The 2017 Tulip Court (L-R): Emma De Jong, Olivia Duesenberg, Queen Karli Lang, Sydnee Olson & Noelle Sampson
Karli Lang was crowned the 2017 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday, Nov. 14. Karli will reign over the 77th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 18, 19 and 20, 2017.
A senior at MOC-FV in Orange City, Karli is the daughter of Chris and Sherry Lang.
Karli is joined on the 2017 Tulip Court by court members Emma De Jong, daughter of Douglas and Jamie De Jong; Olivia Duesenberg, daughter of Gary and Rachel Duesenberg; Sydnee Olson, daughter of Jody and Denene Nibbelink and Chad and Amanda Olson; and Noelle Sampson, daughter of Brent and Teresa Sampson.
Karli and her court members spent Monday afternoon interviewing with judges Kelsi Salava, Jim Plagge and Dan Breen.
A pageant was held for the public in the evening. Each of the candidates answered questions on various topics and gave an individual presentation. Karli was crowned queen as a conclusion to the evening.
Karli and her court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several media and public appearances.
The Tulip Festival Steering Committee has announced the annual Night Show musical production for May 17-20, 2017, as Shrek the Musical.
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.
Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.
“We are thrilled to be co-directing this new musical,” comments Gail Marincovich and Todd McDonald, 2017 Night Show co-directors. “Shrek the Musical is fun, entertaining, and unique, and has a relevant message for people of ALL ages.”
Marincovich and McDonald are joined in the leadership of the 2017 Night Show by Melody De Wit, music director, and Todd Vande Griend, producer.
The cast of Shrek the Musical will consist of approximately 20-30 people. Auditions for the Night Show will take place on Jan. 11, 12, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Jan. 14, 2017, from 9 to 11 a.m. All auditions will take place at a site to be announced. Those wishing to try-out do not need to prepare any material prior to the auditions. Auditions are open to those in high school and adults of all ages.
Tickets for the Night Show will go on sale for $20 each on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office.
The show times are Wed May 17-Saturday May 20 at 8:00 pm.
Shrek the Musical is based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.
Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www. MTIShows.com
The Tulip Festival Steering Committee has revealed the theme for the 2017 celebration as “A Tribute to Tulips.” The event, set for May 18-20, will be Orange City’s 77th annual Tulip Festival.
In determining a theme for the upcoming festival, Jeff and Renee Guthmiller, co-chairpersons of the 2017 Steering Committee, wanted to emphasize the significance and long-standing history of tulips to the annual event. “When thinking of Tulip Festival, it’s hard not have tulips at the forefront of your mind,” says Jeff. “No matter how many tulips are in bloom during the festival, they are a significant part of our celebration. Thus, the theme for the 2017 festival is ‘A Tribute to Tulips.’”
The history of tulips and the annual celebration dates back to May 1933, when Orange City’s Lawn and Garden Club, Women’s Club and Lions Club co-sponsored a tulip show and contest. Orange City’s first official Tulip Festival, which included 40,000 to 50,000 tulips in addition to new events, was held in May 1936.
Today, an estimated 50,000 tulip bulbs in more than 50 varieties are planted in Orange City each year.
Plans are well under way for next year’s Tulip Festival, and the Steering Committee encourages community members of all ages to consider joining the event in one of many volunteer opportunities.
The 2017 Tulip Queen Pageant will be held Monday, Nov. 14 at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for all attendees, regardless of age or whether they choose to vote.
Candidates for the 2017 Tulip Queen include: Emma De Jong, daughter of Douglas and Jamie De Jong; Olivia Duesenberg, daughter of Gary and Rachel Duesenberg; Karli Lang, daughter of Chris and Sherry Lang; Sydnee Olson, daughter of Jody and Denene Nibbelink and Chad and Amanda Olson; and Noelle Sampson, daughter of Brent and Teresa Sampson.
Tulip Queen candidates will give presentations on Orange City and will be interviewed by both the judges and emcees of the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the 2017 Tulip Queen during the pageant. The 2017 Tulip Queen will be crowned as a conclusion to the event.
The 2017 Tulip Festival Night Show production will also be announced at the event.
Orange City’s 2017 Tulip Court (L-R): Karli Lang, Noelle Sampson, Emma De Jong, Sydnee Olson and Olivia Duesenberg
Orange City’s 2017 Tulip Court was elected on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.
Tulip Court members for the 77th annual Tulip Festival include: Emma De Jong, daughter of Douglas and Jamie De Jong; Olivia Duesenberg, daughter of Gary and Rachel Duesenberg; Karli Lang, daughter of Chris and Sherry Lang; Sydnee Olson, daughter of Jody and Denene Nibbelink and Chad and Amanda Olson; and Noelle Sampson, daughter of Brent and Teresa Sampson.
A Queen’s Tea and Pageant will be held on November 14 to crown the 2017 Tulip Queen. The Queen and Court will serve as ambassadors for Orange City’s 77th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 18-20, 2017.
The 2017 Tulip Court Election will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.
Voting for the 2017 Tulip Court will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. at Stadscentrum, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street North in Orange City.
Eligible voters are adults with an Orange City address and 7th through 12th grade students at MOC-Floyd Valley, Orange City Christian School and Unity Christian High School.
The 2017 Tulip Court will be announced after 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Candidate eligibility and general questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510.
509 8th St SE
Orange City, IA 51041