7/18/2014 9:21:00 AM Geiken has lead in Hastings play
by Ken Haggerty
Black Dirt Theater, the Hastings community theater group, is staging a musical production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Hastings High School auditorium from July 25 through August 3.
Cannon Falls native and CFHS 2012 graduate Mitch Geiken has the lead role of Joseph in the show.
Geiken is going into his junior year at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. He is currently a ministry major with an emphasis in youth ministry and theater.
"My future plan is to hopefully be doing youth ministry while incorporating theater with it," said Geiken.
Geiken was not involved in either of the productions of "Joseph" Cannon Falls High School has done, but says he saw it and loved it.
Geiken was a standout in drama at Cannon Falls. He played The Baker in "Into The Woods;" was very impressive as Curly in "Oklahoma"; showed great pipes and comedic timing as the dentist, Orin Scrivello, in "Little Shop of Horrors"; and was very good in non-musicals as George Gibbs in "Our Town," and Trapper John in "MASH" (the production in 2009 not the recent one).
At Northwestern, Geiken has played Sir William Lucas in "Pride and Prejudice"; and Nick Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This is Geiken's first show outside of a school setting.
Geiken says Black Dirt Theater has a track record of putting on great shows.
"They handle themselves like professionals, and there will definitely be some technical elements of the show that will hopefully make some eyes go wide!" said Geiken.
"Black Dirt really knows what they are doing," he says. "The creative team is phenomenal all around, including set design, props, costume, sound, and lighting. They are an incredibly fun group to work with, too. The cast feels like a big family. If I got the chance I would definitely want to work with them again."
This production is going to be different from any other production of "Joseph" you have ever seen, says Geiken. He says the story is the same, there are still the same songs everyone loves, but Black Dirt Theater is putting their own creative twists on the show.
"I don't want to give away anything, because we want it to be a surprise when people come see the show; but there will be some elements we have put in that will definitely surprise you, make you laugh, and hopefully make you love the show even more!" said Geiken.
Geiken recommends trying to get in the two sections of seating available on both sides of the stage so it feels like you are right in the action and part of the story.
Geiken is the son of Kent and Geri Geiken of Cannon Falls. He is the grandson of Jerry and Jeanne Schanink and Twyla Geiken, all of Cannon Falls,
There is another local in the show. Aaron Trost, son of Tim and Joyce Trost, rural Cannon Falls. He is part of the Kids Chorus.
For more info, go to blackdirttheater.com or for tickets, try brownpapertickets.com/event/428822.