Spoon River Anthology

Inver Hills Theatre presents November 18, 19, 20 @7:30 p.m. November 21 @1:30 p.m. Fine Arts Theatre

Inver Hills Theatre is presenting Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters Thursday, November 18, Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the campus of Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. A fourth performance will be held Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., also in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The Theatre department is proud to deliver a new telling of this piece of classic American literature adapted by Shawna C. Evans and directed by George M. Roesler. From the pen of one of America’s greatest folk poets and storytellers comes an exploration of the depth of common human experiences. Poetic selections from Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology celebrate the living as only the dead can tell it.

“In time you shall see Fate approach you in the shape of your own image in the mirror.”

“To this generation I would say:
Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.”

“To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire–
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.”

WHAT: Spoon River Anthology

Written by Edgar Lee Masters
Adapted by Shawna C. Evans
Directed by George M. Roesler

Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 19, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Fine Arts Theatre

Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

In honor of our students and Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, cost of admission is a food or monetary donation to the Inver Hills Combating Student Hunger Fund, which supports the college’s student lunchbox program and new Food and Resource Center.

Admission for Inver Hills students is free.

No reservation necessary
Ticket donations may be made at the door the evening of the performance.

Cast and Character Breakdown

Stephanie Hesser
Nellie Clark, Amanda Barker, Ida Chicken, Mabel Osborne, Actor 1, Scofield Huxley
Sydney Orellana
Townsperson 1, Hannah Armstrong, Zilpha Marsh, Dora Williams, Sonia, Petit, the Poet, Hortense Robbins, Eugene Carman, Ida Frickey
Dakota Zwinger
Townsperson 2, Butch Weldy, Minerva Jones, , The Village Atheist, Jack McGuire, Patrick, Actor 3, Dorcus Gustine, Dippold the Optician
Collin Peters
Townsperson 3, Richard Boone, Ben Pantier, A. D. Blood, Dr. Meyers, B. Holden, Searcy Foote, Potter’s Son, Dippold the Optician, Schofield Huxley
Phillip Zawieruszynski
Townsperson 4, Rev. Peet, Oscar Hummel, Thomas Rhodes, Archibald Higbie, Cooney Potter, Theodore the Poet
Sabrina Erickson
Townsperson 5, Faith Matheny, Daisey Fraser, George Gray, Wife, Flossie Cabants, Eugene Carman, Schofield Huxley
John Stenen
Townsperson 6 (Robert Souhey Burke), Trainor, Indignation Jones, Clarence Fawcett, Tom Beatty, Abel Melveny, Fiddler Jones, William, Dippold the Optician, Schofield Huxley
Molly Richter
Mrs. Pantier, Mrs. Meyers, Ralph Rhodes, Potter’s Daughter, Anne Rutledge, Actor 8, Eugene Carman, Emily, Dippold the Optician

Director: George M. Roesler
Scene Designer: Mary Jane Burkum
Costume Designer: Bobbi Iverson-Roesler
Stage Manager: Ryanna Sandstrom

About the Theatre department at Inver Hills

The Theatre department at Inver Hills offers a wide variety of courses, both practical and theoretical, that will give you the experience and knowledge you need to harness your talent. You can begin by taking introductory film, cinema and theatre courses that teach you how to view and analyze performances. You can follow through by taking practicum courses that provide hands-on learning in essential theatrical areas, including:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Oral interpretation of literature
  • Set construction
  • Scene painting
  • Lighting
  • Props
  • Makeup
  • Publicity
  • Costuming
  • Stage management
  • Creative drama for children

The Theatre department features two venues ideally suited for live theatrical performances, the 300-seat Inver Hills Theatre and the more intimate Black Box Theatre. The former features three plays a year, including a children’s play in April for students in area elementary schools.


Theatre Transfer Pathway A.F.A.

The Theatre Transfer Pathway Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) offers you a powerful option: the opportunity to complete your A.F.A. degree with course credits that allow you to transfer with junior-year status to designated theatre bachelor’s degree programs at one of the seven Minnesota State universities.¹

The Theatre Transfer Pathway A.F.A. consists of the Required Pathway Curriculum, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), and electives to bring your credit total to 60 credits.


Learn more about Spoon River Anthology and the Theatre Transfer Pathway A.F.A. at Inver Hills by contacting:

George M. Roesler
Theatre and Communication Studies Faculty

¹ Transfer Pathways
With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following majors at:

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