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Dordt Theater Department to perform All My Sons

October 7, 2003

The Dordt College Theater Department will perform the Arthur Miller drama, All My Sons, beginning Thursday, Oct. 16, with the final performance Saturday, Oct. 25. All performances will be at the Te Paske Theater, located at Sioux Center High School, 550 Ninth St. NE.

All My Sons is set in the post-WW II Midwest, a few years after the main character, Joe Keller, obtained lucrative contracts from the Army to build engines for U.S. fighter planes. Joe and his partner’s decision to deliver defective parts has had enormous repercussions, and the play explores the results of unprincipled greed, the limits of family loyalty, and the importance of taking responsibility.

“The play tells such a good story and has characters we can relate to,” said director Jerelyn Schelhaas. “There are parts of every person in the characters … as you watch you think ‘that’s how I would have reacted.’” Schelhaas said this is not a “feel good” play, but more thought-provoking, pushing us to see where we fit in the larger world. “Sometimes we can’t just think about our family, we have to think beyond that,” commented Schelhaas.

In addition to Dordt performers, the cast includes William Sikkema and Colin Vanderwoerd, fifth and sixth graders at Sioux Center Christian School.

Evening performances will be presented at the TePaske Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16; Saturday, Oct. 18; Wednesday, Oct. 22; Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. A 2 p.m. matinee will be presented Saturday, Oct. 18.

To make reservations, call the Dordt College box office at 722-6430. The box office will be open daily Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m., and evenings from 7-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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