Full Cast Announced for Guthrie Premiere of The Master Butchers Singing Club

News   Full Cast Announced for Guthrie Premiere of The Master Butchers Singing Club Casting is now complete for the Guthrie Theater world premiere of Marsha Norman's The Master Butchers Singing Club, a stage adaptation of Louise Erdrich's 2003 novel, which will be directed by Francesca Zambello.

Emily Gunyou Halaas
Emily Gunyou Halaas Photo by Mike Habermann

As previously reported, Katie Guentzel (Eva), Emily Gunyou Halaas (Delphine), Lee Mark Nelson (Fidelis) and Sheila Tousey (Step and a Half) will lead the production, which will begin Sept. 11 and officially open Sept. 19 on the Wurtele Thrust.

Newly added to the cast are M. Cochise Anderson (Ancestor), Jennifer Blagen (Tante), Charlie Brady (Cyprian), Terry Hempleman (Roy), Tracey Maloney (Clarisse), Bill McCallum (Sheriff Hock), Peter Thomson (Dr. Heech), Sean Cackoski, Rebecca Hurd, Jake Ingbar, Ryan McCartan, Maeve Moynihan, Logan Pedersen and Nicholas Saxton.

Norman ('night, Mother, The Secret Garden) adapted Eldrich's North Dakota-set work that is helmed by Zambello (The Little Mermaid, Little House on the Prairie).

According to the Guthrie, "Bookended by the two World Wars, the moving story of tradition, family, love and loss follows the life of Fidelis and his family, as well as Delphine and her partner Cyprian, as they adjust in their separate lives in the small town of Argus, North Dakota. As Fidelis and Delphine's lives intertwine, the play chronicles ordinary small-town citizens as they encounter the extraordinary events — both in their insular world and in the larger world — that come to define their lives."

The Master Butchers Singing Club design team includes David Korins (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Kevin Stites (music supervision/incidental music), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design), Marcela Lorca (movement), Jo Holcomb (dramaturg), Lucinda Holshue (speech/dialect coach) and Peter Moore (fight director). The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue), in downtown Minneapolis. To purchase tickets or season subscriptions call (612) 377-2224 or visit GuthrieTheater.

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