‘Utopia’ to open tour in Webster City

Iowa musical revue to be presented March 23-25 at WCCT

— Submitted photo Megan Schettler Schug, Craig Petersen and Mary Bricker perform a scene from “Utopia — The Iowa Musical Revue.” The production will be presented in Webster City March 23-25.

Webster City will be the first stop on the tour of “Utopia — The Iowa Musical Revue,” as Epic Stage Productions kicks off a 2018 tour of several Iowa communities.

In partnership with Webster City Community Theatre, and in conjunction with the Iowa Community Theatre Association’s state convention, three performances will be presented in Webster City this month. The performances will be held Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and are currently available at the WCCT website, wcctonline.org, or at the door prior to performances. Officials said the production contains subject matter that may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 13.

“Utopia — The Iowa Musical Revue” celebrates — and pokes a little fun at — the unique people, places and traditions of the great state of Iowa. The 2018 touring production will feature the “greatest hits” from all five of the previous versions of the show since its inception in 2009. They will include sketches and parody songs about everything from RAGBRAI and the Cy-Hawk football game to detasseling and the Iowa weather. Organizers said more than 4,000 people have viewed the production to date.

The musical was created by Iowa playwright and Fort Dodge-native Robert John Ford. Other musicals to his credit include “Caucus! The Musical” and “Six-on-Six: The Musical.” The touring production will feature four of the five original cast members — Mary Bricker, Craig Petersen, Megan Schettler Schug and Katelyn McBurney — along with newcomer Shane Donegan.

“Utopia is the perfect entertainment option for Iowas who like to laugh at themselves and visitors who want a hilarious taste of the Hawkeye State,” said Ford. “The show will bring a smile to your face and a warm feeling to your heartland.”

The 2018 touring production is supported in part by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

ICTA convention

In even-numbered years, members of the Iowa Community Theatre Association gather for their state convention. WCCT will be hosting members from across Iowa on March 23-25. Features of the weekend are workshops presented by professional theatre people from Florida, Nebraska, and Iowa. Topics covered are directing, costuming, fighting, radio theatre, and theatre games. Also scheduled are the annual meeting and election of board members, presentation of Awards of Excellence, and three performances of “Utopia: The Iowa Musical Revue.”

The fifteen board members will also participate in a workshop with Kathy Pingel of Florida, a trainer with the American Association of Community Theatres.