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The Jimmer & The Sound Guy

March 13, 2012
by Lori Hall , Emmetsburg News

It's getting down to crunch time for the volunteers at Emmetsburg's Main Street Community Theater. It's also getting down to "just about getting sick of this" time for the spouses and children of the volunteers.

Kidding aside, I think all of us at the Hall household will be relieved when this time of year is over.

Rich has dual roles in Main Street's upcoming play, "Escanaba In Da Moonlight." He not only plays the cartoonish character of Jimmer Negamanee from Menominee, a "living legend" of the U.P. of Michigan, but also is preparing sound effects and music for the production.

This comedy is a reprisal for the Emmetsburg theater group. Main Street first presented the production back in 2007 to rave reviews from locals and visitors alike.

The premise of "Escanaba In Da Moonlight"?(just in case you haven't seen it or need a refresher) is this:?Reuben Soady is 43 and has yet to "bag a buck." It's deer camp time and Reuben joins his brother Remnar, his dad, Albert, and family friend The Jimmer to try and change his luck and bring home the venison.

As you can imagine, lots of earthy humor ensues.

Both of Rich's roles are commitments that require a lot of work. There are evening rehearsals and all other free time spent memorizing and practicing lines, as well as searching for or creating sound effects for the production.

There is one thing you have to know about my husband. He doesn't do anything half-heartedly; he gives it 110 percent, and then some. And so, I have become what they refer to as a "theater widow." I suppose poor Alex and Jacob are "theater orphans."

I wish the cast and crew of "Escanaba" the best of luck in their latest endeavor, and look forward to seeing the finished product. I also am looking forward to some much-needed down-time when we can relax again in each other's company.

By the way, "Escanaba In Da Moonlight"?will be presented over two weekends. The play opens the weekend of March 23, 24, and 25, and finishes up the weekend of March 30 and 31 and April 1.

Be sure and get your tickets early--you won't want to miss the laughs!

 
 

 

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