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Our Directors


1955 - 1966

Donald Walker

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

1966 - 1997

Larry Mitchell

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


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.