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Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre, to appear on Guthrie stage

Posted by Beth Zaske on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012

Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre, has been acting and dancing since the age of four and appeared as a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz at Winona State University. She is now able to use her talents to live out one of her dreams: to act on the thrust stage at the Guthrie Theater. “Growing up, my mom would take the family to productions at the Guthrie and I have always dreamed of being on the thrust stage as a performer. I am very excited, honored, and proud to represent Morris and appear in a show at the Guthrie Theater.”

Bremer got the role after attending an open audition and will appear as the executive of the television studio in The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon. Directed by Gary Gisselman, The Sunshine Boys features Raye Birk and Peter Michael Goetz playing the one-time famous vaudeville comedy duo “Lewis and Clark.” Despite their comedic chemistry on stage, they are bitter enemies off stage. Shenanigans ensue when “Lewis and Clark” are coerced to reunite for a television comedy special.

As the television executive, Bremer’s responsibilities are to keep the television special rehearsal moving. She has much experience driving rehearsals as she annually directs a show at the University of Minnesota, Morris and has previously directed at the Barn Theatre in Willmar, Northern Lights Playhouse in Northern Wisconsin, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Winona State University, Winona Community Theatre, and Rushford Area Society of the Arts.

There were many new experiences in store for Bremer at the Guthrie, including work with a vocal coach and wig fittings. She also must go through security to get to rehearsal, costume and wig fittings, and the dressing rooms. Additionally, she has been closely watching the director, stage managers, and other professional actors closely to learn from them. “I hope to bring back much of my experience to share with students at Morris,” says Bremer.

Bremer is working with colleagues of previous productions, from costumers to the box office season ticket specialist, including a Morris alumna employed in the prop department.

The Sunshine Boys will run at the Guthrie through September 2, 2012. For show times and tickets please see the Guthrie Theater website.