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Emmetsburg Community Theatre Celebrates 40 Years

November 7, 2017
by Anna Veltri , Emmetsburg News

by Anna Veltri

Main Street Community Theater is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an anniversary gala before the first two showings of the farce "Lend Me A Tenor."

Forty years ago, the first meeting of six community residents was held in Oct. 1977 to discuss the formation of a theater for the community of Emmetsburg. In March of 1978, Main Street Community Theatre presented their very first show, "How to Succeed in Business." Now 40 years later, Main Street Community Theatre will be holding a 40th Anniversary Gala before performances on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Dinges-VanOosbree Performance Center. Refreshments will be served at the gala. The History of Main Street book will be available for purchase as a fundraiser. Everyone who has participated in Main Street theatre on and off stage will be entered to win a prize.

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DOUBLE?TROUBLE- Max (Jacob Neff)?impersonates Tito Merelli (pictured right- played by Chris Myers) after Merelli is assumed to be dead. Set only in a hotel room, “Lend Me A Tenor” is a door slamming farce that is sure to have you rolling on the floor laughing. Come support Main Street Community Theater’s 40th year by attending the galas on Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Appetizers will be served and beer and wine will be available for a free-will donation. --Jane Whitmore photo

"We are all occupied with jobs, social media, family happenings, but it is very important to be engaged, committed and involved," stated Main Street Community Theater Vice President and director Jackie VanOosbree. "I encourage everyone to become engaged, committed and involved in something. In my life, I have chosen community theatre for my commitment. I applaud all of the people I have had the pleasure of working with in Main Street. I am hoping they will take the opportunity to celebrate the theatre's anniversary."

Tickets to the fortieth anniversary gala cost $25 (tickets are available at the door). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers. Beer and wine are available for a free-will donation. The gala ticket also includes a ticket to the performance of "Lend Me a Tenor" at 8p.m. Cash and check are accepted.

"Our son, Jeff, and our daughter, Brooke, were involved in Main Street Community Theater way before Rick and I were. We saw them grow not just artistically in the theater but also as community-minded young adults. We saw the bonds that were created between cast members-young and old," said Linda Jones, Main Street Community Member and 'Julia' in "Lend Me a Tenor." "Because of their involvement and friendships with members of MSCT, Rick and I became involved! It has been a blast, and we have created friendships with people we would not have met otherwise. We have become part of a special kind of family. It has been a privilege and so much fun to be a part of this organization! Thank you MSCT! I hope to see a huge crowd at the show and the 40th Anniversary Gala!!"

"Lend Me A Tenor" is a farce set in 1934 in a hotel suite located in Cleveland, OH. The play opens with characters Maggie, Max, and Saunders impatiently waiting in the hotel room for the arrival of legendary tenor opera star, Tito Merelli, to arrive. Tito has been booked to play Otello in a sold-out performance at the opera house. Upon arrival, Tito is accidentally double dosed with the nervous system depressant, phenobarbital. When he doesn't awake from his nap, chaos ensues as they struggle to fill the role of Otello lest they refund a sold-out show.

Come celebrate 40 years with Main Street Community Theater and enjoy a great night with laughter and friends.

"It's a mark of how truly passionate Main Street members and volunteers are that we are celebrating 40 years of sharing the arts with the Emmetsburg community," commented Peggy Stolley, a member of the Main Street Community Theater Board of Directors. "For me, these 40 years are quite personal as my dad, John Schad, was involved in the very first productions in 1978 and several more in following years, and my mom, Jan, was a board member from 1977 to 1980. Both of my siblings, Jeanne and John, have participated in productions, and not only was I involved in the Children's theatre as a middle schooler, my husband Andy and I now participate on stage, behind the scenes, and are active board members. I'm thrilled to be part of something so special, and I hope to see lots of people at the gala and show, celebrating with their own stories of Main Street Community Theatre!"

"Lend Me A Tenor" will have performances at 8 p.m. on November 10, 11, 17, and 18. There will be matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sundays, November 12 and 19.

 
 
 

 

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