STUDIO SERIES: Wolves
This powerfully relevant story features an all-female high-school cast, set within their high school soccer team. We believe the story will bring a unique perspective to DSM audiences about the lives of American teenagers and the challenges they face, both on and off the field.
*Recommended for audiences 13 and older.
FRIDAY, March 2nd 7:30pm
SATURDAY, March 3rd 7:30pm
SUNDAY, March 4th 2:30pm
TICKETS @ the door!
$7 Adults 7:30pm
$5 Students 7:30pm
in collaboration with
ROOSEVELT REP THEATRE
Roosevelt High School Theatre
4419 Center St, DSM
Listed in order of their CHARACTER'S JERSEY #
Miranda Tanner (#00), daughter of Michael and Kathy Tanner, is a senior. She has crewed and/or performed in the Roosevelt productions of Shrek: The Musical, Hounds of the Baskerville, Proof, It's a Wonderful Life, 42nd Street, Blithe Spirit, and Nickel and Dimed. She serves as the president of Thespians and actively participates in extra theatre activities. Miranda is thankful for all the new friends and memories that she has gained from this production. Go Wolves!
Regen Kuker (#2) is the daughter of Susan Cory and Jeff Kuker. She has been involved with the Roosevelt Theatre Department for four years. Regen has participated in IHSSA, stage management, props work, and acting throughout her time in the department. She is also the Roosevelt Thespian Troupe Historian. Outside of Roosevelt Theatre, she has done acting work with Adolescent Anarchy. She would to thank her parents, friends, dogs, and chickens for their love and support.
Mia Jansen (#7) is a sophomore who participates in many extracurricular actives here at Roosevelt. She has participated in IHSSA, Rider Crew, and cheerleading. In addition, she writes for the Roosevelt Roundup. In her free-time she enjoys photography, art, and spending time with friends and family. As for her future, she has yet to decide what she wants to do with her life, but she knows she will be something great. She wishes to thank her mom Erin, Dad Jake, and both of her brothers for their support.
Kiera Bender (#8) is in her senior year at Roosevelt. This is her third year in the Roosevelt Theatre Department. She previously appeared in Hairspray in 2014, Shrek the Musical in 2015, and more recently, a staged reading of Nickel and Dimed in 2017. When she’s not at rehearsal, she spends her days with her pit bull, Luna, her two cats, Bella and Daisy, and her amazing mother. She would like to thank her mother, Lisa, and her grandmother, Monica, for their support. Kiera will next appear as Judas in Roosevelt Rep’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar April 20-22, 2018.
Lexi Hankenson (#11) is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School. She has participated in theatre her whole high school career and has taken part in It’s A Wonderful Life and the Iowa High School Speech Association teams. She has also worked backstage helping with lights and costumes for the last two productions. Lexi is excited to see what else she can do to both participate in and grow the TRHS Theatre Department. Outside of theatre, Lexi does cross country and advanced academics classes. She plans to go to a four-year college out of high school.
Jane Romp (#13) is the daughter of Jackie and Bill Romp and a junior at Roosevelt. She participated as costume crew head for 42nd Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, as well as the upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar. She was a member of the chorus in 42nd Street, portrayed “Barbara” in Nickel & Dimed, and was the stage manager for the fall play, Blithe Spirit. In 2017, Jane was thrilled to be honored with an IHSSA All-State nomination along with her cast-mates for their one-act play, An Echo of Wings. She has been a member of the Thespians board from 2016 - present, serving as sophomore representative last year and communications director this year. Outside of theatre, Jane participates in band, gospel choir, National Honor Society, Silver Cord, and Model United Nations.
Emily Boehm (#14), daughter of Kelly and Andy Klindt, is a Roosevelt senior and plans to attend a four-year college studying Actuarial Science and Accounting. In her time at Roosevelt, she has performed in Shrek the Musical, It's a Wonderful Life, and Blithe Spirit. She has also participated in IHSSA individuals and large group. Miss Boehm enjoys classical music and reading, and she would like to thank all her friends and the adults in the theatre department.
Hanna Kaufman (#25) is a senior at Roosevelt High school. Next year she plans to attend the University of Iowa in the honors program while studying human health and physiology. Hanna is very involved at Roosevelt: show choir, chamber choir, Bridges 2 Harmony, and De Capo choir. She is also on the swim team and a part of Color Guard. Hanna has been a lights crew head for two years and has also been a part of the cast for 42nd Street and for the upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar. This is Hanna’s first main role with the Roosevelt Theatre Department, and she is so grateful for the opportunity. She has learned a lot from this show and is excited to perform.
Sarah Flippen (#46) is the daughter of Katie and Fred Flippen. Sarah has been an active member of Thespians throughout her high school experience. Outside of theatre, Sarah participates in band playing trombone in Marching Band and bassoon in Concert Band. Sarah has appeared in Shrek: The Musical, The Acts of Shakespeare, The Hounds of the Baskervilles, and other Roosevelt performances. Sarah wishes to thank her family and friends for their support.
Peter Dean is active in local community theatre, having performed in many shows at the Des Moines Playhouse, the former Stage West Theatre Company and the Urbandale Community Theatre. Mr. Dean was also a coach for IHSSA at Roosevelt this year, where he coached The Wolves for competition. Some of his favorite roles to date are Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Sharktooth in How I Became a Pirate, for which he won a Des Moines Playhouse Dionysus award, Sheriff Tom in Girls Weekend, all at the Des Moines Community Playhouse and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at the Urbandale Community Theatre (directed by Micheal Davenport). Mr. Dean is the father of 3 girls, Riley (a Roosevelt senior), Caitlyn and Kenzie (both future Riders!).
Micheal Davenport is a co-founder of Open Door Rep theatre in Des Moines. He has directed and acted in numerous Playhouse shows including, Misery (Paul Sheldon), Twelve Angry Men (Juror 10), Into The Woods (Steward),Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks), South Pacific (Captain Brackett), Red (Mark Rothko), Boeing Boeing (Bernard), The 39 Steps(Clown), and The Farnsworth Invention (David Sarnoff), to name a few, as well as having directed Michael has additional credits with Tallgrass Theatre (True West, The Elephant Man), Stage West, and Chicago’s I.O. and Second City. He is also a 2015 Cloris Award nominee for acting (The Elephant Man). He has directed The Addams Family musical for Knoxville Area Community Theatre, as well as Urbandale Community Theatre’s 2016 and 2017 Cloris Award nominated productions of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast and Guys and Dolls. Before joining the faculty at TRHS, he was the musical theatre director for the Southeast Polk High School and Junior High Vocal Music departments. When not teaching, coaching, or directing at Roosevelt, he enjoys seeing his students compete and perform in their numerous after-school activities, alongside his supportive wife, Renee. In addition to thanking his wife, Mr. Davenport wishes to thank Elizabeth Sheridan, Jackie Romp, Susan Cory, Julie Klein, Karen Caligiuri, and Elizabeth Mansfield for their leadership and support of the Roosevelt Rep TRHS Theatre Boosters.
Riley Dean is a senior at Roosevelt and has been involved in numerous productions through the Des Moines Playhouse and Urbandale Community Theater. Her favorite shows she’s worked on are Young Frankenstein, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Riley’s favorite class is Career Opportunities in Health, in which she shadows medical professionals for around ten hours a week. She enjoys reading and ceramics and plans on studying neurobiology for college next year.
SOUND / LIGHTING TECH
Nathan Gladney is a junior at Roosevelt. He has been involved in many productions at TRHS, notably in the technical crews area. He served as Assistant to the Director and Sound Tech for Blithe Spirit, and this spring will serve as Assistant to the Director and Assistant Stage Manager for Jesus Christ Superstar. Nathan is an active participant on Roosevelt’s Debate team. When not in debate competitions he is helping with technical productions in the auditorium. Over the summers Nathan serves a camp counselor at Camp Anokijig near Sheboygan, WI.
A NOTE FROM THE CO-DIRECTORS
I first saw The Wolves at a High School performance in Omaha, NE last November with my oldest daughter, Riley. I instantly loved what I saw and heard. On the ride home, we both tried to imagine a way for Roosevelt to tell this story. Enter Mr. Davenport asking for volunteer coaches for the IHSSA Speech team. I was relentless talking about this play. The all-female ensemble cast. The strong, teenage characters, like nothing I’d ever read or seen before. The raw emotions of humor and heartbreak. The language. The way author Sarah DeLappe captures and celebrates the complexity, depth, and reality of being a young woman today, with her 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist play. Mr. Davenport supported bringing The Wolves to IHSSA competition. He offered to have me co-direct with him and assembled a cast of young ladies that are just as real, unique and powerful as the characters they portray. I am very grateful that these amazing young ladies welcomed me into their “pack” and trusted and experimented and pushed themselves to find the truth and connections in each of their characters. I hope that through The Wolves, audiences see what young women face today and that by being themselves, they can be strong and vulnerable. They can be confident and unsure. They can be silly and serious. They can be beautiful and flawed. Above all else, they can be themselves and that is enough.
I have said it all school-year long: it is a generous blessing with which I have had bestowed upon me, to be able to do what I love. I love teaching at Roosevelt. I love directing at Roosevelt. We are blessed with an administration and school leadership both supportive of the arts and of the diversity and many intersectionalities of our student body and community. This play—to which Peter Dean enthusiastically introduced to me—moved me like nothing else I’ve read in some time. Perhaps it was because of the current political climate, perhaps it was because of the #METOO movement, and perhaps it was because of the student actors in the Theatre Department overwhelmingly identify as female. It is rare that a high school can perform something so new, so relevant, and certainly so prescient. I believe our student performers have learned a great deal about acting and performance from their experiences with this show. However, I too have been given an education—an enlightenment about the realities which exist for our young women, and the barriers and pressures that are thrown before them and are placed upon them. Never before has a high school play allowed for such modernity and honesty, as Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves. This play is not merely about irreverent and crude language, or interpersonal conflict. It’s not just about soccer and “coming of age.” Producing this play has been about creating opportunities for our students, and ultimately young women’s empowerment. I am blessed to have been able to work with these young women and have them tell this story. I am thankful for their parents blessing, and the encouragement we have all received in presenting this new and challenging work. I am thankful to the parents, cast, crew, Coach Dean, and to the administration. I am thankful for Open Door Rep’s collaboration on providing this opportunity to our students.
As the great dramatist Stella Adler said, “the theatre was created to teach people the truth about life and the social situation.”
SARAH DELAPPE's play The Wolves premiered Off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm, following an engagement at New York Stage and Film, and development at Clubbed Thumb and Great Plains Theatre Conference. The Wolves received the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Drama Series Prize. DeLappe is the Page One Playwright for The Playwrights Realm and has been a resident artist at the Sitka Fellows Program and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Past affiliations: Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers' Group, New Georges Audrey Residency. Current: Ars Nova's Play Group, Resident Playwright at LCT3. MFA in process at Brooklyn College.