February 4, 2016: Clarke
University brings its musical version of an award-winning children’s book series
to the stage with the production of “Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play!”
from Thursday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, Feb. 28.
Show times in Terence Donaghoe Hall on
the Clarke campus are 7 p.m. Feb. 25-27, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 28. Tickets are $10
for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for non- Clarke students.
Based on the highly acclaimed,
award-winning books by Mo Willems, this delightful vaudevillian children's
musical romp has “bestus” friends Piggie and Gerald dancing and singing their
way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense! Original music is
by Deborah Wicks La Puma.
Clarke students headlining the play
include Evan Heil, of Dubuque, as Elephant; Lily Rottinghaus, of Jesup, Iowa,
as Piggie; Anna Kluesner, of Epworth, Iowa, as Squirrelle No. 1; Fernanda
Carrasco, of Chicago, as Squirrelle No. 2; Amber Mitchell, of Chicago, as
Squirrelle No. 3; Riley Beckett, of Antioch, Ill., as Dog; and Jamese Kane, of
Chicago, as Penguin. Clarke adjunct instructor of music Jill Klinebriel is the
music director and pianist.
Along with the production at Terence
Donaghoe Hall, the Clarke cast will also present “Elephant and Piggie” as part
of its popular Theatre on Tour in March and April. Clarke received a grant from
the city of Dubuque for a spring tour that includes 15 stops.
The shows on the tour, which are free
to students and teachers, include:
· March 1 – St. Columbkille Elementary,
· March 8 – Kennedy Elementary, 9:15 a.m.
· March 10 – Audubon Elementary, 9:30
· March 12 – Dubuque Museum of Art, 1
· March 15 – St. Anthony Elementary, 10
· March 17 – Fulton Elementary, 9:45 a.m.
· March 29 – Lincoln Elementary, 9:30
· March 31 – Prescott Elementary, 9:15
· April 5 – East Dubuque (Ill.) Elementary,
· April 7 – Sageville Elementary, 9:15
· April 12 – Key West Early Childhood
Center, 9:30 a.m.
· April 19 – Carver Elementary, 9:15 a.m.
· April 21 – Irving Elementary, 10 a.m.
· April 26 – Bryant Elementary, 10:15
· April 28 – Marshall Elementary, 9:30
This lively and interactive musical introduces live theater
and music to young audiences, and, as it is based on the author's numerous
award-winning books for children, stresses the importance of getting children
“In addition to introducing themes of sharing, having
compassion, and perpetuating honesty, the project will also foster
improved learning and appreciation for the learning that occurs when students
respond to a live piece of art and will enrich the cultural skills needed for
their future in a diverse nation,” said Joe Klinebriel, Clarke associate
professor of Drama and Musical Theatre.
Prior to the elementary school visits, a PDF packet designed
to help teachers prepare students for the theater experience will be distributed
For more information, contact the Clarke University
Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.
Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences
university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their
workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40
undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree
program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters
of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi
River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in