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After a long gray winter, who does not want a little more sunshine in their life? This spring, the Muscatine Community College (MCC) theatre department will provide just that in their production of Little Miss Sunshine. With its cast of talented actors portraying larger than life characters, outrageously funny script, and upbeat score, Little Miss Sunshine offers a fresh look at musical theatre comedy.
To wrap up MCC’s family themed theatre season, director Alyssa Oltmanns knew the musical Little Miss Sunshine would make an ideal choice. Based on the film of the same name, Little Miss Sunshine explores the life of a dysfunctional family as its youngest member competes in a beauty pageant. While certainly a comedy, Little Miss Sunshine also explores difficult family issues with a humorous touch. As Oltmanns put it, “theatre entertains, but also teaches us about our real lives.” A recent musical (it first opened in 2011) Little Miss Sunshine also offers a new take on what a comedy musical can look like, while still retaining all the joy and excitement musical lovers crave.
The student actors putting on Little Miss Sunshine feel as confident as their director that their show will resonate with the community. Madison Sloan, a freshman at MCC playing Sheryl Hoover, the mother of the family, said she would recommend the show, “if you want a good laugh [or] if you want to make your family look a little better,” acknowledging that much of the comedy comes from the mishaps and family drama the Hoovers find themselves in.
MCC’s Little Miss Sunshine will run from Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th with shows at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Located in MCC’s Little Theatre, tickets cost $10 for adults at the door. Students of any school and MCC faculty may attend for free with valid ID. Due to language and dark themes, Oltmanns recommends this show for adults only.

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