"A local area theater group known as “Lighthouse Theater Productions” will present Pollyanna on April 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. at the Central Square Historic Auditorium in Glenwood. Tickets are available at the door. Opening night is "Feed the Hungry" night with admission being a donation of one item for the food shelf plus $1 for Kids Against Hunger.
This theatrical adaptation of Eleanor Porter's book, Pollyanna, and David Swift's screenplay for Disney, was written by area playwright, Cindy Burgess of Starbuck. Burgess and her daughter, Cassie Blair of Morris, are co-producers and directors.
Seventy-two adults, teens, and children from Villard, Lowry, Glenwood, Starbuck, Morris and Hancock tell the story of a 1912 town affected by the tyranny of fear and gossip. With the help of one young girl, this town learns to look for the good in life and in each other. When tragedy strikes, together they learn what is really important."
"Central Square Cultural and Civic Center in Glenwood will present a stage version of It’s a Wonderful Life, which is based on the popular holiday movie staring Jimmy Stewart.
The production will be performed by the Lighthouse Theater Company, and will feature a cast of 68 homeschoolers, parents and adults from the Pope, Douglas and Stevens county area.
Performances are set for Friday, December 11 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.
The play was adapted and is directed by Jan Nieland of Starbuck.
It's a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey and his family and friends who populate Bedford Falls.
Bailey learns that every life is valuable when he has a chance to see what his hometown would be like had he never been born.
The play is humorous, moving and includes music and dancing.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 years of age and younger.
For reserved seating, call the Central Square office at (320) 634-0400 or toll-free at 1-866-497-0400.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
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It's A Wonderful Life - Trailer
It's a Wonderful Life part 1, from youtube.com It's a Wonderful Life part 8
*towards end of part 8-banker tries to tempted George into being paid more money $$ It's a Wonderful Life part 10, from youtube.com
*financial worries! It's a Wonderful Life part 11, from youtube.com
*mental breakdown! It's a Wonderful Life
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..is a 1946 American drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra and loosely based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern.
The film takes place in the fictional town of Bedford Falls shortly after World War II and stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve gains the attention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) who is sent to help him in his hour of need. Much of the film is told through flashbacks spanning George's entire life and narrated by Franklin and Joseph, unseen Angels who are preparing Clarence for his mission to save George. Through these flashbacks we see all the people whose lives have been touched by George and the difference he has made to the community in which he lives.
The film is regarded as a classic and is a staple of Christmas television around the world, although, due to its high production costs and stiff competition at the box office, financially, it was considered a "flop." The film's break-even point was actually $6.3 million, approximately twice the production cost, a figure it never came close to achieving in its initial release. An appraisal in 2006 reported: "Although it was not the complete box-office failure that today everyone believes … it was a major disappointment and confirmed, at least to the studios, that Capra was no longer capable of turning out the populist features that made his films the must-see, money-making events they once were."
It's a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Oscars without winning any, but the film has since been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, and placed number one on their list of the most inspirational American films of all time....
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Life-Meaning, Natural Gifts-Talents-Skills, Plan, Purpose?
H.O.M.E. Drama is presenting a "whodunit" production called Mayhem in Mayville on May 13 and 14 at Central Square in Glenwood. Reservations are required for this play due to limited seating.
Mayhem in Mayville -- part 1
"Part one of a comedic "Whodunit" called Mayhem in Mayville, performed by GPCHE's (a homeschool group) highschool class in 2007. "
Amy Carmichael: MISSIONS DRAMA Monologue
"Fifty area home-school drama students will present Hitch Your Wagon to a Star, a story of faith, love and courage in the midst of life’s trials.
Set in Colorado in the 1870s, this two-hour musical comedy is full of American history. Throughout the play, the characters learn the value of family, friends and total trust in God.
Home-school students from the Alexandria area involved in the production of Hitch Your Wagon to a Star include (back row, left to right) Andrew Trumble, Jenina Cole, Mitchell Trumble, Melyssa Trumble, Micah Cole; (front row, left to right) Molly Trumble, Abbie Kaufenberg, Amanda Trumble and Calah Cole.
Hitch Your Wagon to a Star was written by local playwright and home-school mom, Cindy Burgess.
Performances are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, February 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, February 16 at 2 p.m.
