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LTC Theater Performing Aida

Theater director Barbara Shimer has announced details for the upcoming production of the Lincoln Trail College Production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, it is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people. Aida and Radames’ love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. With an unforgettable score, featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida is a modern crowd-pleaser.

Under the musical direction of Sandra Nichols, Tara Gallion, acclaimed for her roles in Into the Woods and Les Misérablés, will play the Nubian princess, Aida,. Robinson High School senior Kelsey McDaniel, will play Amneris, the daughter of Pharoah. A newcomer to the LTC stage, Justin Janney, will play Radames, the Egyptian captain, betrothed to Amneris but who finds himself falling in love with Aida. Ryan Mikeworth will play Radames’ young Nubian slave Mereb, while Bailey Flath plays Nehebka, a Nubian slave who befriends Aida. The evil, manipulative chief minister, Zoser, will be played by Levi Whigham. Tom Moore will take on the role of Amonasro, Aida’s father and Ken Martin is the Pharoah. Company roles will be filled by a group of strong performers including Taliyah Batchelor, Vickie Becker, Chuck Bennett, Tori Cheesman, Annily Condon, Kandle Dart, Amy Drake, Mindy Evans, Abigail Fathauer, Chris Forde, Sarah Kennedy, Leslie Loftis, Sabrina Malone, Brian Manhart, Ben McCullough, Abigail Metheny, Heather Moore, Jessica Moore, Ryan Pinkston, Emma Short, Dennis Steckley, Jade Tatom, Gracie Trowbridge, Lauren Wagoner, Isaac Wilson and Alan Wiseman.

Performances are scheduled for March 16-17 and 23-24 at 7 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m. Performing Arts Angels are invited to an opening night reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Room of the Zwermann Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and go on sale February 26. They can be reserved by contacting the Performing Arts office 618-544-8657 ext. 1433 between the hours of 12-5 Monday –Thursday and 12-4 Friday. However, the Performing Arts office will be closed March 5-9 for LTC’s spring break.

For over forty years, the LTC Performing Arts Department has presented the best in musical and dramatic productions. Learn more at Lincoln Trail College is an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College. Visit them online at

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