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! 

Rehearsal News
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!

Weather Forecast
The Iowa Farmer's Almanac weather prediction: 



for the day and evening of our city's

   July 4th Celebration
and our country's 136th anniversary!  Come out to Madison Picnic Park for the Paine's Fireworks Spectacle.

Performance Week!

Dress Rehearsal/
Tech Rehearsal
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Dress Rehearsal
Opening Night!

Performance Night

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.

Watermelon Night
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- freshing break.

The Crew
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 smoothly.


Geoffrey Chaucer was the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. He wrote The Canterbury Tales, a group of stories ranking among the masterpieces of literature. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin.  Chaucer was born in London around 1340 and died in 1400.

Francois Rabelais, a French humanist, is one of the comic geniuses of literature. Rabelais was born in about 1483 in Poitu, France. Rabelais' satirical masterpiece, Gargantua and Pantagruel, is a collection of five books. Beneath the often ribald humor of the book are serious discussions of education, religion, politics, and philosophy. The third book in this tome was condemned as heresy by the Sorbonne. He died in Paris in 1553.

Honoré de Balzac was a French writer of realist novels. Balzac was born in Tours, France on 20 May 1799. Balzac conceived of the idea of collecting his novels into one mammoth continuum entitled La Comédie Humaine (The Human Comedy.) Balzac infuses his novels with extreme realism. His description of background is almost as important as his development of character. Balzac died on 18 August 1850.

Tuesday Night at 6:15 PM.  This is not a candid shot.  Everyone will be placed in the scene.
Be on time, be dressed, be ready, or be left out.

You are each invited to the
Stage Strike and Cast Party
Sunday July 20 at 4 PM at the Fred 
Food    Fun    Music    Slideshow    Dancing    Program Signing    Awards

'Who Said It?' Results:  

* 'That fella's been the raspberry seed in my wisdom tooth long enough!' - Charlie Cowell
* 'It's Capulets like you who make blood in the marketplace!' -  Zaneeta Shinn
* 'I suppose I'm not the first to think clearer when not under the spell of your salesmanship.' - Marian Paroo
* 'It's a well-known principle that if you keep flint in one drawer and steel in the other, 
you'll never strike much of a fire.' - Mrs. Paroo
* 'One Grecian urn. Two Grecian urns. And for a fountain, trickle, trickle, trickle, trickle!' - Eulalie Shinn


The Music Man Crossword Puzzle

OK, let's see whose been paying attention so far.

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 9  10  11
 14  15
 18  19

If answer requires more than one word, do not include the space.
5   Which Shinn announces the Wells Fargo wagon is coming?
6   How many times in the entire play do Harold and Marion kiss?
9   What word does Harold warn the people of River City about if the pool table was introduced?
10   Who wrote The Music Man?
12   A traveling salesman came to River City to expose Professor Harold Hill. What did this salesman sell?
14   Who did Marion tell her student to say good night to on the evening star? My ___________
18   What instrument does Winthrop play?
19   What was Professor Harold Hill's promise to the citizens of River City? To organize the River City _____ _____.
20   What does Harold claim as his alma mater?
1   Name the state and the town that the play is set in.
2   What does the ladies dance committee practice making?
3   Where did Ewart Dunlop work?
4   What play did Twilight Theatre also perform while we rehearsed?
7   What author does Eulalie always mention?
8   What song does Marian sing to Harold at the foot bridge?
9   What did Professor Hill tell Winthrop he was going to have to learn to do if he wanted to stay around River City? Whittle and ______.
11   What is the real last name of Zaneeta Shinn?
13   What is the population of River City? twenty-two hundred and _____
15   Who is Linus' mother?
16   What character has the last line in the play?
17   Who danced with Marcellus in the 'Shipoopi'?