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DSU to present 'Little Footsteps'

Ben (Mack Russ) talks to his unborn child, while his wife, Joanie (Dinah Ridl) is amused in a rehearsal scene for “Little Footsteps.”

The Dickinson State University Theater Department will explore the promises and perils of impending parenthood when it presents “Little Footsteps.”

“It has its moments of seriousness as we try to process becoming parents, but it’s light-hearted in some aspects too,” said Director Ron Gingerich, DSU professor of theater. “One of the character’s problems is he has a hard time settling down being a responsible adult even though he’s going on 35.”

“Little Footsteps,” written by Ted Tally, is the same play that Gingerich chose when completing his master’s thesis in 1990 at the University of Alabama.

“I thought it would be fun to revive it,” he said.

The cast includes Mac Russ, who plays Ben, the successful, yet somewhat immature TV advertisement creator.

Dinah Ridl plays his wife, Joanie, who is expecting their first child.

Brianna Peterson plays Charlotte, the grandmother who likes to take over.

Tim Rosin plays her husband, Gil, who tries to negotiate peace between mother and daughter.

In Act 1, Joanie and Ben’s anxiety is palpable as they attempt to prepare their home for the new arrival. Will the nursery ever be done? Will their marriage survive”

“It’s going to completely change everything,” Ridl said as her character, Joanie. “I’m hoping it will help our relationship and bring some new magic into our lives.”

On the other hand, Ben is surprised about the pregnancy.

“Obviously, none of us saw it coming and I liked our lives the way they were,” Russ said.

Rosin gives his fatherly advice that the pregnancy is a learning experience for everyone and to take one day at a time.

Peterson describes Charlotte as being very prim and proper. She is known to say, “You’re doing everything wrong — listen to me!”

Act 2 jumps forward to the day of little Daniel’s christening party. When Ben arrives, his whole world teeters on chaos. Can life ever be “normal” again? Come to the play to find out, says Gingerich.

The scenery, lights and sound have been created by DSU assistant professor Jarvis Jahner with assistance from senior Nathan Amberg. The costume design is by Pattie Carr.

“Little Footsteps” plays in the Backstage Theater April 24, 25, 26 and 30, and May 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors ages 62 and older and students to age 18.

Due to adult language and situations, this show is not recommended for children.

Reservations may be made weekday afternoons in May Hall room 3 or by calling 701-483-2154.