‘Dogfight’ presented by Stage Door Productions

Love, compassion win in wartime-era production Friday and Saturday

Love and compassion win in Stage Door Productions’ upcoming musical, ”Dogfight” on Friday and Saturday.

”Dogfight” carries its audience on a romantic journey with music and lyrics written by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul and a book written by Peter Dunchan. ”Dogfight” is also based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film of the same name.

“The music in ”Dogfight” is beautiful and the harmonies are complex,” Shelly Bottorff, the show’s music director, said. ”We are excited to have Dean Davis, Rod Leman, and Nicholas Schelle on board in pit.”

“The music is catchy, haunting, beautiful, and fun.” Alyssa Sparks, the stage director, said. “It hits all the right notes.”

It is November 1963 on the eve of three young Marine’s deployment, and the three bees decide to set out for one final boys’ night of self-indulgence, partying, and a little trouble. During the night Corporal Eddie meets Rose, an awkward, naive, and self-conscious waitress who he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits.

“Their goal is to bring the ugliest women they can find and the ugliest one wins,” Sparks said.

Rose finds out about the bet, and instead, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

In the cast of ”Dogfight,” the audience will see many familiar faces on stage.

“The cast has been working so hard,” Bottorff said. ”They are one of the most dedicated casts I have ever had the pleasure of working with, They come ready to work and learn every rehearsal.”

Tickets can be purchased at First American Bank for $10 per person. Stage Door Productions will be offering a reduced ticket price of $5 for those with a valid Iowa Central Community College Student ID. Students should contact Rochelle Green, in the photography department.

This show contains strong language and is not suitable for children.

“This show is definitely for mature audiences, which is why we have the 18 years and up restriction.” Bottorff said. “It is one of the aspects that I enjoy the most, throughout the year we are able to provide performing and listening to opprotunities for a wide range of ages and interests. From kid productions in the summer, to combined kid and cabaret shows in the Spring and Fall, then to a small cast show is January catering to adults.


The Cast of ‘Dogfight’

Eddie Birdlace: Dynastacius

(Dragon) Collins

Rose Denny: Alice Gaines

Bernstein: Tristan Sitzmann

Boland: Nathan Arhart

Marcy/Peggy: Esther Laupp

Fector: John Woodruff

Stevens: Nicholas Martinson

Gibbs/ Stevens’ party date: Joey Kelley

Mama/Suzette: Maggie Breitenkamp

Ruth Two Bears/Librarian/Chippy: Danielle Border

Lounge Singer/Pete/Sergeant/

Praying Drag Queen/Diner Patron/Waiter/Big Tony: Kyle Green