June 7, 2016

ESU Summer Theatre Presents: Coming to America


Emporia State Summer Theatre opens its 62nd
season with Coming to America, a cross between
an old book musical and a musical revue telling
the true stories of five unknown Ellis Island-
American heroes who changed the face of this
country. This show features ragtime music,
sketch comedy and landmark composers of the
early 20th century, including Irving Berlin,
George Gershwin and George M. Cohan.

Celebrating the lives of immigrants who came
through Ellis Island from 1893 through 1916 in
search of the great American dream, Coming to
America presents a humorous picture of the
melting pot that was the American experience at
the turn of the century though the eyes of
Ambrose (Andrew Ralston, Topeka), Yankel
(Justin Tinker, Henderson, NV), Pedro (Tyler
Lang, Wichita), Pernilla (Rachel Muirhead,
Hays), and Kaitlin (Torin Horvik, Fargo, ND).
Mary (Aubrey Jenkins, Admire) also appears in
the production.

Coming to America is under the direction of Jim
Bartruff and Lindy Bartruff. Assisting with the
production are musical director Anna Ryan,
technical director Chris Lohkamp, scenographer
Rick Rasmussen, sound designer Andrew
McCutcheon (Garden City), assistant set
designer Dustin Bittel (Ellis), assistant
costume designer Courtney Romero (Kansas City),
production stage manager Lisa Tinker (Derby),
and assistant stage manager Jingyi Hua (Dalian,
China). Musicians include pianist Sue Seeman,
bassist Jacob Rankin, and percussionist Trevor

Coming to America runs June 15th —18th at 7:30
pm. All performances will be in the Karl C.
Bruder Theatre located at 1301 Market Street.
For tickets to this performance, visit the
Memorial Union Ticket Office or call 620-341-
6378. For media inquiries and more information
about the show season, contact Jim Bartruff,
Director of Theatre, at 620-341-5701 or

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