Evening performance tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and younger. Saturday matinee tickets are $3 for all seats.
All performances will be held in the Central Square Auditorium in Glenwood.
For questions about performances, call (320) 239-4141."
When? Friday, November 11th @7pm, November 12th @2p & 7p
What? Theatre presentation by local west-central Minnesota homeschool students
Where? Central Square in Glenwood, MN
Info: Directed by Jan Neiland of Starbuck, MN
"The Morris Area One Act Play cast will present an encore performance of their section-winning play “Lysistrata Interruptae” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Proscenium Theatre at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
The Morris Area production placed first in the sub-section competition last week, then was a unanimous winner in its Class A section contest this week.
The cast performed in the state One Act Play Fesival at O’Shaugnessy Theatre on Friday. No results of the cast’s state performance were available when the Sun Tribune went to press Friday afternoon. It was Morris Area’s first trip to state since 2004.
The Class AA and Class A competitions are Thursday and Friday in the the 61st annual Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Festival.
The annual festival is not a competition, with each production will be judged and publicly critiqued immediately following each performance.
Each cast attempts to achieve an exceptional rating known as a "starred performance."
“Lysistrata Interruptae” was conceived by the Morris Area students and Johnson after learning of another Minnesota One Act cast encountering censorship of its performance of “Lysistrata.” The students all contributed to the script, which was written with the help of Morris poet and authoer, Athena Kildegaard.
This was Morris Area’s 12th state performance, and the school earned starred performance rankings in 1963, 1978, 1999, 2000 and 2004."
"See what people thought of the Raise The Praise concert performed by the ALTAR BOYZ at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. ALTAR BOYZ in Chanhassen, Minnesota!, from youtube.com "See the BOYZ perform during their Raise the Praise concert at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! "
"Highlights from Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' Summer 2012 Production of Xanadu, playing thru September 29th, 2012. Tickets and information at www.chanhassendt.com.
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com European: Greece Outreach Xanadu (film)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "...is a 1980 romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and directed by Robert Greenwald. The title is a reference to the nightclub in the film, which takes its name from Xanadu, the summer capital of Kublai Khan's Yuan Dynasty in China. This city appears in Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a poem that is quoted in the film. The film's plot was inspired by 1947's Down to Earth. A stage musical based on the film—also named Xanadu—opened in 2007 on Broadway...
Xanadu Movie Trailer
Xanadu - Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra (Blydez)
"It's 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire - to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power and the help of a crazy cast of characters, to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do! This production features hits such as "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," "You Can't Stop the Beat," and "Good Morning Baltimore." Don't miss Hairspray, Broadway's musical-comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. " "Enjoy a short, sweet and sassy song and dance sampling of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' newest Main Stage production of "Hairspray" now playing through January 28, 2012!"
"Hairspray" at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
*UMM Alumn connection-Nate Metcalf 95'
Referred through... UMM alum realizes a dream with victory on ‘Jeopardy!’ game show
Morris Sun Tribune
Published Wednesday, March 07, 2007
By Crystal Oko
UMM News Service
‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek (left) and University of Minnesota, Morris alum Nate Metcalf clown around during Metcalf’s appearance on the popular game show in January. Submitted photo.
‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek (left) and University of Minnesota, Morris alum Nate Metcalf clown around during Metcalf’s appearance on the popular game show in January. Submitted photo.
"Just one game" is what Nate Metcalf, University of Minnesota, Morris alumnus, kept repeating to himself when he was preparing for his appearance on the classic game show, "Jeopardy!"
"That's all I wanted to win. I didn't want to be greedy, but I just wanted to win,” he said. “And I did. So I'm insanely happy. And now the words ‘Jeopardy! champion’ can go in every program bio and every business card I ever have. I did it. This was the dream.”
On Jan. 31, Metcalf's winning “Jeopardy!” appearance aired on national television. Metcalf won a total of $24,846 from the two shows on which he appeared.
Always a fan of the television show, Metcalf auditioned online, received a call for a second audition and finally the call inviting him to be a contestant.
It wasn’t his first “Jeopardy!” audition. About 10 years ago, as an undergraduate student at UMM, Metcalf auditioned for the College Tournament and passed the test but never made it onto the show. So this time, said Metcalf, it was “personal.” He credits “my lovely bride, Jolene” with helping him to train for the show.
