Dordt College News

Dordt Theater production features puppets

April 6, 2005

Puppet Show

A cast of more than 30 puppets will share the stage with Dordt College senior Ethan Koerner in the spring theatre production, DeathSong , at Dordt College’s New World Theatre on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, April 13, 14 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.

If the word “puppet” conjures up images of Sesame Street, Koerner will be the first to tell you there’s nothing cute and cuddly about his show, intended for an adult audience.

Written and produced by Koerner, DeathSong is an exploration of the experience of death and dying. His cast of puppets ranges in size and style from simple cardboard cutouts to four foot tall life-like puppets, including giant mutant puppets. A fellow student, Joe Hoksbergen, collaborated on the concept, with Hoksbergen designing and assisting in construction of the puppets.

Also assisting with the show are fellow Dordt students Elbert Bakker, Rob Haan, Josh DeGroot, Emily Wierenga, Sara Burgin, Nathan Pasma, Amy Blok, Laura Berkompas, Eric VandeZande, Erin Hauptli, and possibly others.

Koerner is a senior theatre arts major at Dordt College. His major includes emphases in acting/directing, design and scenic art. He is the son of Rev. Maynard and Marcia Koerner, Lincoln, Neb.

Advance tickets for the performances are available from Dordt’s Box Office at 722-6430, Monday through Friday, 1-9 p.m. The ticket price is $2 each.

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