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I hope you remembered your skates. And some change for the pay phone.
And... well, your bell bottoms.

At first glance, the Venn diagram of things that happen in The Rink and things that happen here
in New Prague shows almost no crossover. The people youre about to spend a couple hours
with are largely from some loud, crass, Italian immigrant families living on the Atlantic seaboard
in the 1970s think old-school Jersey Shore. They run carnival attractions for a living, they
scream at each other a lot, they wear their emotions on their sleeves, they make lewd hand
gestures whenever the mood strikes. Also... they sing the most glorious songs.

If you change up some of the cultural references, some of the idiosyncrasies, then the Antonelli,
Pegedis, and Desantis families may start to feel a little bit like our families who live here, on this
boardwalk... or on any boardwalk. They know too much about each others business, they
gossip about each other freely but they just dare you to say a word about any of their own. They
reminisce about the old days, they wish things were like they used to be... kids these days. The
best times were the times when they were growing up, whether theyre 25 or 85 if you ask
them, its all gone downhill from there. They love each other fiercely in both destructive and healthy
ways. They are not always kind to each other, not always generous about each others motives.

They also want nothing more than to spend their lives with each other, their blood and chosen
families, living out both the familiar and the brand new. The characters youll meet in The Rink may
sing about it on cue, but thats the only real difference; they live out their lives in search of the same
meaning, acceptance, and love that we seek out here in our little North Country community.

In the middle of Act I, we find the prodigal daughter, Angel, telling her mother what she misses
about home. She has returned to the rink after years of wandering the country in search of
something. Angel sings: Our lives are filled with strings, connected to familiar things, and all of
mine are here No matter where home is, the old saying must be true for better or worse, its
where the heart is. Were proud that the cast of The Rink has called the Prague Theatre home and
heart for a few weeks, and were grateful to share it with you. Bentornato a casa!

Enjoy the show,

Ben, Amanda, and the DalekoArts team

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music by JOHN KANDER|lyrics by FRED EBB
directed by MATT MCNABB
music direction by ANTHONY J SOFIE|choreography by LAURI KRAFT

TIME: Late 1970s | PLACE: Atlantic seaboard

ANGEL Amanda White*
LITTLE GIRL Madeline Sundheim
WRECKER/DINO Bobby Gardner*
WRECKER/DANNY Armando Harlow Ronconi
ANNA Karen Weber

STAGE MANAGER Callie Meiners
PROPS DESIGNER Sarah Salisbury

KEYBOARD Anthony J Sofie*
* denotes company member

ABOUT us THE artists
Bobby is a local actor/improviser/educator and
DalekoArts Company member. He was seen this
season in Adventures in Mating and Snowed Inn,
and has also appeared in Forever Plaid, and Proof
(season one). Hes performed with other local
OUR theatre companies like the Chanhassen Dinner

Theater, Troupe America, and Flip Theatre. Bobby
also works for the Brave New Workshop comedy
theatre in Minneapolis. Bobby has a degree in the-
DalekoArts (pronounced DELL-uh-koh)
atre from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
works with professional artists to create
Big love to Jar Jar Binks, who is his favorite Star
ensemble-based live performance centered
Wars character of all time.
in and around New Prague, Minnesota. We
are committed to being a positive force
for high-quality theatrical performance TOM KARKI (WRECKER/PAPA ANTONELLI)
and arts education. We train and work Tom is thrilled to be returning for his fifth season
under a great and spirited legacy: the with DalekoArts. A graduate of the University of
rich artistic heritage of the Midwest.
MinnesotaDuluth, he has performed numerous
theatre and opera roles across the country. His
favorites include: Norbert in The Great American
OUR VISION Trailer Park Musical, Baker in Into the Woods,
Melania in I Love Trump! the Musical, Don
DalekoArts will be a known destination for Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Anatoly in Chess,
quality performing arts and education in and Tad in Bright Lights, Big City. Tom would like
New Prague and the surrounding southern to thank his family and friends for their constant
metropolitan communities. love and support; especially his wife, Chris, and his
awesome son, Deven!
DalekoArts was founded in 2012 by theatre Lauri is a Twin Cities-based performer and chore-
artists Ben Thietje and Amanda White as a ographer. Choreography credits include Shrek the
way to help decentralize professional theatre Musical (Lyric Arts); La Cage Aux Folles (Chicago
in Minnesota. area); COMPANY (Shoot the Glass Theater); and
Anything Goes (Lyric Arts, July 2017). Lauri was
New Prague was chosen as the companys also choreographer for DalekoArts Stones in His
home due to the communitys extraordinary Pockets. Local performing credits include Theatre
interest in theatre, the regional growth and Latt Da, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra,
development it has experienced in the last Skylark Opera, Artistry and Lyric Arts. Previously,
decade, its relative proximity to the Twin she performed in Washington, D.C. and Chicago,
Cities, and its close ties to the founders. and toured nationally in A Chorus Line.
Dalekoa Czech word meaning far
awayreflects New Pragues strong RYAN LEE (WRECKER/BOBBY PERILLO)
bohemian roots, its spatial relationship to the Alongside acting, Ryan has been writing,
cultural hub that is the Twin Cities, and the recording, and performing music as an original
ensembles desire to step back and examine singer/songwriter for the past 15 years. He
the world from a new point of view. performs regularly, has toured nationally and
released five albums as an independent artist.
DalekoArts is a proud member of Theatre Favorite productions as an actor include A
Communications Group and the Network of Christmas Carole Petersen, Woody Guthries
Ensemble Theaters. American Song, Arcadia, Arsenic & Old Lace,
1940s Radio Hour, Lost in Yonkers, and A
Midsummer Nights Dream. This is his first
This activity is made possible production with DalekoArts and he is absolutely
by the voters of Minnesota thrilled to be part of this wonderful team!
through a grant from the
Prairie Lakes Regional Arts MATT MCNABB (DIRECTOR)
Council, thanks to a legislative Matt is honored to work with the wonderful
appropriation from the Arts people at DalekoArts! He previously designed
and Cultural Heritage Fund. lights for The Odd Couple, Almost, Maine,
Proof, and Urinetown. He also directed Always...

