Theater Production "Leader of the Pack" Comes to the Stage at the U of M, Crookston; Performances on Thursday-Sunday, March 4,5,6,7 in Kiehle Auditorium

Leader of the Pak cast.jpgThe musical "Leader of the Pack," a theater production based on the life and music of Ellie Greenwich, will be performed in Kiehle Auditorium on Thursday- Sunday, March 4, 5, 6, 7. Performances are scheduled each evening at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under with a $15 maximum for families.  

Greenwich was a well-known American pop music singer, songwriter, and record Leader of the Pack Poster.jpgproducer.This play, which features popular music from the 1960s, is produced by the U of M, Crookston Theater Department. Under the direction of George French in conjunction with the Office of Diversity Programs and sponsored by Concerts & Lectures, the cast is all U of M, Crookston students. The performance scheduled in March also commemorates Women's History Month. The theme for Women's History Month is "Writing Women Back into History" and play's performance is one of a number of events taking place in March on the Crookston Campus.

Cast members in the production include Kevin Anderson, a senior from Spring Grove, Minn.; Kasey Bekkerus, a post-secondary enrollment option student from Gary, Minn.; Karen Carpenedo, a freshman from Bessember, Mich.; Thomas Chute, a sophomore from Aitkin, Minn.; Austin Czichotzki, a sophomore from Barnesville, Minn.;  Melissa Graf, a freshman from Hokah, Minn.; Matthew Green, sophomore from Greenbush, Minn.; Brooke Hamilton, a freshman from Adams, Minn.; Jordan Hasbrouck, a freshman from Erskine, Minn.; Bethany Jenkins, a freshman from Grand Forks, N.D.; Trey Johnston, a freshman from Angus, Minn.; Emily Nelsen, a sophomore from Atwater, Minn.; Tyler Nelson, a freshman from Hinckley, Minn.; Kay Plaisance, a freshman from Lino Lakes, Minn.;  Amber Schleicher, a freshman from Crookston, Minn.; Chelsea Swenson, a freshman from Fertile, Minn.; and Chelsey Wells, a junior from Paris, Mich.

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In the photo at the top: Top row (l to r): Amber Schleicher, Austin Czichotzki, Kevin Anderson, and Kasey Bekkerus. Middle Row: Matt Green, Tyler Nelson, Trey Johnston, and Jordan Hasbrouck. Front row: Brooke Hamilton, Karen Carpenedo, Melissa Graf, Kay Plaisance, Bethany Jenkins, and Chelsey Wells.

Missing in the photo are cast members: Thomas Chute, Emily Nelsen, and Chelsea Swenson

Contact: George French, director, theater and music, 218-281-8266 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (