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66th Annual Nykerk Cup Competition
Will Be Saturday, Nov. 11

Posted October 31, 2000

HOLLAND -- Hope College will host its 66th annual Nykerk Cup competition on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Holland Civic Center, located at 150 E. Eighth St.

The event, one of a variety of activities scheduled during the college's Parents' Weekend, will feature more than 325 members of the freshman and sophomore classes competing in song, play (drama) and oration. The participating classes this year are the freshman Class of '04 and the sophomore Class of '03.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The competition is named in honor of the originator of the program, John Nykerk, a professor, college dean and founder of the Hope College department of music. The event is continuously staged before a large audience.

The sophomore song will be "Medley from Sister Act," arranged by Mac Huff and adapted by sophomore Jessica Davis of Plainwell and senior Cheri Stibitz of Ludington. The sophomore song will be coached by Stibitz and senior Jill Spalding of Brighton. Davis will be the accompanist.

The sophomore morale coaches are seniors Kyle Bloemers of Holland, Garett Childs of Breckenridge and Joe Gavin of Lakeport.

The freshman song will be "On the Sunny Side of the Street," arranged by Ron Caviani with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and music by Jimmy McHugh. The coaches for the freshmen are juniors Jodi DeHaan of Mason and Megan Zeneberg of Roscommon. Freshman Becky Byker of Grandville will provide accompaniment.

The freshman song morale coaches are juniors Pat Kinne of Syracuse, N.Y., and Jake Van Pernis of Ashland, Wis.

The sophomore play will be "What Can I Say? There Is No Play?," written and coached by seniors Jodi Kurtze of Elkhart, Ind., and Sarah Pedley of Essexville.

The morale coaches for Odd-Year play are seniors Andrew Lotz of Sioux City, Iowa, Jeff Petkus of Bellflower, Calif., and Dave Van Der Laan of Lombard, Ill.

The freshman play is "Rowdy Kate," written by Claire Boiko. It is adapted and coached by juniors Lindsay Maharg of Cass City and Erin Wysocki of Plymouth.

The freshman play morale coaches are juniors Charles Kroll of Caledonia, Ian Samson of Clinton Township, and Matthew Stehle of Pittsburgh, Pa.

This year's oration theme is "Silent Strength." The sophomore orator will be Kristin Tiscornia of Geneseo, N.Y. She will be coached by seniors Laura Roelofs of Hudsonville and Tracy Summerer of Kalamazoo.

The freshman orator will be Leslie Skaistis of Bloomfield Hills. She will be coached by juniors Heather Dustin of Houston, Texas, and Briony Peters of Menominee.

The general chair of Nykerk is senior Jennifer McKenna of East Lansing. Serving as general chair-elect is junior Renee Mursch of San Antonio, Texas. The senior treasurer is Kirsten Slotten of Grand Ledge. The junior treasurer is Lori Brown of Cass City.

Lara Alderman of Maple City is the senior publicity chair. The junior publicity chair is Marta Liang of Fairview, Ill. The secretary for the 66th annual Nykerk Cup competition is junior Erin Peet of Traverse City. Senior Rachel Miller of Sioux City, Iowa, is the production coordinator.

The weekend will feature several other performances and presentations in addition to the Nykerk Cup competition.

The Hope College Wind Symphony and Hope College Orchestra will perform in concert on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, located on College Avenue at 12th Street. Admission is free.

The Knickerbocker Theatre will show the Chinese film "Shower" on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11, as well as on Monday-Thursday, Nov. 13-16, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly. The film is rated PG-13, and tickets are $5 for regular adult admission and $4 for senior citizens and students.

Hope College Theatre will open its production of "Steel Pier" on Friday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m. in the main theatre of the DeWitt Center main theatre, located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The play will continue at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 15- 18. Tickets are $7 for regular adult admission, $5 for Hope faculty and staff, and $4 for senior citizens and students, and will be available in the theatre lobby ticket office of the DeWitt Center. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and may be called at (616) 395-7890.

The men's and women's swimming teams will host Albion College on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. in Kresge Natatorium of the Dow Center, located on 13th Street at Columbia Avenue. Admission is free.

On Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m., the Faculty Recital Series will present a concert featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Willson Osborne, Henry Purcell, Luciano Berio and Ludwig van Beethoven. The recital will be held in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music, located between College and Columbia avenues along the former 12th Street. Admission is free.

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