At The Fred
We have had some warm and very productive nights this past week.
Add in an incredible orchestra and the set and we see a play forming
before our eyes. You've done very well this
week. Keep it up. This Monday, Tuesday, and
Wednesday are critical days in our play! Focus, get into
character, and perform!
The Week Ahead
Monday - Full show in costume without orchestra
Tuesday - Full show in costume with orchestra
Wednesday - Full show in costume with orchestra
Thursday - no rehearsal! Stay home. Grill
something. Shoot some fireworks tomorrow!
Are you starting to feel it yet? First is the sensation that
the production dates are near. Second is the sensation that the play
is coming together. Excitement is building!
So you thought the Mayor didn't sing in the play?
In the original script, there was a reprise of "Trouble" in the
2nd Act, but this reprise had Mayor Shinn singing "Ya Got Trouble,
Mr. Hill." It was performed once in Philadelphia during a brief
run there prior to the Broadway premiere. The producers later
removed it because it seemed to diminish mayor's tenacious character.
Party in River City
The entire cast loved the pizza party last Tuesday. Thank you so
much to Jeannine Corley for arranging the event. The pizza
from Jets was really good and we ordered just the right
amount. We will continue the fun during the remaining weeks by
cooling off our hot summer nights. You be sure to thank for
parents and adult cast members for making it
Snow Cones to Cool the Hot Night!
This week, we will have snow cones for the cast on Tuesday night.
These are free to all so just enjoy!
Dana joins her Biddie Ensemble for the Grecian
Urn Dance. The ladies look fabulous and quite animated!
What is "Iowa Stubborn?"
This excerpt is from a
piece written by Meredith Willson for the New York Herald Tribune just
prior to the Broadway opening of "The Music Man."
I lived in Mason City, Iowa, till I was sixteen. With my folks. My brother
is a very smart man in the industrial field. Light aggregate concrete. In
fact, he is an expert. I don't mind telling that to you, but it's the
first time I've ever told it to him. That's what we call Iowa-stubborn.
My wife and I made a homecoming appearance at a home show in Des Moines
seven or eight years ago and didn't receive enough applause to get us out
onto the platform- there were a lot of Mason City people there, too,
including several of my kissing relatives. Who do they think they
are anyway? That's what we call Iowa-contrary.
In 1949 a couple people including Frank Loesser said, "I think you
ought to write a musical comedy about Iowa." I thought it was a good
idea and I wanted very much to do it but I refused, just to keep my neck
bowed. Several others including my wife Rimi had already made the same
suggestion and I had already refused for the same reason. Nobody brought
it up anymore for some time, and I began to think they thought I couldn't
do it. So, of course, I had to give it a try. That's what we call