“She was a big part of the experience,” he said.
Metcalf stood out throughout his competition in his purple suit and with his lightning quick reflexes on the "thumb-wackety," the button contestants push to ask the right question to a given answer (the phrase was first used in the book Prisoner of Trebekistan by Bob Harris).
Metcalf also prepared a unique set of “five talking points” that each contestant shares prior to the program and highlights the one they prefer, which Alex Trebek, the show’s host, can use during the interview portion of the program:
Metcalf’s list was:
• He once sang "Do Ron Ron" in Hungarian at an audition - and got the part;
• He was an Alex Trebek wanna-be for 964 episodes of a game show;
• Being on “Jeopardy!” nearly killed him - literally! In an effort to be healthy for the show he got a dose of penicillin, to which he was unknowingly allergic. Big allergic reaction; a larger dose could have been fatal;
• He owns 27 pairs of brightly colored tennis shoes, but had to buy dress shoes to be on the show;
• He once won a 50-yard dash in a foam-rubber mascot outfit.
Metcalf highlighted the first point.
"I always thought that everyone could rattle off facts like I can,” Metcalf said. “I grew up in a house where we always played “Jeopardy!” and so I thought that quick, fact recall was just a natural thing. But the more I trained, I noticed people looking at me with equal parts awe and confusion."
Metcalf won his first game by a "lock game," meaning that he had more winnings than the second place player's score doubled when it came time for “Final Jeopardy.” The second game Metcalf played as a returning champion and was finished second.
"I feel really good,” he said. “I have nothing to be ashamed about. And I mean that in regard to the little things. I mean, there were no answers that I'm kicking myself for not knowing."
Metcalf graduated from UMM in 1995 with a degree in theatre arts. He attended graduate school at Kent State University and now works as an artistic associate with The National Theatre for Children in Minneapolis. Metcalf toured with the company for 10 years prior to his current position and has performed in 27 states and three countries.
"Now it’s weird watching (“Jeopardy!”) because I know everything the players have gone through,” Metcalf said. “I see it through the player's eyes much more than I did before. And I pick up on the subtle things that Alex does. Watch how his interest fades on Friday’s shows. To him Friday is the show they tape at 5 p.m. He wants to get out of there and go to a Lakers game, so he's not chatty."
Metcalf invites “Jeopardy!” enthusiasts to read the entire story of his experience on his blog at this address: www.myspace.com/natemetcalf.
CLIMB Theatre Bullying Prevention Class Highlights
"CLIMB Theatre is a nationally-recognized non-profit company that has provided plays and classes to K-12 schools for 35 years. CLIMB's theatre artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes on topics like bullying, self-control, respect, friendship, acceptance of differences, methamphetamine-use prevention, and the environment.
CLIMB's work is not only entertaining, it is educational. Independent research done on our programs show that young people learn, and may change their thinking and even their behavior, because of us.
This video highlights some of the moments in our Teaching Company's 3-5th grade bullying prevention class.
For more information, please call 1-800-767-9660 or visit us at www.climb.org."
Most area residents are aware of the softer stereotype that follows along with being a Minnesotan. Elongated “o’s” and an apparent knack for saying “you betch ya” CLIMB Theatre’s performance at Central Lakes College Wednesday afternoon broke down stereotypes as harmless — and at times even positive — as the ones attributed to Minnesotans, to the more racial and religious prejudices that are still commonly seen across the world today.
Titled “A Deeper Look,” eight actors took to the Chalberg Theatre to share their and other actors’ true stories of dealing with stereotypes through monologues, scenes, dance and slides.
“It’s very important (to discuss these issues) because we all stereotype, all the time, even when we don’t realize it,” said JR Ritcherson, an actor with CLIMB Theatre since August 2011. “Even if we don’t know someone we judge them by how they look how they appear before we even talk to them.
“And it’s especially important in a more predominately white town where they don’t see as many races or ethnicity around to discuss all the stereotypes that truly do exist out there.”
Drawing students and community members alike in a show that is only touring 11 college campuses in Minnesota, the hour- long play — complete with free admission — highlighted the message that “stereotypes are learned and can be unlearned as we come to see who we and others truly are” and the power to change the way people are perceiving and perceived.
