Candide – Iowa State University Theatre Production

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler after Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and Leonard Bernstein

Candide and Cunegonde

“Let us try, before we die, to make some sense of life.”

Candide is an innocent young man who lives in a beautiful castle and believes he is living in the best world possible and that whatever happens is for the best.  When he is banished and forced to travel through the world, he discovers that he may have been mistaken.  Based on the novel by Voltaire and with music by Leonard Bernstein, Candide is loaded with political and social satire and with music that that is effervescent and joyous.

November 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m.; November 4 at 2 p.m.

Fisher Theater – Ames

Adults $19, seniors $17, students $12. Single tickets go on sale September 4 and are available through the Stephens Box Office in Ames or any TicketMaster.


Voltaire/Pangloss – Joseph Leon
Candide – Aaron Hofmeyer
Maximilian – Anson Woodin
Cacambo – Alex Longnecker
Don Isaachar/Martin/Stanislaus – Nick Prenger
Cardinal/Governor – Jonathan Brugioni
Second Officer/Vanderdendur – Zach Howell
James/Charles Edward – Evan Stenzel
Sultan Achmet – Jacob Trunnell
Baron/Grandinquisitor/Tsar Ivan – Daniel Ellis
Hermann Augustus – Joseph Leinen
First Officer/Sailor – Benjamin Hawkeye Sissel
Waiter/Father Benard – Mitchell Nieland
Cunegonde – Eliza Smith
The Old Woman – Anne Todey
Paquette – Sydney McCoy
The Baroness – Bri Baltes
First Waitress – Grace Warren
Second Waitress/Sheep – Faye Thomas
Informer #1 – Madison Jerde
Informer #2 – Courtney Kayser
Lisbon Woman – Megan Maller
Sailor – Hannah Rublaitus
Madame Rogotski – Tyler Frees
Governor’s Aide – Elise Huber
Sheep – Kersten Tipping


Flute – Irissa Hubka, Tony Labat
Oboe – Audrey Dalbec
Clarinet – Luke Pena, Michael Van Ommeren
Bassoon – Jennifer Keys
Horn – Danielle Kimler, Madeleine Dalbec
Trumpet – A.J. Hancock, Hunter Weatherman
Trombone – Brandon Kowalsky, Reid Clagett
Tuba – David Carlson
Timpani – Brandon Weeks
Percussion – Andrew Burton, Zachariah Hastings, Bethany Goodman
Harp – Victoria Farwell
Violin – Nathanael Hardy**, Hannah Pinnt, Kaitlyn Chase, Mason Musfeldt, Sara Jane Mildenstein, Natalie Gillenwater, Janet Horsager, Erik Olsen, Molly Carpenter
Viola – Christina Sloan, Johanna Sholar
Cello – Yeil Park, Victor Mooney
Bass – Zachary Eskrich, Tanner Thom

**Denotes Concertmaster

Creative Team

Director – Brad Dell
Music Director – Mary Creswell
Coach/Accompanist – Jodi Goble
Orchestra Conductor – Jacob Harrison
Choreographer – Valerie Williams
Scenic Designer – Rob Sunderman
Costume Designer – Kelly Marie Schaefer
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Stage Manager – Kiah Kayser
Assistant Stage Manager – Austin Schinke
Assistant Director – Christina Holaday
Assistant Accompanist – Aaron Lott
Light Board – Rachel Hupp
Sound Board – James Allender
Stagehands – Brandon Brockshus, Ben Gustin, Doug VanOostenrijk
Wardrobe – Kate Bruce, Caleb Hansen, Shannon Lange, Shongedzai Matangira, Haley Newberry, Erica Northwick, Mason Tyer
Props Master – Liz Rankin
Poster Design – Mary Bendgen
Photography – Nancy Thompson
Technical Director – Derek Hisek
Scene Shop Assistants – Taylor Clemens, Zachary Eskrich, Kathleen Hoil, André Johnson, Jr., Kiah Kayser, Austin Kopsa, Brent LeBlanc, Kiersten Naberhaus, Bryce Poellet, Liz Rankin, Davalyn Stepzinski, Douglas VanOostenrijk, Justin Voga, Charles Ziemann
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Lauren Dursky, Katelyn Hall, Linsey Heister, Madeleine Kobus, Morgann McCoy, Emily Morley, Katie Riese
Program Design – Liese VanderBroek
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek
House Managers – Alyson Boes, Zachary Eskrich, Kiah Kayser, Austin Kopsa, Brittny Rebhuhn
Box Office – Zachary Eskrich, Kiah Kayser, and Carolyn Susa
Publicity Assistant – Belinda Hornby


Graphics by Mary Bendgen and Nancy Thompson

Production photos, publicity photos, and headshots by Nancy Thompson

Poster by Mary Bendgen

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