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Patsy Cline. Matt is an active director, lighting CLIMB Theatre. You can see Armando next in
designer, and actor throughout the Twin Cities. Lyric Arts Anything Goes from July 14August 6!
In 2013, he was named a resident director at
Lyric Arts Company of Anoka. Many thanks to SARAH SALISBURY (PROPS DESIGNER)
this wonderful group of actors, musicians, and Sarah is thrilled to be back for her second show
designers! Enjoy the show! with Daleko (Stones in His Pockets)! Sarah also
does props for Illusion Theater, Walking Shadow
CALLIE MEINERS (STAGE MANAGER) Theatre Company, and Hennepin Theater
Callie is a theatre artist based out of Minneapolis. Trust. Besides that, Sarah stage manages for
She primarily works as a director, and was Rhythmically Speaking, Eclectic Edge Ensemble,
fortunately coaxed into coming out of stage and Alternative Motion Project. She also is the
management retirement to work with Daleko. Production Manager of Illusion Theater, as well as
Callie has previously stage managed for Walking the Haunted Basement.
Shadow Theater Company, BOOM Theater, and
Hope Theater Company. Thanks to her amazing ANTHONY J SOFIE (MUSICAL DIRECTOR)
friends and family for their support, and to Ben Anthony is excited to return to DalekoArts,
and Amanda for this amazing opportunity. where he has music directed Urinetown, Forever
Plaid, Little Shop of Horrors, and AlwaysPatsy
JACK PIRNER (PERCUSSION) Cline, as well as taking the stage as Dino in
Jack is studying biology at the University of the Main Street Holiday shows. Anthony is
Minnesota, where he is involved in the jazz active in the Twin Cities metro area as a music
program. He is thrilled to be playing his fourth director, accompanist, vocal coach, conductor
show with DalekoArts; the first three were and dialect coach. As a singer and actor, he has
Little Shop of Horrors, Always...Patsy Cline, and performed with the Dale Warland Singers, St. Paul
Urinetown. Chamber Orchestra Chorale, Minnesota Opera,
Minneapolis Musical Theatre and Chameleon
ADAM RAINE (LIGHTING DESIGNER) Theatre Circle. He currently serves as music
Adam received his MFA from the University director at St. Annes Episcopal Church and music
of Missouri-Kansas City in 2015 and has been director and accompanist for Park Center High
working around the Twin Cities for the past School in Brooklyn Park.
three years. This is his second production with
DalekoArts (The Shape of Things), and he is very KEVIN SPRINGER (SOUND DESIGNER)
excited to be working on this project. For more Kevin was born and raised in Litchfield,
information, visit Minnesota and is a recent graduate of the Theatre
Design and Technology program at the University
JANE RAINE (SCENIC DESIGNER) of Minnesota. Recent work includes the sound
Jane is a freelance Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist design for Dutchman and The Owl Answers for
based in the Twin Cities. Some of her favorite Penumbra Theatre Company, A Christmas Carole
designs include Wait Until Dark for DalekoArts, Petersen with Theater Latt Da, and Dinner at
Frankie & Johnny... for Casting Spells Productions, Eight with Minnesota Opera.
Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) for
Lakeshore Players Theater, and Christmas in the MADELINE SUNDHEIM (LITTLE GIRL)
Airwaves for LyricArts. Jane is glad to be joining Madeline is delighted to making her DalekoArts
DalekoArts for a second season and excited to debut! Madelines recent theater credits include
help bring this story to life. Shed like to thank Cinderella (Childrens Theatre Company); A
her husband Adam for his unending support. Christmas Story, The Musical (Ordway); Fiddler On The Roof (Bielke, Artistry); The Lion, the Witch
and the Wardrobe (Lucy Pevensie, Open Window
ARMANDO HARLOW RONCONI Theatre); Disneys Mary Poppins ( Jane Banks,
St. Anthony Community Theater); Annie ( July,
(WRECKER/DANNY) Lakeshore Players); JosephTechnicolor Dreamcoat
Armando is thrilled to be making his DalekoArts
(Black Dirt Theater). Madeline has danced with
debut as one of the Wreckers in The Rink. He
Ballet Royale MN, Twin Cities Ballet and Studio
received his BA in Theatre Arts and minor
Vibe. Thanks to God, family, friends, and the cast
in dance at Marquette University. He is a
for their love and support.
founding member of The Summit Players, a
traveling ensemble dedicated to providing free
Shakespearean workshops and shows throughout BEN THIETJE (WRECKER/LENNY)
the Wisconsin state parks during the summer. Ben has been working as a professional theatre
Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2015, he has artist and educator in the Twin Cities metro
worked with Chameleon, Gadfly, Freshwater, and area for fifteen years. He teaches and directs

