Lipinski on stage for play at SMSU

Peter and the Starcatcher this weekend

With the Minneota play cancelled this year, Emma Lipinski auditioned for the production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" at Southwest Minnesota State University.
"My friend, Mary Jean Porter, is the stage manager for the show and she told me I should audition for the show," said Lipinski, a Minneota junior PSEO student from Ivanhoe. "I went to the auditions on Sept. 1 and met the director and auditioned."
Lipinski is playing the part of Smee, the right-hand man of Black Stache.
"He isn't the brightest, but he tries his best to help Stache fulfill his crazy schemes," she explained. "Raxon Rax, our Black Stache, had made it easy for me to develop my Smee character because we play off each other well.”
"Stache and Smee have some very comedic lines and it is fun to see how Raxon and I can work together to make them even better.""Peter and the Starcatcher" is based on the popular novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker. It is a high-energy, high seas adventure, featuring pirates, mermaids, a mysterious trunk, and a tropical island. It is the story of an orphan boy on the way to becoming Peter Pan.
The opening weekend was this past Friday and Saturday evening, as well as a Sunday matinee. The play continues next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14 at 2 p.m.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, SMSU is maintaining social distancing per public health guidelines, and allowing only 60-75 people per attendance.
"SMSU allowed us to have the audience at 19 percent capacity and we had a pretty good turnout this weekend," said Lipinski. "It's great that we are allowed to do the show in front of an audience, even if it can't be a full house."
Lipinski is no stranger to stage performances, having been in six shows in Minneota, three with the Missoula Children's Theater, two with the Lake Benton Children's Theater, and two Lake Benton Opera Hall summer shows, "Peter and the Starcatcher" is the 14th show she has performed in.
SMSU had planned for this performance to show this past spring until the pandemic altered those plans. Many of the parts had already been cast.
"I got to read for Smee at auditions and our director, Nadine Schmidt, saw that I also play ukulele so that stuck out to her," Lipinski said. "It took about three days for Nadine to finish the cast list and I was very happy with the part I received."
Rehearsals began on Sept. 8 and the entire cast met once a week in order to run through scenes and music.
"Peter and the Starcatcher is a play with music so there are not that many songs," Lipinski said. "I do have my own song where I sing and play my ukulele and I have solos in the other group songs."
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Emma Lipinski plays the ukulele during a performance last weekend at SMSU in Marshall. Contributed photo

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