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FDSH 1968 Vocal Music Department

We would like this "history" of the Fort Dodge Senior High Vocal Music Department to be as complete as possible concerning the musicals that our class was a part of. Additionally, we would like to include other general information about other years and musicals that will illustrate the quality of the program, its Directors and its student casts & musicians.

Do you have any pictures (production or personal) that you could generously share copies with us to include here? We would greatly appreciate it. Additionaly, do you have any personal memories of any of these three productions?

Also, we may ask questions below to make this story more complete. If you know the answer to any of them, please let us know.

Copies of pictures, memories and answers to questions can be emailed to us HERE.

History of FDSH Musicals

1928 The Marriage of Nannette

1929 H.M.S. Pinafore

1930 The Mikado

1931 The Pirates of Penzance

1932 The Firefly

1933 Faust

1934 The Chocolate Soldier

1935 Babes in Toyland

1936 Rose of Algeria

1937 Blossom Time

1938 Of Thee I Sing

1939 The Gondoliers

1940 Tha Vagabond King

1941 Naughty Marietta

1942 Steethearts

1943 The Firefly

1944 The Red Mill

1945 Her Regiment

1946 A Waltz Dream

1947 Love Goes South

1948 Look Who's Here

1949 Meet Arizona

1950 The Hither & Thither of Dorothy Dither

1951 Sweethearts

1952 The New Moon

1953 Brigadoon

1954 Finian's Rainbow

1955 Seventeen

1956 Paint Your Wagon

1957 The Countless Maritza

1958 Annie Get Your Gun

1959 Oklahoma

1960 Carousel

1961 South Pacific

1962 The King & I

1963 The Music Man

1964 My Fair Lady

1965 Carnival

1966 Camelot

1967 Where's Charley?

1968 Brigadoon

1969 How To Succeed in Business

1970 Hello Dolly

1971 Li'l Abner

1972 On A Clear Day
1973 The Sound of Music

1974 Guys & Dolls

1975 Oliver

1976 Babes in Arms

1977 Funny Girl

1978 Damn Yankees

1979 Bye Bye Birdie

1980 Once Upon A Mattress

1981 South Pacific

1982 Bells Are Ringing

1983 The King & I

1983 The Pirates of Penzance

1985 Annie

1986 Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

1987 The Wizard Of Oz

1988 The Sound Of Music

1989 The Boy Friend

1990 Into The Woods (National Premier Performance)

1991 Oklahoma

1992 42nd Street

1993 Carousel

1994 Meet Me In St. Louis

1995 Anything Goes

1996 Crazy For You

1997 Naughty Marietta

1998 Once Upon A Mattress

1999 Bye Bye Birdie

2000 Annie Get Your Gun

2001 Babes In Arms

2002 The Music Man

2003 Guys & Dolls

2004 Oklahoma

2005 The Pirates of Penzance

2006 Grease

2007 State Fair

2008 Li'l Abner

2009 Cinderella

2010 South Pacific

2011 Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

2012 Fiddler On The Roof

2013 Thoroughly Modern Millie

2014 Anything Goes

2015 Damn Yankees

2016 Crazy For You
2017 The Pajama Game
2018 Disney's Beauty and the Beast

 

FDSH Vocal Music Directors

Donald Walker 1955/56 School Year

Larry Mitchell 1966/67 School Year
          As a producer, director and musical theater consultant, Larry Mitchell has directed over 80 productions of more than 60 different musicals in the past 40 years. He has directed musical theater productions at the junior and senior high school, university and semi-professional levels in the United States and England.
        In addition, he has conducted workshops at the following universities: Iowa State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and James Madison. He has also given presentations on musical theater for The American Choral Directors' regional and state conventions and conducted a "Masterworks Sing" at the National Musical Educators National Conference Convention in Anaheim, California.
          For three summers, he served as Director of Musical Theatre for the International Educational Institute in the professional Northcutt Theatre in Exeter, England. In 1968 he co-founded The Comedia Musica Players who have performed in England’s Northcutt Theatre, the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado, and the Belvidere Opera House in Central City. They have also toured extensively throughout Iowa, occasionally under the auspices of the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts.
          In 1997, Mr. Mitchell retired after 31 years as the choral director at Fort Dodge Senior High School of Fort Dodge, Iowa. At that time, the school had performed musical theater continuously since 1928. In 1990, his high school was the first non-professional organization in the United States to perform Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. His final musical, Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta, was the school's seventieth annual musical theater production.
          His choirs have been invited to perform for regional and state conventions and are known for their unique presentations, including staged and costumed performances of Menotti's The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore, and Hugo Distler's Totentanz.

 
Matthew Drees - Present School Year

          Mr. Drees is currently serving as Director of Choral Activities at FDSH. Ensembles under his direction include Dodger Men’s Chorus and The A Cappella Choir. Additionally Mr. Drees teaches Advanced Vocal Techniques, Music Appreciation, and independent music study.
          A native of Iowa City, Mr. Drees attended Iowa City West High School, where he was a two-year All-State Chorus member and three-year ISU Honor Choir member and participated in concert and show choir, marching and concert band, and musical theater.  He holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
          He has worked at Fort Dodge Senior High School since 2011.

 

1966

We were fresh from North & South Junior Highs when we became the Sophomore Class at Fort Dodge Senior High for the 1965/66 school year. It was a huge change for us, but we stood up to the challenge.

One of the highlights of our Sophomore year was having the opportunity to participate in the final musical production of  Vocal Music Director Donald Walker’s at FDSH. Our first High School year was Walker’s last, and he and his cast did a magnificent job recreating the Broadway musical hit Camelot in our gymnasium.

Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music). It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White novel The Once and Future King.

The original 1960 production, directed by Moss Hart and orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, ran on Broadway for 873 performances, winning four Tony Awards and spawning several revivals, foreign productions, and the 1967 film Camelot. The original cast album was America's top-selling LP for 60 weeks.[1] The musical has become associated with the Kennedy Administration, which is sometimes called the "Camelot Era".

Our Cast

Dinadan..................Dean Macken
Lionel............................Jim Miller
Merlyn....................Bob Ellsworth
Arthur...........................Ray Siefer
Guenevere.............Paula Siekman
Sagramore...................Dave Tyler
Nimue......................Kathi Brinton
Lancelot....................Dan Whiting
Dap.....................Ralph Thompson
Pellinore..................Mike McGuire
Mordred..............Dennis Moothart
Morgan Le Fey............Beth Packer

Our Director

Mr. Donald Walker (B.A. M.M. Ed)

                   

       

 

1967

Where's Charley? is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by George Abbott. The story was based on the play Charley's Aunt by Brandon Thomas.

The musical debuted on Broadway in 1948 and was revived on Broadway and in the West End. Ray Bolger starred, and sang the popular song "Once In Love With Amy".

Our Cast
Brasset......................................Steve Drown
Jack Chesney...........................Steve DeWitt
Charley Wykeham....................Scott Griffith
Kitty Verdun..................Gretchen Siekmann
Amy Spettigue.........................Kathy Brinton
Wilkinson.......................................Ray Siefer
Sir Francis Chesney....................Dan Culver
Mr. Spettigue............................Mike McGuire
Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez.......Kathy Hiveley
Photographer..............................C.B.Higgins
Patricia............................................Sue Bartik
Reggie.......................................Dennis Olson

 

 

Cast Recording

Track 1: Overture - In All The Years Before Us
     Orchestra & Students
Track 6: Make A Miracle
     Kathi Brinton & Scott Griffith
Track 2: Better Get Out Of Here
     Kathi Brinton, Scott Griffith, Gretchen
     Siekmann & Steve Dewitt
Track 7: My Darling, My Darling
     Gretchen Siekmann & Steve Dewitt
Track 3: New Ashmolean Marching Society and
Students Conservatory Band

      Students and Young Ladies
Track 8: Once In Love With Amy
     Scott Griffith
Track 4: Lovelier Than Ever
     Kathy Hively, Dan Culver, Students
     & Loung Ladies
Track 9: Gossips
     Sue Bartic, Chris Bundy, Nancy Landes,
     Karen McIntyre. Nancy Naber, LouAnn
     Pfaff. Beryl Phipps & Marilyn Raney
Track 5: Serenade With Asides
     Mike McGuire & Scott Griffith
Track 10: Where's Charley
     Students & Young Ladies

Audio Tracks (mp3 Files)
Available By Clicking HERE

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1968


A Cappella Choir reacts to picking Brigadoon for FDSH Spring Musical.

Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical, such as "Almost Like Being in Love", have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon.

The original production opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 581 performances. It starred David Brooks, Marion Bell, Pamela Britton, and Lee Sullivan. In 1949, Brigadoon opened at the West End theatre and ran for 685 performances; many revivals have followed. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, and a 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk.

Our Cast

Tommy Albright...............Randy Pieper
Jeff Douglas.................Terry Goodman
Archie Beaton...................Cliff Wallace
Harry Beaton.......................Jeff Ulstad
Angus MacGuffie...............Kent Brooks
Sandy Dean..........................Roy Tudor
Andrew MacLaren..........Mark Messerly
Fiona MacLaren.............Judy Drollinger
Jean MacLaren.................Pam Jordison
Meg Brockie.......................Carol Lepley
Charlie Dalrymple.............Steve DeWitt
Maggie Anderson................Beth Packer
Mr. Lundie....................Brion Wenhardt
Stuart Dalrymple................Larry Harris
Mac Gregor.........................Dan Schoon
Frank.................................Steve Drown
Jane Ashton......................Nancy Moore

Cast Recording

Album Side A - Slide Show Tracks
Available on YouTube HERE

Audio Tracks (mp3 Files)
Available By Clicking HERE

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Track 01 - Introduction / Prologue
Orchestra & Chorus
Track 02 - Vendors Calls / Down On Mac Donnachy Square
Greg Lundgren, Beth Hoskin, Lydia Moore, Loran  
Rodewald, Steve Drown, Roger Pieper, Nancy Blair & Larry Harris
Track 03 - Waitin' For My Dearie
Judy Drollinger & Women
Track 04 - I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean
Steve Dewitt & Villagers
Track 05 - The Heather On The Hill
Judy Drollinger & Randy Pieper
Track 06 - Almost Like Being In Love
Judy Drollinger & Randy Piepe

Track 07 - Come To Me - Bend To Me
Steve Dewitt
Track 08 - The Chase
Larry Harris, Dan Schoon, Randy  Pieper  & Men
Track 09 - There But For You Go I
Randy Pieper & Judy Drollinger
Track 10 - My Mother's Wedding Day
Carol Lepley & Villagers
Track 11 - From This Day On
Judy Drollinger, Randy Pieper &   Villagers
Track 12 - Brigadoon Finale
Terry Goodman, Randy Pieper,     Brion  Wenhardt & Villagers

 

Entire Brigadoon cast photograph by Messenger Photographer Fred Larson

    



    

Photos Courtesy Judy Drollinger

         

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Special thanks to Classmate Marilyn Hanson Yoder for sharing most of the following pictures with us for use on this FDSH Musical Page. It is greatly appreciated!