Bethel's Dessert Theatre Presents "Leaving Iowa."

Childhood memories. Family vacations. Come laugh and be reminded of your family road trips at Bethel College’s 19th annual Dessert Theatre on June 1, 2, 7, 8 at 8 p.m., and June 2 at 2 p.m. located in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium.

“Leaving Iowa” is the story of Don Browning, who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual torturous vacations of his childhood.

Tickets are on sale now. Call 574.807.7080, Mon.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. or purchase online at The cost is $18 for adults and $16 for seniors for the play and dessert. Show only tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The play will start at 8 p.m. each evening and 2  p.m. at the matinee on June 2. Dessert begins at 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. for the matinee.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.