The Magic Flute – Iowa State University Theatre Production

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; libretto by Emmanuel Schikaneder
Produced in cooperation with the Department of Music

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“Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear, but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.”

A handsome prince, the Queen of the Night and her beautiful daughter, a man in a bird costume who is looking for a wife, a magic flute which has the power to change sorrow into joy, and arias that are some of the most difficult to sing in all of opera combine to create an evening of beauty, comedy, love, and a happy-ever-after conclusion. The Magic Flute is currently the third most frequently performed opera in the world. Sung in English.

As a bonus, on Saturday, November 7, The Magic Flute ticket holders are invited to a reception and lecture, where Simon Estes will share his experiences singing the role of Sarastro on the world’s great opera stages. The reception will open at 6 p.m. in 175-179 Scheman Building with Estes to speak from 6:30-7 p.m. This event is open to all Magic Flute ticketholders and there is no charge for the lecture, although donations are welcome.

November 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.; November 8 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

Adults $21, seniors $19, students $14. Single tickets go on sale beginning September 14 through the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames or any TicketMaster. Tickets are also available at the door in Fisher Theater prior to performances.

The Cast

Tamino – Ian Butler
First Lady – So-Yeoun Lee
Second Lady – Katherine Sullivan
Third Lady – Mary Stone
Papageno – Phillip Sears
Queen of the Night – Taylor Troyer
Spirit 1 – Katie Riese
Spirit 2 – Madeline Olsem
Spirit 3 – Angelica Elkema
Pamina  – Sara Jane Mildenstein
Monastatos – Ryan Battani
Speaker – Nolan Brown
Sarastro – Braeden Irvine
Priest 1 – Joseph Alan Smith
Priest 2 – Christopher Culver
Priest 3 – Brandon Waring
Man 1 – Kevin Barron
Man 2 – Michael Madison
Papagena – Hannah Rublaitus
Dancers – Samantha Chi, Michaela Minock, Conor Phillips


Kevin Barron
Nolan Brown
Tony Dam
Christopher Culver
Olivia Griffith
Carly Ites
Corbin Jerde
Joseph Leinen
Michael Madison
Morgan Muell
Anna Seitz
Joseph Alan Smith
Mikayla Somers
Brandon Waring

ISU Chamber Orchestra

Nathanael Hardy*
Maia Hove
Ho-Wan Noh
Kamron Van Hulzen
Jacob Feddersen

Madison Helton
Rachel Henning

Benjamin Gruman
Shota Hattori

Tanner Thom

Emily Passini
Elaine Kramme

Arianna Bohning

Michael Van Ommeren
Lauren Adams

Katherine Eichhorn

Jonah Brame
Madeleine Dalbec

Lucas Yoakam
Jared Thompson

Shelbi Weeks
Alexander Giokas
Joseph Roorda

Ryan Pearson


Creative Team

Director – Leslie Bennett
Scenic Designer – Rob Sunderman
Assistant Scenic Designer – Angela Burg
Costume Designer – Kelly Marie Schaefer
Assistant Costume Designer – Noel VanDenBosch
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Orchestra Conductor – Jacob Harrison
Musical Director – Jodi Goble
Vocal Coach – Mary Creswell
Choreographer – Valerie Williams
Stage Manager – Lauren Dursky
Assistant Stage Manager – Sarah Bennett
Scenic Painters – Nikolai Argue, Kevin Barron, Sarah Bennett, Angela Burg, Amanda Keesling, Hannah Roberg, Kenneth Shibata
Wardrobe – Kylie Erickson, Brianna Holden
Stagehands – Sarah Benjamin, Angela Ignarski, Stephanie Johnson
Light Board – Kenneth Shibata
House Manager – Rebel Clodi
Photography – Nancy Thompson
Poster Design – Mary Bendgen
Associate Producer – Brad Dell
Technical Director – Derek Hisek
Scene Shop Assistants – Ian Adams, Kevin Daniel Barron, Brady Carnahan, Christopher Culver, Jack Fritzjunker, Christopher Kent, Hannah Rublaitus
Shop Foreman – Bryce Poellet
Props – Rebel Lauren Clodi, Lauren Dursky
Lights – Caleb Davidson, Seth Rickard, Kenneth Shibata
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Meghan Kent, Allison Kirstukas, Eleanor Lofte, Sara Turke, Noel VanDenBosch
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek
Office Assistants – Rebecca Ray, Alexis Reber


Poster by Mary Bendgen

Headshots, production photos, and publicity photos by Nancy Thompson

Listen to Carole Horowitz’s October 29 interview of Leslie Bennett and Jodie Goble about The Magic Flute by clicking on this link and selecting her broadcast of KHOI Previews the Arts.

Read about it in the Ames Tribune on October 23 and October 31, 2015,  Inside Iowa State, and the Iowa State Daily on October 31  and November 3, 2015.