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A play is born


Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

"It was like finding yourself in mid-air without a parachute," Hal Cropp said. "We were all ready to start three weeks of rehearsals but we suddenly didn’t have a play to rehearse."

Cropp is executive director of the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro. The Company had made plans to perform a sequel this holiday season of their highly successful Bullshot Crummond of a couple years back. The play, to be called A Crummond Christmas, was written by Cropp and Matt Tallman, a writer and actor who has appeared in numerous Commonweal productions.

"We contacted the licensing company twice for permission to use the Crummond name and when we didn’t hear back that we couldn’t do it, we were confident that it would be okay," Cropp said.

That wasn’t the case though, in October, when Cropp received a call from a New York based attorney who represented the authors of the original Bullshot Crummond. The attorney said that the authors had come across the Commonweal’s planned production of A Crummond Christmas by randomly surfing the Internet.

"He asked to see a copy of our script and said that it was possible we might be granted a one-time license," Cropp recalled. "But the playwrights then decided that they wouldn’t be willing to do this for us."

The attorney advised Cropp to cease his efforts to produce A Crummond Christmas immediately, otherwise legal proceedings would take place."My initial response was anger, but something about having a short deadline moves you through the stages of grief pretty darned quickly," Cropp said. "I went through anger, denial and bargaining in one afternoon, then it was time to get to work."

At the first rehearsal, three weeks before their play was to open, Cropp and the assembled cast and crew spent the day in discussion trying to figure out what components made for a successful holiday production. The next day the actors went around the room reading aloud passages from their favorite Christmas stories. Each actor then picked a character from the stories and assumed how they might interact when put into different situations.

"We eventually came up with a structure by incorporating the text from three different authors: Hans Christian Andersen, Oscar Wilde and Damon Runyon," Cropp said, while pointing out that the stories "borrowed" from were in the public domain.

The play started to take shape and form and soon even had a title: The Giving .....
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditor’s department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sometimes I get yelled at

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, November 13, 2000

I think that most of us have heard stories about the absent minded professor. Well, I am not now nor have I ever been a professor, but I am and always have been absent minded. In my case, being absent minded is like n ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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Through the Years

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

Times have gradually changed throughout the years. Even though I have only been living for 17 years, I have seen a lot of changes. I can’t even imagine how much has changed for my parents, not to mention my grandparent ..... 
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The Underground

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Earth
Day after day
Wave after wave
Where are you going? Where are you going?
Earth wounded by so many wandering men!
Earth fertilized by the bodies of so many.
But the earth is us,
We' ..... 
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The Living Museum:

Sun, Dec 3rd, 2000
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A Historical OverviewBy John LevellMonday, November 13, 2000

So just where in southeastern Minnesota can one experience balmy 80 degree temperatures while viewing exotic tropical wildlife right through those long, cold an ..... 
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Rushford Library looking at expansion

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Monday, November 20

To build or to remodel? That is the question a Library Taskforce has been considering for the past couple months in the city of Rushford.

The existing public library in the Tew Building, located near Rushford’s cent ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court Report

Sun, Nov 26th, 2000
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Recent misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor dispositions

• Driver-Open Bottle/Allow Open Bottle - Thomas Ellis Douty, 27, Rose Creek, WI. Sentenced November 7, 2000, fined $190.

• Issue Worthless Check (2 counts) - Sheryl A. Qualy, L ..... 
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