Mackenzie Dehmer to present Friday vocal concert

Mackenzie Dehmer headshotMackenzie Dehmer will present a vocal music concert titled, “Things They Taught Me,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 within the Shari Flaming for the Arts on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

She agreed to perform after soprano Jamie Reimer needed to withdraw because of illness.

Mackenzie Dehmer describes her concert as a night of song featuring music that has impacted her over the years — either through roles she’s played or shows that her father, Tabor vocal director Gregory Zielke, has directed.

She received her Master of Arts in Theatre from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre from the Conservatory at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where she appeared in productions such as “Most Happy Fella” (Rosabella) and “Pirates of Penzance.”

Dehmer has performed at many Kansas City venues, such as Union Station City Stage, Theatre in the Park, Musical Theatre Heritage and the Barn Players Theatre. Favorite Kansas City roles include Jo in “Little Women,” Florence in “Chess,” Fran in “Promises, Promises,” Elsa in “The Sound of Music” and Maureen in “Rent.

For nine years Dehmer was the director of the musical theatre program at Grace University, where she taught classes and voice lessons, directed 11 fully staged productions and created and directed 10 cabaret showcases.

Since moving back to Omaha, she has worked with the Blue Barn Theatre: Heather Chandler in “Heathers: The Musical,” which earned her a TAG Nomination) and with the Omaha Community Playhouse playing the Narrator in “Murder Ballad,and Fiona in “Shrek: The Musical” — both of which earned her the Fonda-McGuire Award. Most recently she played Francesca in “The Bridges of Madison County,” for which she won a Best Actress award and an Omaha Arts and Entertainment nomination.

Dehmer currently works as the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy Director at the Omaha Community Playhouse and also serves as an adjudicator for the Omaha Performing Arts High School Theatre Awards program.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students.