At The Fred
This week, we saw a play develop before our eyes. After a weekend of
set building and costume completions, we had a rough Monday night
coordinating the play. One night of stressful but productive
work turned into a clockwork play Tuesday night. The cast and crew
were on it and the results were evident. Be prepared for a long but
fruitful week ahead!
Rehearsals took a big change this week as we all got into character and
focused on completing this play. Tuesday's rehearsal was
near performance level. Congrats to the entire cast for stepping
up the action when it counts. This week, we will focus on
timing, transitions, sound, and lighting. The performance must
be up to par. Know your lines! Study!
The Iowa Farmer's Almanac weather prediction:
for the day and evening of our
July 4th Celebration
and our country's 136th anniversary! Come out to
Madison Picnic Park for the Paine's Fireworks Spectacle.
Snow Cone Night!
In spite of the heat, it snowed in River City last Tuesday! The cast
enjoyed snow cones during intermission. A variety of flgvors were
available. Thanks Thom Sandwich and family for organizing this
event. And a special thank you to our teen girls for serving the
snow cones to the cast.
It's hot in River City so this Tuesday, come enjoy cold watermelon
during intermission. Just another way to cool off this smokin'
hot cast! Thank you Denise Leak for leading this re-
Ellie Shelton leads our young crew in setting up the stage and managing props.
She coordinates scene changes and queues actors on stage right. Colleen Adams complements Ellie as she manages stage left. Together, the play is running very
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