Herald Journal Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, April 15, 2002

Luvern Seifert enjoying professional acting career

By Lynda Jensen

Fame, glamour, and a regular paycheck found former resident Luvern Seifert, 40.

Seifert is enjoying a successful professional acting career, spending the past 10 years with the prestigious Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis.

Seifert graduated from Howard Lake-Waverly in 1979. He is a former Waverly resident.

Before his success, Seifert lived in closet-sized apartments on both coasts ­ New York City as well as Los Angeles ­ eking out a living, he said.

In short, he lived the actor's life, said HLWW teacher Dave Metcalf.

Seifert's travels started with his imagination in Metcalf's classroom, dreaming of professional acting.

Metcalf inspired him with his personal interest in each student, he said. "He puts his trust and faith in you, and pushes you," Seifert said.

Upon graduation, Seifert attended Augsburg College, graduating in theater. The sole reason he attended college was because of Metcalf, he said.

White attending Augsburg, he took part in several classic productions with other Augsburg students and graduates, including Ionesco, and Tennessee Williams.

In fact, Seifert met and married Darcey Engen, who is the theater instructor at Augsburg College today.

Currently, Engen is directing the production "Into the Woods," which features HLWW students Mike Kelley and Michele Confeld.

Into the Woods will play Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, and Thursday through Saturday, April 25 through 27 at 7 p.m., and Sundays April 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.

Once Seifert left Augsburg, he took part in several different stage ventures.

At one point, he remembers performing above a rowdy bar called the DeLisis in north Minneapolis, he said.

"You could hear fights and all kinds of stuff downstairs," he said. Once, the theater troupe above the bar was asked to quiet down, he said.

From there, Seifert spent time in New York City, and then Los Angeles, taking classes. He did not perform there, however.

Seifert also worked for a short time at the World Trade Center.

When he returned from LA, Seifert performed at various Minneapolis theater productions, such as Red Eye Collaboration and the Children's Theatre.

His first paid performance was the role of Jacques Prevaire in Children of Paradise, he said.

His taste ranges in the "eccentric" line of work, he said. A sample of his other shows include the Three Muskateers, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Tartuffe.

Minneapolis is actually a mecca of the arts and theater, since it ranks third in the nation in theatrical opportunities, behind New York and Seattle, Metcalf said.

Seifert also performed as part of the Frank Theatre, in a dark comedy called Machinal, as well as performances at the Eye of the Storm theater troupe in Minneapolis.

His favorite role was playing a singing gravedigger in the production of Hamlet, Seifert said.

Seifert started at the Jeune Lune theater troupe in 1992, and ended a 10 year stint with the company recently. Nowadays, he plays with Jeune Lune part time, and pursues work with the Shawn McConnelog dance company.

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