me, Kate; music and lyrics
by Cole Porter

ERIC OLSON

Shakespeare Soliloquy

BENJAMIN SHERIDAN

"When Did I Fall In Love"

from Fiorello!; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock

ERIN HORST

"Che Gelida Manina"

aria from La bohème by Giacomo Puccini

KENTON JORDAN

 PROGRAM CONCLUDES 

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Auction Items

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Copper Mountain, Colorado 

Condo

June 10 - 17, 2022

One week stay at private two bedroom condo. Excellent views and trout fishing.

Valued at

$2,000

Opening bid

$1,000

Certificate

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Valued at

$2,000

Opening bid

$1,000

Minnesota North Shore Cabin

Four night stay on the shores of Lake Superior in a charming one bedroom cabin. Close to local bike trails and natural attractions.

Dates flexible.

Valued at

$2,000

Opening bid

$1,000

Biographies

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TIFFANY FLORY

TIFFANY FLORY received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Idaho, and her BA in Theatre from Simpson College. Some of her favorite credits include Alais in Lion in Winter, Nora in A Doll's House (Iowa Stage Theatre), Sherry in Independence (Tallgrass Theatre), Catherine Simms in The Foreigner (Tallgrass), The Governess in Turn of the Screw (RTI), Lady M in Macbeth (Goldfinch), Eleanor in The Middle Ages (Theatre L’Homme Dieu), Anita in West Side Story (Des Moines Playhouse), the world premiere of Three Strikes to First as Jordan (U of Idaho), and Opal in The Friendly Hour (Theatre Midwest).

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ERIN HORST

ERIN HORST is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Drake University and the Head of the Musical Theatre BFA program. She holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Vocal Performance and Media Studies from Loras College. Before coming to Drake, she worked as an actor, director and choreographer for various professional companies around the midwest. Some of her onstage achievements have been recognized with two Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Acting nominations for her roles as the title character in Mary Poppins and Mother in A Christmas Story: The Musical. She has performed at venues around the country including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She teaches acting, voice and movement techniques primarily based in Kristin Linklater, Richard Schechner’s Rasaboxes, and Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints, as well as musical theatre singing, dance and choreography. She remains very active in the Des Moines community, performing, directing and choreographing for local theatre companies. She won a Cloris Award in 2019 for her portrayal of Helen Bechdel in Iowa Stage Theatre’s production of Fun Home.

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KENTON JORDAN

KENTON JORDAN graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s in Performing Arts Vocal Performance. Kenton traveled to Europe and South America to sing both operatically and with the Drake Choir and Chamber Choir. Professionally, Kenton has been the Music Director at West Des Moines United Methodist Church since 2019 and has sung with the Sarasota Opera company, performing in the chorus of Aida, La Battaglia di Legnano and Fidelio.

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HEIDI MASON

HEIDI MASON is a native of northwest Iowa and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Iowa State University. Heidi was seen on stage as Senator Amy Klobuchar in Adore Us! Line, Amy in Company and the nurse in Romeo & Juliet with Iowa Stage Theatre. Heidi has worked in theater education and administration with Missoula Children’s Theatre, American Theater Company, Old Town School of Folk Music and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Heidi has also taught locally with Story Theater Company out of Ames, IA and serves as Business Manager at Iowa Stage Theatre.

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TAYLOR MILLAR

TAYLOR MILLAR is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BA in Performing Arts with emphasis in Acting/Directing and Technical Design. She was seen as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet with ISTC. Other roles include Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Judy Turner in A Chorus Line, Zaneeta Shin in The Music Man all with the Des Moines Playhouse, and Karen Wright in The Children’s Hour & La Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons both with Iowa State University. Outside of acting, she directs, choreographs, and teaches around the Des Moines area. Taylor is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and was a 2017 SDC Directing Award finalist.

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ERIC OLSON

ERIC OLSON was recently seen in Adore Us! Line and Company with Iowa Stage Theatre, and Private Passage with Kingman Row and ISTC Launch. He was also seen in Rumors and Oleanna with Tallgrass Theatre Company, the latter of which earned him a Cloris Award nomination. He was also seen in Around The World in 80 Days with the Des Moines Playhouse. Other credits include Monty Python's Spamalot with the Coronado Playhouse and A Midsummer Night's Dream with Desert Ensemble Theatre Company. 

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MADISON RAY

MADISON RAY was trained by Johnny Contardo of Shanana and gone on to perform with the likes of Aaron Carter, Mya, Belinda Carlisle, American Idol’s David Hernandez, Debbie Gibson, and many more.

Madison has performed with Des Moines Metro Opera, starred as Tom Collins in Rent, played iconic Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show with Kata Klysmic Productions, played Michael in Tick, Tick, Boom! which earned him a 2017 Cloris Award nomination, and recently had the honor of portraying US Senator Cory Booker in the world premiere of Adore Us! Line by Robert John Ford with Iowa Stage Theatre Company.

As a producer, Madison Ray created a trio of live music fashion shows at the former Des Moines Social Club, The Garden Nightclub, and the Stoner Theater. This work led to co-writing and directing The Reynolds Pamphlet and The Sound of Progress for Progress Iowa, alongside Rae Fehring, ISTC Resident Artist and founder of Girls Rock! DSM.

Since 2020, Madison Ray shifted to broadcast productions, including The Holiday Special for Iowa Public Radio and Juneteenth: The Movement tv special alongside Iowa PBS, Iowa Public Radio, and xBk Live. Madison Ray works diligently for creativity, education, and community.

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JAMES SERPENTO

JAMES SERPENTO is a Resident Artist with ISTC and one of the founding members of Kingman Row Entertainment. James has worked as an actor, director, writer and educator across the U.S. for more than three decades, with several hundreds of productions for stage and screen to his credit, many of them award-winning. As an actor, James has worked extensively in theatre, film, commercials, with his favorite roles including de Stogumber in St. Joan at Chicago’s Bailiwick Repertory, Teach in American Buffalo, Eddie in Fool for Love and several roles at Chicago Dramatists. He has written many plays and screenplays, most recently co-authoring Every Cottage Home, and the book and lyrics for a new musical version of The Bacchae, as well as several adaptations for a collection of Chekhovian short plays found on Iowa Stage Theatre's Patreon. James is the proud daddy of gamer-extraordinaire Samuel. 

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BECKY SCHOLTEC

BECKY SCHOLTEC has appeared as Mrs. Crachit in A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas (Iowa Stage Theatre), Meg in Girls’ Weekend (Des Moines Playhouse), Kess in Independence, Beverly in The Shadow Box, Paulina in Death and the Maiden, Jean in Sleeping Dogs, and M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, and Chris in Rumors (Tallgrass Theatre). Becky’s favorite roles include Margie in Good People and Diane in The Little Dog Laughed (StageWest), and Becky in Becky’s New Car (Des Moines Playhouse, winner of the 2013 Dionysus Award). When not on stage or back stage, Becky works as a Business Initiatives Consultant for Wells Fargo Card Services. Family includes beloved son-in-law Matthew, kids Emily and Aaron, and grandson Nico.

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BENJAMIN SHERIDAN

BENJAMIN SHERIDAN received a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa and trained further at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Benjamin has been seen as Torvald in A Doll's House, Malcolm in Macbeth, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Biff in Death Of A Salesman, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Stanley in Broadway Bound, and Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.  In 2017, Benjamin received a Dionysos Award from the Des Moines Playhouse for his performance of Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby

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