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The stage is set - "The Music Man" will soon have you marching along with the rhythm of fun


Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

"Seventy-six trombones led the big parade, with a hundred and ten cornets close at hand..." These words invoke a familiar happy march melody that most everyone knows. They are some of the famous lyrics from the well-known musical, "The Music Man" by Meredith Willson.

Ye Olde Opera House in Spring Grove is excited to be performing the energetic and crowd-favorite musical of "The Music Man" on Thursday, July 14 through Sunday July 17th. The gates open at 7:30 p.m. with desserts being served on The Green. The show takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.

"The Music Man" returns to the stage at Ye Olde Gray Barn after 30 years with Spring Grove resident, Greg Wennes, as the leading man Harold Hill again.

"A thousand 'thirty year memories' flood back about that 1981 production," Wennes remarked with a smile about the 1981 production of "The Music Man." "The Constable was played by Howard Deters whose wife, Mary, was the leading lady 'Marion the Librarian'. Just as Harold Hill and Marion were finishing the 'kissing scene,' Howard came up from behind and grabbed us both as if he were in a fit of jealous rage to tear us apart. All of this was of course staged in advance to the raucous delight of the local people in the audience who knew the 'inside' connection. They thought poor Howard had just finally 'lost it' over the sight of his own wife being romantically entangled with this 'two bit thimble rigger!'"

Rehearsals have been in full swing with this large, talented cast. They have been working long hours preparing songs, dance steps, and perfecting every little detail to make this a polished production.

The story line

"The Music Man" is set in 1912 in the fictional town of River City, Iowa. Composer and lyricist, Meredith Willson, based "The Music Man" on his birthplace of Mason City, IA, as well as many of the people he observed in town. The river in River City is likely the Mississippi River near Davenport. With the Rock Island conductor announcing "River City, I-oway! Cigarettes illegal in this state," it is implied that they are crossing the Mississippi from Rock Island, Illinois, into Iowa.

Charming con-artist, Harold Hill, arrives in River City posing as a boys' band organizer and band leader. He sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. But will it turn out differently this time for Hill? The local librarian, Marian Paroo, sees through Hill's scheme, but yet als .....
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RASA's summer musical production

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

RASA's Summer musical production July 13th through July 17th will be NUNSENSE II, The SECOND COMING. This is a change and should be noted on all Rushford Days Posters. Original plans for "Bye, Bye, Birdie" were abandoned when too few auditioned.
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Go with your heArt

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Art fascinates me. Art in the "music" form is my forte and my major in college as a future educator who creates music, but any type of art I appreciate and enjoy observing. Artists from many walks of life put much work into their art, which then cre ..... 
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Support needed from our communities...

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Rushford-Peterson Theater Program needs your help.  For the past few years, the R-P Drama Club has been making efforts to fix and update the theater's facilities, which are sorely in need of improvements.  In the past two years, throug ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company awarded grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, today announced that the Commonweal Theatre Company has been recommended for a grant of $12,000 to support their upcoming production of Harper Lee's classic To Kill ..... 
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DreamAcres' performance series opens with a BOOM!

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative on DreamAcres Farm in Southeastern Minnesota launches its summer Play! in the Barn performance series with BOOM! An International Lost and Found Family Marching Band on Friday, June 3, at 8pm. This is the first in ..... 
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Divine Rhubarb Committee to sign copies of their new book, "Everything Rhubarb"

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Meet the Divine Rhubarb Committee in person at these book signings: (see www.rhubarbfestival.org for details)

•April 28, 1:30-3 p.m.

Madison, WI

•May 1, 2-4 p.m.

La Crosse, WI

•May 5, 6-8 p.m.
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Solid Gold to headline entertainment at Whalan Standstill parade

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

"Rock Around the Clock," "Johnny Be Good," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Pretty Woman" are just a few of the rock n roll favorites the Solid Gold band has cued up and ready for you at Whalan's 16th annual Standstill Parade on Saturday, May 21.

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Commonweal Theatre Company presents Sylvia

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company presents A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia, May 21 through August 19 with discounted tickets available for previews May 13 to May 20. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Commonweal Theatre online ..... 
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