“Stereotypes are an issue all over, not just Minnesota or in any specific area,” said Ritcherson, who noted that CLIMB Theatre began the “A Deeper Look” performances in 2010 following a request by a school in Minnesota facing serious racial prejudices. “But by using this performance maybe we can show others that stereotypes aren’t specific to just one race or one religion and you have the power to change the way those stereotypes affect you.”"
Related Sites: Joseph and the Dreamcoat, here-be-dreams.com "The story of Joseph interpreting the dreams of the Pharaoh is one of the best known dream events in the Christian Bible. It has also inspired one of the most famous musicals of the 20th century: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (or, for my American friends, Technicolor Dreamcoat).
The show, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, has been performed in London's West End and on Broadway and was made into a 1999 movie. After more than thirty years it's still very popular with many people keen to buy tickets to any revival." Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..is the second British musical theatre show written by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Its predecessor, The Likes of Us, was not performed until 2005.
Based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Hebrew Bible's Book of Genesis, the show was first presented as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London in 1968. After many transformations and expansions, and West End and Broadway productions, it was adapted as a straight-to-video film, starring Donny Osmond and directed by David Mallet and Steven Pimlott, in 1999.
The show has very little spoken dialogue, it is sung-through almost completely. It runs under two hours and is occasionally performed without intermission. Its family-friendly storyline, universal themes, and catchy music have made Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat one of the most dependably profitable titles in musical theatre, particularly when producers cast a headlining star — and, according to the Really Useful Group, more than 20,000 schools and amateur theatre groups have successfully put on productions...
"..TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (ANS) -- As a performer of one-person plays, Rich Swingle makes his home in New York City, where he has been a staff actor at the Lamb's Theatre. The dynamic nature of his work can fill as little as ten minutes in a larger presentation or as much as a full day of workshops.
Swingle has performed at churches, colleges, retreats, camps, prisons, and theatres off Broadway. He began touring with Big Fish, Little Worm, a collection of short sketches on Jonah, Lazarus, Gideon and Jeremiah. "A Clear Leading" is the story of John Woolman, who spoke out against slavery a century before the Civil War. Rich also conducts workshops in Sociodrama and has a Christmas program available.
"I'm beginning to work with Graceworks Inc., an organization that teaches presentation skills to groups and individuals in corporations. Because a majority of my performances happen on weekends this is an ideal addition to my schedule," said Swingle.
Swingle said Graceworks was recently featured in The New York Times and is receiving high praise from major corporations. "If any of you work for a company that could benefit from improved presentation skills, contact Carol Doscher at 212-724-1541 or email@example.com," Swingle said.
Swingle recently had the opportunity to perform in Bolivia on a trip with Compassion. "I've put a 4.5 minute video and my notes about the trip at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RichDramaPrayer. In the left column click on files. They're in a folder marked 'Bolivia.' "
"You'll also find footage there from Transformation Station, a church for children, launched by Westchester Chapel in White Plains, NY. When I'm in town I perform characters like Sir Michael Quimby, Ed the Grocer, Farmer Fred, and Sludge. This first installment of the Farmer Fred Show features an interview between Farmer Fred and Sludge," Swingle said.
"Dominick Crincoli, who often leads musical interludes in my plays, has just produced a great album. Order a copy at www.domcrinc.com or send email to Crinc@earthlink.net. The $12 cost is inclusive of shipping, and its satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!" he said.
Here's Swingle's itinerary for the next three months:
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The Sound of Music (Musical) in Gibraltar, an amateur production by Stage One. November 2008. Maria is played by Michelle Tewkesbury.
William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
"An inside view of the famous Globe Theatre! I couldn't record the ACTUAL show (we were going to watch OTHELLO) but it's still pretty awesome to catch a glimpse of where WS's plays were ACTUALLY performed! " New Shakespeare Theatre in development, from youtube.com "River Avon is at the heart of the RSC operations and the new theatre is scheduled to be finished in 2010 " William Shakespeare
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "(baptised 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616)[a] was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays,[b] 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.... William Shakespeare's Birthplace 15/09/07, from youtube.com "William shakespeares house where he was born in April 1564 at Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire with a street actor playing the part of a statue of william shakespeare. "