The Master Butchers Singing Club

The Master Butchers Singing Club
September 11 - October 30, 2010
Wurtele Thrust Stage

Adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Marsha Norman from the best-selling novel by Louise Erdrich, The Master Butchers Singing Club chronicles the intersecting lives of German immigrant and butcher Fidelis and sideshow performer Delphine as they settle into the small town of Argus, North Dakota. Bookended by the two World Wars and set against a tapestry of song, this moving story traces the bond between a mother and her child, the boundless friendship between two women, and one’s life-changing discovery of true love.

The Master Butchers Singing Club is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award.

Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial 




Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater
VIDEO: Director Francesca Zambello talks about bringing creating the show
VIDEO: Director Francesca Zambello discusses the cast
VIDEO: Author Louise Erdrich talks about the upcoming production

Run time

2 hours 37 minutes including one intermission


 Step and a Half
Sheila Tousey
Fidelis Waldvogel Lee Mark Nelson
Delphine Watzka
Emily Gunyou Halaas
Eva Waldvogel
Katie Guentzel
 Cyprian Lazarre
Charlie Brady
M. Cochise Anderson
     Markus Waldvogel
Nicholas Saxton
Franz Waldvogel
Ryan McCartan
Doctor Heech Peter Thomson
Roy Watzka Terry Hempleman
Clarisse Stubbs
Tracey Maloney
Sheriff Hock
Bill McCallum
Jennifer Blagen
Maeve Moynihan
Karl Jake Ingbar
     Young People of Argus
Sean Cackoski
Rebecca Hurd
Logan Pedersen


Artistic Staff

Developed and
Directed by
Francesca Zambello
 Set Designer
David Korins
Costume Designer
Jess Goldstein
Lighting Designer
Mark McCullough
 Sound Designers Rob Milburn
Michael Bodeen
Music Supervision and
Incidental Music
Kevin Stites
 Dramaturg Jo Holcomb
Voice and Dialect Coach
Lucinda Holshue
Marcela Lorca
Fight Director
Peter Moore
Production Stage Manager
Russell W. Johnson
Assistant Stage Managers Jason Clusman
Michele Harms
 Associate Director
Jason Snow

Photo Gallery

production photos by Michal Daniel