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home : news : news Friday, April 29, 2016

9/14/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
CCHS grads can't wait to perform on CPAC stage

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

When Rachel Vickers' and Alex Heetland's eyes first feasted on the Central Performing Arts Center (CPAC), they were beyond impressed.

The Central Community High School graduates both were heavily involved in acting and music as students and still are today.

In fact, the pair has put together a musical revue called, "Hearts and Music," which they will perform Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. the CPAC.

Vickers, the daughter of Matt and Connie, says they simply cannot wait to take the stage.

"We had gotten in to see (the CPAC) and immediately we fell in love with it," she shares. "(Heetland) and I said, we want to do something in this auditorium; let's see if we can do something."

Heetland, the son of Gaylon and Rose, was able to secure a grant from the Lincolnway Foundation to put on a production at the CPAC.

Vickers and Heetland wrote a musical revue that features a wide variety of songs from various musicals including "Annie Get Your Gun," "Promises, Promises" and "Sundays in the Park With George."

A jazz ensemble also will perform.

The revue contains a loose plot about a subject Vickers and Heetland very easily can relate to - how daunting putting a stage production together can be.

Getting fellow actors to star in the cast and organizing schedules for rehearsals proved to be a challenge.

After all, Vickers and Heetland, both of whom now call Minneapolis home, enlisted the talents of C. Ryan Shipley, who currently is playing the lead role in "Singin' in the Rain" at the Bloomington Civic Theater, a show that runs five nights a week and has been sold out for five straight weeks.

Other cast members are Rebekah Henrickson, who was involved in theater with Heetland while he studied as an undergraduate at Concordia; and Alyssa Seifert, who also is performing in "Singin' in the Rain" and has been cast as "Gypsy Rose" in a production of "Gypsy" which is the next show that will be performed at the Bloomington Civic Theater.

"It's awesome that things have come together the way they have," Vickers relates. "We have some very talented people."

She will act and sing in the musical revue, while Heetland will be "multitasking" by acting, singing and playing the piano.

Besides the CPAC, Vickers, Heetland and their fellow cast members will take their show on the road to Edina Morningside Church in Minnesota and Trinity Lutheran School in Cedar Rapids.

Vickers and Heetland are thrilled to be able to perform at their alma mater and in such an amazing venue.

Not only are they anxious to share their production with residents of their hometown, they also are looking forward to sharing it with all of those who have inspired them and have proven to be powerful influences on their love of the arts.

"We have such a great support system in DeWitt," Vickers notes. "People like Carolyn Eggleston, Tom and Jeannie Dean; so many people in the community. We are so excited to get there."


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