Central Minnesota CU promotes Town and Country Players ‘How to Talk Minnesotan’ production
St. Cloud Times © 04/09/2014 – MELROSE, Minn. – The Town and Country Players of the Melrose/Sauk Centre Area is celebrating its 45th year of production with “How to Talk Minnesotan.”
“We hear these expressions, ‘whatever,’ ‘you betcha,’ or waving as you drive down a country road,” director Marit Elliott said. “This is set up like a lesson in how to talk Minnesotan. It has really silly songs — my favorite is the ‘Hotdish Hallelujah.’ ”
When the group began back in 1969, it focused on three-act comedies.
In the fall 1973, when the school built a theater, group members opted to begin doing musicals. They started with the “Nunsense” productions and have offered everything from “Arsenic and Old Lace” to “Ring of Fire,” a jukebox musical based on the music of Johnny Cash.
The organization offers one musical performance a year, and the cast typically works together for about six weeks in preparation for the show. Auditions are open, and new actors and actresses join the guilds each performance, though there is a main ensemble of people who typically are a part of the show each year.
This year’s performance includes a 22-member cast, and seven of the members are in high school. Set designer Bonnie Poepping, vocal director Sue Roe and costumer Nancy Jeske are the mainstays behind every production.
“We do a different play each year, so it’s a different challenge each time,” Elliott said. “I enjoy my time with these people who are really kind of like my family.”
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and begins at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Melrose High School Auditorium. Tickets are $6 and available at the Central Minnesota Credit Union in Melrose, Freeport State Bank’s Melrose branch, Coborn’s in Melrose or by calling Audrey at 320-256-5160, ext. 1001.