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Stage Door Productions Presents Once On This Island, Jr and Anne Of Green Gables in Conjunction with The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association





Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association


The summer productions of Anne of Green Gables and Once on This Island, Jr will be presented by Stage Door Production. This talented group is the newest community theatre in Fort Dodge and a member of the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association.

Founded in 2013, Stage Door Productions is committed to high-quality performances of small-cast musicals, as well as providing educational Youth Theater experiences in the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area through its Youth Theater program and Take 2 Summer Youth Theater.

The production of “Once on This Island, Jr. ” will be July 9th, 10th and 11th. This musical tells the story of a peasant girl, Ti Moune, who falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and even death. Everyone will enjoy how the story is told through almost non-stop song and dance. The cast is comprised of 27 children from Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

“Anne of Green Gables” performance is scheduled for July 30, 31 at 7 pm and August 1 at 2 pm. This production will have 26 local youth from grades 7th through 12th telling the story of the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plain spoken farmer and his spinster sister (the Cuthberts), who thought they were adopting a boy.

Both productions will be held at the St. Edmond High School Auditorium. Admission is $ 10 for adults, and $ 5 for under age 18. Tickets are on sale at First American Bank, Salon & Company, Choice Printing and at the door.

These productions open doors for our talented youth in our community, states Shelly Bottorff, President of Stage Door Productions. Our ultimate goal is to not only provide great entertainment but to also highlight the artistic abilities right here in Fort Dodge.”

Promoting the talents of youth in the region is just one of the goals of the group. A commitment to introducing a variety of fine arts to the community is also their mission. Comprised of individuals like Mary Jo Laupp, who brings 27 years of directing experience, Stage Door Productions expands the horizons of this group. Other talented members include Nate Gibson, Susan Ahlers-Leman, Tabitha Acree, Kelli Wallace, Betsy Duarte and Sheila Border.

The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association is located at 29 North 10th Street, Suite B, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Visit their website at http://www.fdfineartsassociation.org to learn more about the organization and members. Emails can be directed to amy(at)fd-foundation(dot)org or call 515-573-3180.







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Franklin County Visitors Bureau Presents 1864 The Burning On July 18

Chambersburg PA (PRWEB) May 31, 2015

As summer hits its stride, Chambersburg is ready for its annual 1864 commemoration that pays tribute to the strength, faith, and determination of Chambersburg’s resident, who rebuilt the community from the ashes of destruction after the Confederate burning on July 30, 1864. The history reenactment pits Jacob Hoke, an actual merchant on the square of Chambersburg in 1864, against Confederate General “Tiger” John McCausland, who executed the order of his superior General Jubal Early to first ransom and then, if the ransom was not met, burn the town.

1864 is not an ordinary living history event. Staged from the steps of the Franklin County courthouse, the backdrop is truly authentic as today’s courthouse recycles six of the pillars from the 1842 courthouse–the previous courthouse gutted by the Confederate burning. But, most distinctive is the burning–done with lights so realistically, the courthouse and adjoining buildings appear to be afire. As the narration of the story, using original source materials concludes, the town rises from the ashes and is bathed in beautiful lights to signify the rebirth.

Leading up to 1864 The Burning, there are Civil War walking tours, history exhibits, living history vignettes, old-time photos, and book signings. At 7 PM, the musical entertainment is the focus as finalists of the A Capella & Unplugged perform one last time. The winner will be announced just before 1864 The Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg begins.

1864 is adding more activities for children, including a special vendor Zoo Zoo’s Animaland to let kids of all ages create a furry friend. A special “Franklin County-Ben Bear” will be featured at 1864 and anyone registering at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau booth will be entered to win a free “Ben Bear.” The historic events of 1864 have been made into a video, using footage of the light shows.

This year when 1864 concludes, visitors can continue the celebration with more music, a little art, and some friendly and fun competitions at Illuminate! After Party at the Capitol Theatre, a block north on South Main Street.

Earlier in the day, the annual festival Old Market Day fills the streets of Chambersburg with over 100 stalls–row after row of art and craft vendors displaying one-of-a-kind wares as well as an assortment of festival food. Local merchants will hold sidewalk sales and courthouse plaza will feature a variety of music from classic rock to folk and bluegrass.

Chambersburg remembers the history of July 1864 when Confederates served a ransom demand on Chambersburg. True to history, the demand of $ 100,000 in gold or $ 500,000 in greenbacks will not be paid, and Chambersburg will be burned–with lights.

Keep abreast of last-minute updates by visiting http://www.ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com or like Ben Franklin and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/FCVBen.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau coordinates 1864 to promote Franklin County. Anyone interested in participating in the events leading up to 1864 The Burning as an author, living history portrayer, musician, or unique period vendor, can contact the Franklin County Visitor Bureau for details at 866.646.8060. No vendor fees are accessed to participate.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more….plan a visit soon at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com or by contacting 866.646.8060.







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