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Bridges of Madison County

Francesca Johnson, an Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions to one of the famed covered bridges of Madison County, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca's life. Confronted with a bridge of her own to cross, will she return to the dreams she was forced to leave behind, or the life that helped her survive?

Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations.




August 19th at 7:00pm

August 20th at 7:00pm

August 21st at 2:00pm

August 26th at 7:00pm

August 27th at 7:00pm

August 28st at 2:00pm​

Tickets on sale for members July 18th.

Tickets on sale for general public August 1st. 


Bridges of Madison County is supported in part by a Spring 2022 Better Communities grant from Rochester Area Foundation. 



Francesca (age 35-45) - Carla Thelen Hanson

Robert Kincaid (age 40-50) - Mitch Gibson

Richard "Bud" Johnson (age 40-50) - Jake Ryan

Carolyn Johnson (age 14) - Meredith Nance

Michael Johnson (age 16) - Lucas Simonson

Marge (Age 45-60) - Rachel Rhody

Charlie (age 60-70) - John Shaffer

Marian (age 35-45) - Audrey Rinkoski

Ensemble - Simon Boyum, Emily Haugen, Eron Yobu Godi, Merle Savage


Samantha Ryan, Artistic Director

Pam Allan, Stage Manager

Jake Ryan, Set Design and construction

Janet Roeder, Light Manager

Marann Faget, Costume Designer

Marilyn Yennie,Music Director

Melissa Adams-Goihl, Vocal Director


Samantha Ryan, Artistic Director

Sam has been a part of the Rochester theatre community for 8 years as a director, choreographer, actor, name it, she's probably done it. Currently she is serving as Board President for That Theatre Company, of which she is also a founding member. Sam holds a BA in Theatre Arts and has studied theatre abroad in London and Dublin. Past directing credits include Spitfire Grill and Godspell at Rochester Repertory Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, and Cinderella with Wits' End Theatre in Chatfield and she served as Century High School's musical director for 6 years. Bridges will be Sam's first production with Calliope and if she has it her way, it definitely won't be the last! Up next, you can see Sam in Mantorville designing the set and playing Emma in their fall musical Lizzie!

Pam Allan, Stage Manager

Pam Allan is a self-motivated, organized, and efficient Stage Manager who is able to work with directors, artistic staff, actors, and crew to ensure rehearsals and performances go smoothly.  Throughout her many years of theatre starting in 1998, she has been intimately involved in many aspects of a community theatre production, including stage managing over 30 shows and managing props for a similar number. With her strong problem solving skills, integrity and professionalism, she will be key player in making any project a success.


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Jake Ryan, Set Design and construction

Jake has been involved with local theatre for over a decade both on stage and as a set designer/tech director. He is dedicated towards pushing creative boundaries. Ever optimistic, he faces challenges head on, ready to make something that hasn't been done before.

Marilyn Yennie,Music Director

Marilyn is excited to be a part of this production after previously being the music director for Rochester Repertory Theatre's Spitfire Grill and Wit's End Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors. She holds a BA in clarinet performance, an MA in teaching, and is an active performer with various local ensembles including pit orchestras for many local musical productions in Rochester and surrounding communities, the Winona Municipal Band, the Rochester Community Band, and is the principal clarinetist for the Rochester Pops Orchestra. When she's not performing or directing, Marilyn is a music teacher for the Rochester Public School District. She'd like to thank the musicians for their time and talents, Sam Ryan for the opportunity to collaborate again, and her family and friends for their constant support and encouragement of her musical endeavors.

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Marann Faget, Costume Designer

Owner of Kookla's Design in Rochester, MN, Marann has extensive costuming credits internationally, nationally and within the SE MN region, including the Chios Civic Theatre in Greece, Bas Bleu Theatre, Windsor Community Playhouse of Denver, Austin Lyric Opera, Sam Bass Theatre, Storie Productions, One World Theatre, Zachary Scott Theater, and Oracle Theater. Locally, she was Resident Costume Designer at Rochester Community College from 1989-1995 and with Rochester Civic Theatre from 2007-2009. 

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