Meet the cast of LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL!
QCT is about to go back in time – to the 1880s, in fact – and showcase life across the Midwestern prairies in Little House on the Prairie, The Musical!
We’re thrilled to unveil the dynamic cast of 33 who will bring this story, inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books to life.
The enticing musical follows Laura Ingalls as she and her family journey west in the 1880s to settle in De Smet, South Dakota; however, life on the prairie brings with it unexpected hardships and tragedies – from raging prairie fires to devastating blizzards. Through it all, Laura Ingalls perseveres and grows from a free-spirited child to a young pioneer woman preparing for adulthood while remaining true to herself and her family.
Little House on the Prairie, The Musical features a cast of 33 dynamic performers, many of whom are making their QCT and/or stage debut. The cast includes Jayden Dreyer as Laura Ingalls, Julie Ginos as Caroline “Ma” Ingalls, Aaron Speckhart as Charles “Pa” Ingalls, Clara Louthan as Mary Ingalls, Abby Twaddle as Carrie Ingalls, Jeremy Kurfman as Almanzo Wilder, Josh Carlson as Robert Boast, Lily Twaddle as Nellie Oleson, Vicky Vail as Eliza Jane Wilder, Patrick Hedges as Owen, Chris Seals as Mr. Oleson, Sarah Goodapple as Mrs. Oleson, Doug Tenhouse as the town’s doctor, Devin Boccardi as Mr. Brewster, Zoey Griffin as Mrs. Brewster, Alec Eaton as Cap Garland, Dominic Zanger as Willie Oleson, Aly Young as Ida, Addison Wetzel as Minnie, Blake Stone as Clarence Brewster, Quinton Miller as Tommy, Sarah Predmore as Ruby, Cecilia Bruening as Martha, and Addison Zanger as Blanche. Completing the cast are ensemble members Richard Hessling, Justin Twaddle, Mason Ellison, Barrett Whitfield, Olivia Jones, Christina Helm, Gretchen Wolfmeyer, Samantha Lowenberg,and Evelyn Ginos.
“We have assembled an absolutely stunning cast to bring to life not only Laura’s stories but also a story of community,” says Director Brandon Thomsen. “This musical speaks to the American spirit of family and hard-work and how our unique selves, when brought together, can lift one another. As these pioneers did, so, too, will our cast and production team come together with their individual gifts to create something truly special.”
Little House on the Prairie, The Musical is under the direction of Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen, with vocal direction by Elizabeth Mannhardt, choreography by Alison Shafer, scenic design by Sabrina Brookshire, lighting design by Elizabeth Schweitzer, costume design by Blaine Shepherd, and stage management by Rowan Cafun. Props will be handled by Drew Quintero and Lindsey Stroot.
Tickets start at $24 and go on sale Monday, November 14. The performances are December 9-11 and 15-18, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Seating is reserved. The performance on Sunday, December 18 will be signed by Jessica Lewis for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
If you can’t wait until December 9 to experience life on the prairie with the Ingalls family, QCT will host Discovery Night on Monday, November 28 at 6:00 PM. This free event invites the audience backstage to take a look at the process of bringing this story to life. See the costumes, set pieces, hear from the director and designers, and watch a portion of the rehearsal.
Audiences are invited to continue the conversation and meet the cast with a question-and-answer session following the performance on Friday, December 16.
For more information, visit 1qct.org or call the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, at 217.222.3209.
Little House on the Prairie, The Musical is sponsored by Quincy Medical Group and the Quincy Town Center. QCT’s 2022 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver.