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Brigadoon Orchestra May Be “One of the Best Ever.”

SONY DSCEd Kottick, Music Director for ICCT’s Brigadoon invited me to lunch one day and we had a lively and informative discussion about Orchestras, Music Direction, and life within Iowa City Community Theatre. We talked about a great many things that day but the thing that stuck out for me the most was how passionately Ed felt about the role an orchestra plays in a musical and how excited he was about the group of people he had assembled for Brigadoon.

In a previous email he expressed to me that he had an orchestra that was “one of the best ever.”  Obviously, I couldn’t wait to hear about the team he had put together and Ed was eager to share.  Brigadoon takes place in the highlands of Scotland, and therefore Ed lead the discussion with a real, honest to goodness, bagpipe player in Craig Hazelbaker. To me, this set the tone for the entire orchestra; it was clear that the man in charge wanted authenticity and he was ready to present it.

SONY DSCEd, a Professor Emeritus of Musicology for the University of Iowa, has a long and respected career in Iowa City, with credentials, published books and an entire google-search of expertise. A valued member of our community, it should come as no surprise that he keeps things familial and close to home.  Violinists Don Gentzsch and William Gentzsch are father and son and cellist Christina Craig Gentzsch is William’s wife.  Two other husband and wife teams fill out the orchestra pit, Paul and Valerie McNally play trombone and clarinet, respectively, and Jim and Barb Reck on the Cello and Oboe.

There’s a recognizable reverence when he speaks of violinist Candice Wiebener, a recently retired conductor of the City High orchestra with a long and distinguished career.  “She is a legend,” says Ed.  He would know.

SONY DSCThe talent does not stop there.  The orchestra, conducted by Ed himself, is rounded out with Ronda Marshall (violin), Jennifer Hexom (violin), Michael Kimber (Viola), Gae Ellyn Gentzsch (Viola), Dan Berkowitz (Bass), Ron Mirr (Flute), Wes Habley (Clarinet), Pete Trotter (Bassoon), Paul Waech (Trumpet), Melissa Brobston (Trumpet), Jessica Palmer (Trumpet), Randall Aitchison (Horn), Lynn Conway (Piano), and Christine Augspurger (Percussion).

Brigadoon opens Friday, September 19 and runs through Sunday, September 28.  Tickets are available now at the box office or in advance right here.

Article by Jaret Morlan and All photos taken by Emily McKnight.

Announcing Cast for “Brigadoon”


ICCT is thrilled to announce the casting of Brigadoon, the first show in our exciting 59th Season!  Thank you so very much to all who auditioned and a special congratulations to the cast of Brigadoon:

Tommy Albright: Colin Nies
Fiona MacLaren: Jacqueline Lang
Jeff Douglas: Roger Phelps
Meg Brockie: Katie Boothroyd
Charlie Dalrymple: Joe Mosher
Mr. Lundie: Jon Cryer
Andrew MacLaren: Tom Schulein
Harry Beaton: Jacques Motyko
Jeanie MacLaren: Taylor Wyatt
Jane Ashton: Kelsey Ford
Frank: Robert Steger
Archie Beaton: Len Duncan
Angus: Glen Schmitz
Doug Beardsley
Heidi Bibler
Trista Carlson
Caitlin Dorsett
Kelly Garrett
Emily Hill
Megan Hill
Kristi Johnson
Celine Kim
Rich LeMay
Nancy Mayfield
Beverly Mead
Davis Nepple
Addison Puccio
Linda Rowland
Michael Rowland
Jordan Running
Fenna Scherrer
Hal Schrott
Audrey Thompson-Wallace 
Brigadoon is Directed by Josh Sazon and Music Directed by Ed Kottick; Join us on Septemer 19th for a spectacular opening night and reception.
For full information regarding Brigadoon, including ticket information, click here.

Auditions for “Brigadoon”



OPEN AUDITIONS: Wednesday, July 16th 6-9 pm and Thursday, July 17th 7:30-9 pm

Location: Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center
220 S. Gilbert St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
Meeting Room A

***Please prepare an excerpt from a song to sing (30-60 seconds) and bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. You may be asked to do a cold read. Also, please wear clothes in which you can move for the dance portion of the audition.*** If you’d like, you may download an audition form and bring it with you, otherwise you will be asked to fill one out at the time of your audition.


In this timeless tale, two New Yorkers accidentally discover a magical village that comes to life for one day every one hundred years. They meet delightful people in the midst of wedding preparations, buying and selling from the Fair. Although the town is surreal, the residents are not; their hopes and dreams speak to us as clearly as any contemporary setting. Amidst beautiful music, Scottish dancing, and clever dialog, and a tear or two, you will believe that miracles can happen.
Fiona MacLaren (soprano): female 18 – 30
Tommy Albright (baritone): male 30 – 40
Charlie Dalrymple (tenor): male 21 – 32
Meg Brockie (alto): female 18 – 30
Andrew MacLaren (baritone): male 47 – 65
Archie Beaton (bass): male 47 – 65
Ensemble (all parts): male and female, all ages
Jean MacLaren: female 18 – 30
Jeff Douglas: male 35 – 55
Harry Beaton: male 18 – 30
Mr. Lundie: male 50 – 75
Maggie Anderson: female 16 – 26
Jane Ashton: female 24 – 33



This production is in need of a lighting designer. If interested, or if you know someone who may be, please e-mail ICCT at: office@iowacitycommunitytheatre.com