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theatre at New Prague High School, and holds High School, Sidekick Theater, Actors Theater of
a degree in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State MN, Stages Theatre, Hennepin Stages, Eye of the
University, Mankato. In addition to being Storm, and various other Twin Cities theaters. Sara
Dalekos Co-Artistic Director, hes appeared in the holds a BFA in Costume Design from
companys productions of The Odd Couple; Forever DePaul University.
Plaid; Almost, Maine; Rancho Mirage; Little Shop
of Horrors; Love Letters; Urinetown; and Stones in KEELY WOLTER (DIALECT COACH)
His Pockets in addition to serving as director for Keely holds an MA in Voice Studies from the
this seasons Snowed Inn. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in
London. She has served as a voice and accent
KAREN WEBER (ANNA) coach with HBO, the University of Minnesota/
Karen is very happy to be making her DalekoArts Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program, Jungle
debut with the talented cast and crew of The Rink. Theater, Childrens Theater Company, Old Log
Thanks to all for this wonderful opportunity. Theater, Walking Shadow Theater Company,
Representative Theater The History Theatre, Torch Theater, St. Olaf College, Lyric Arts Main
The Ordway Center, Park Square Theatre, Street Stage, and many others. Keely is also a
Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Bloomington member of VASTA, and a regular contributor
Civic Theatre, The Plymouth Playhouse, Troupe to the VASTA Voice publication. This is Keelys
America, Actors Theater of MN, Theater Latte second production with DalekoArts (Stones in
Da, Theatre in the Round, Gremlin Theatre, The His Pockets).
Playwrights Center, Illusion Theater, The Empty
Space Collective and Nautilus Music-Theater.
Favorite roles include Charlotte (A Little Night
Music), Margaret (The Light in the Piazza), Diana
(Next To Normal) Lucy (Jekyll and Hyde), Eva
Peron (Evita), Phyllis (Follies), the Witch (Into
the Woods), Suzy (Wait Until Dark), Fiona (How
the Other Half Loves), Nellie Bly (FireBall),
Rosa (Burning Patience), Jessica (Communicating
Doors), Meredith (Bat Boy, the Musical), Rosie
(Simpatico), The Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd),
and Maureen (To All Men Named Jackson).


Amanda is so proud to be a part of this talented
cast. She has directed Little Shop of Horrors,
Barefoot in the Park, and The Odd Couple for
DalekoArts. On the DA stage, shes played Family Rollerskating Center
Dorothy in Main Street Holiday, Tracy Lord in
The Philadelphia Story, Pam Caldwell in Rancho
Mirage, Catherine in Proof, and Miranda in

Adventures in Mating. Amanda was also recently
in Artistry MNs production of Doubt, directed by
Daleko favorite Joshua James Campbell. Amanda
is honored to be on the team at Normandale THOSE 292
Community College, where she is teaching in the
Performance track. She has trained at Columbia
Universitys Program in Arts Administration,
MSU Mankato, Truman State University, and the
School at Steppenwolf. Birthday
our specialty!
Sara is pleased to work with DalekoArts again,
having previously costumed Proof for the company.
Sara regularly designs costumes for Old Log
Theater, most recently Savannah Sipping Society,
Million Dollar Quartet, and Reluctant Dragon. She 201 S River Ridge Circle
has also costumed productions of The River, The Burnsville, MN 55337
Christians, The Coward, and Gabriel at Walking
Shadow Theatre, as well as shows at DeLaSalle

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