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– Photo courtesy of the Central Iowa Department of Music and Drama

Emma Anderson couldn’t describe her enthusiasm for being a part of the next Iowa Central play on a normal scale.

No, the Manson native had another number.

“If I measured my arousal on a scale of 1 to 10, I would probably be somewhere around four billion,” Anderson said. “I’m so happy to be able to sing and play. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to have a musical in my last year of high school, and we obviously couldn’t have one last year, so I still have hopes that this musical makes up for these. missed opportunities. “

Anderson, who is also a member of the Iowa Central Concert Choir, will play the role of the mayor of a small town in Who’s Dying to be a Millionaire.

Spending her freshman year in college while going through a pandemic only helped Anderson grow up.

“It was really hard for me” she said. “I struggled a lot with online classes and zoom calls, but now I am grateful that I can have a real college experience starting this semester without all the hassle and panic.”

From attending religious events as a child to high school, where she was involved in drama and speech, Anderson says she always has “Put me in there”.

“I played roles such as The Evil Stepmother, Snoopy, the Genie in Aladdin and an eccentric swordsman for my high school plays and musicals,” Anderson said. “I was also able to go to All-State for a high school speech, radio broadcast, One-Act Play, spontaneous speech, and review.”

In Iowa Central now, Anderson takes it all and learns under Teresa Jackson, who will direct the musical.

“Honestly, being in Ms. Jackson’s class has been a joy and an honor,” Anderson said. “I have learned so much and it fosters a great and fun learning environment. His acting classes are the best.

Who’s Dying to Be a Millionaire takes place October 6-9 at the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Campus.

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