Sioux Center arts director enjoys theater

Bringing to town touring artists like Tonic Sol-Fa, planning drama clubs and hosting the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre are just some of the exciting art opportunities in the works for the new Sioux Center arts director Kate Henreckson.

SIOUX CENTER—Bringing to town touring artists like Tonic Sol-Fa, planning drama clubs and hosting the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre are just some of the exciting art opportunities in the works for the new Sioux Center arts director Kate Henreckson.

Henreckson, 33, started in the position this fall, after working as assistant to the previous arts director and directing the 2019 Summer Celebration musical, “Into the Woods.” She has also directed a Sioux Center High School production and performed as Belle in the Orange City Tulip Festival’s night show two years ago.

“I have really appreciated the way this job gives me the opportunity to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the broader Sioux Center community,” Henreckson said. “I am looking forward to getting to know our city better, and to learning how to best serve the community through my work as arts director.”

The Washington state native has been interest in the arts, particularly theater, since her childhood. She participated in many high school productions. After graduating college, she taught high school literature but also started directing high school theater.

Henreckson knew she wanted to get involved in theater after moving to Sioux Center three years ago.

“After doing the Tulip Festival show, I knew I wanted to continue to be involved in community theater but in Sioux Center,” she said, which led to her directing “Into the Woods.” “Along the way, I ended up assisting the previous arts director with some of her work.”

When the previous director, Suzie Doubet-Schuld, announced her retirement, Henreckson naturally applied.

“I really like this job because one aspect of the job is theater,” she said, noting she’ll continue to produce the community play for Summer Celebration.

Henreckson also loves dance and music. She’s used her talents to choreograph the musical “Oklahoma” in the past as well has been involved in various choirs.

“I’m an extrovert, love working with people,” she said. “I love that this job gives me the opportunity to meet people and make more connections in our community. I’ve made connections through Dordt and church but doing this work has allowed me to become a part of other communities such as the schools and connecting with parents.”

She wants to be thoughtful and deliberate about the best ways to use Sioux Center Arts funding.

“Part of my goal this fall is to evaluate in the past what’s worked well and maybe what hasn’t worked well,” she said. “I want to be intentional about what we do.”

She is excited to announce that the Emmy-winning a cappella group Tonic Sol-Fa will be performing 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at Dordt University.

Henreckson is looking forward to bringing additional touring artists to Sioux Center, including one she is particularly excited for in March, as well as preparing for the Summer Celebration show and finding new art and theater opportunities to bring to the community.

“The arts are such a unique way to bring people together,” she said. “They instill in us childlike wonder at the beauty of our world, and at the human capacity for creativity.”