33rd Annual Board Meeting
Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theater celebrated the completion of its 33rd year with the annual Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 20, at Dublin’s Food & Spirits in Emmetsburg. Highlights of the previous theater season were reviewed, and awards were presented.
“I was pleased with all of the work the Theater has done this year,” said Board President Brent McAllister. “I appreciate those who have volunteered their talents on stage and behind the scenes.”
Director Jackie VanOosbree commented on the previous season’s productions.
“Last year, we did the ‘Old Time Radio Show’,” said VanOosbree. “It was a lot of fun and a new experience. We had a lot of new people on stage. It was not only a theater performance, but a radio broadcast, as well.”
In the spring, the Theater presented the children’s production of “Alice In Wonderland, Jr.”.
“I thought we had a good cast,” VanOosbree said. “People loved it and it was very successful.”
Co-directors for “Alice In Wonderland, Jr.” were Marcia Beatty, Peggy Stolley, Jackie VanOosbree, and Brent McAllister.
The theater also presented the comedy “The Government Inspector” as part of last year’s line-up of shows.
“I thought ‘The Government Inspector’ was wonderful. It was a show that I had wanted to do for a long time,” VanOosbree said. “The entire cast was phenomenal. It was a fun, fun show and a blast to direct.”
Jasmine Johnson and Colton Johnson were presented the Ingnue (Youth) Awards.
“These guys have been great,” VanOosbree said. “They have been doing theater since “Honk, Jr.,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Cinderella Kids,” and “Alice In Wonderland.” Colton was also cast in “Our Town.”
“It has been a learning experience for both of us,” Jasmine Johnson commented.
The Silver Plate Award, for on stage contributions went to Julia Madsen who has been involved with Main Street Community Theater for many years. Madsen has appeared in or assisted behind the scenes with the productions “Robber Bridegroom” (2006), “Escanaba in da Moonlight” (2007), “G.I. Jukebox” (2007), “Our Town” (2008), “Old Time Radio Show,” and the showing of “Rocky Horror Picture.” Madsen is an accomplished musician and has shared her musical talents in theater pit bands, as well.
This year’s Gold Plate Award, for efforts off-stage, was presented to Delbert Witzke.
“Delbert has done so much for the theater since ‘Escanaba in da Moonlight’,” said VanOosbree. “He has been a God send. He has hung lights, worked on sound, and more. His karaoke machine in ‘Don’t Hug Me’ was his ‘piece de resistance’.”
In other business, Roberta Hersom, Iveta Kerber, Greg Moser, Rich Hall, and Amy Rubel were re-elected to the board of directors. Delbert Witzke and Amy Riska were elected to fill the seats formerly held by Mike Norland and Kris Heldt.
Jackie VanOosbree briefly discussed the upcoming theater season. Ideas include the musical review “Show Tune,” and children’s theater “Will Wonka, Jr.”
“I thought we had a good response to ‘G.I. Jukebox’ and that people will like ‘Show Tune.’ It’s a cute show,” VanOosbree noted. “I really want to do ‘Willy Wonka, Jr.’. Children’s theater is a vital thing for us. A lot of teaching and learning goes on.”
The Theater is currently working on the comedy “The Odd Couple,” which will open Friday, Nov. 26.