The Musical Man

Victor Pannke


Cassidy Grubbe

Pannke starred as the hilarious and eccentric “Pop” in The Pajama Game.

The fine arts are alive and well here at Marian. Over the past few years, the theater department has put on amazing productions, from whimsical musicals like   Once Upon a Mattress, to classic Shakespearean comedies like Twelfth Night. Although these productions are very different, they had one thing in common: Victor Pannke.

Pannke, a senior this year, has been heavily involved in the fine arts at Marian for the past four years. (insert quote from a director about character or work ethic that I will get tomorrow morning).  He has participated in the variety show, fall plays, and winter musicals; Pannke has not only been a part of many productions, he has also been involved in a wide aspect of roles, from working backstage in Honeymoon at Graveside Manner, acting as “Pop” in The Pajama Game, and playing the trombone in the jazz band, pep band, and concerts. “The theater is so great because it’s opened for everyone.”, Pannke commented  while reminiscing about his experiences, “As long as you have an open mind, there is a place for everyone.”

When asked his favorite production to be a part of, Pannke responded with You Can’t Take it with You,  a comedic play the department put on in 2016 in which he played the character Donald. “I loved that show because it was so hilarious; I even got  to eat on stage.”, commented Pannke.

When talking with Pannke, his love of the theater and passion for the art form are clear. “Theater is a home, where you can be who you really are.”, explains  Pannke. He hopes to continue his career in theater at Bradley University, where he plans to study computer science, with a focus in game design.