This summer, Kelly auditioned for the musical, Guys and Dolls through a community theater called, Black Dirt Theater Company. They are based out of Hasting, MN which was quite a drive, but I decided to make it work and do the commitment of driving her there each week for rehearsals. She got a part and started right after school got out in June. Hastings is 40 minutes away, so yeah…it was a haul. On days that she had rehearsals for 1-3 hours, I stayed there. Let’s just say…I really got to know the town of Hastings and I believe that I would be considered an honorary citizen of that town, now that the show is over. My favorite spots were Caribou, the library, and the best spot of all…the American Legion.
I have such wonderful friends who offered to come with me on some of these long nights to keep me company. We would eat dinner at the Legion and then go for a nice walk along the Mississippi River and enjoy the scenery, the boats, and even some weird things hanging from trees. hehehe…you girls know what I’m talking about. The American Legion is the only restaurant on the river. They have a wonderful deck outside with a picturesque view of the Mississippi and the new Hasting bridge that was just built last summer. It made a nice backdrop while eating and chatting with friends and super pretty sunsets.
Guys and Dolls was conceived by producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin as an adaptation of Damon Runyon’s short stories. These stories, written in the 1920s and 1930s, concerned gangsters, gamblers, and other characters of the New York underworld. Runyon was known for the unique dialect he employed in his stories, mixing highly formal language and slang.
I had heard of this musical but wasn’t familiar with it. I did know that it was set in the 1920’s or the “roaring 20’s” so when Kelly got a role, I told her that the costumes will be so fun to wear. I was right, she loved both of hers and looks adorable in them both. The makeup she had to put on was dramatic as well and her hair had to be up in a special way as well. At dress rehearsal time, this took some time, but she sure had it down by the time the actual shows began.
She got cast in the ensemble of the show, which consisted of three different numbers. Her favorite, being a dancer in the Havana Dance number. Kelly hasn’t had any dance classes, but she picked up on how to do this very quickly and some of the other actors were asking her where does she take lessons. She told them, “I don’t”. They were very impressed with her. Kelly and one other girl were 15 year olds, the rest of the cast were mainly college-age kids and working adults. They really took Kelly in and gave her much praise, pointers, and friendship. This made is all worthwhile.
They performed seven shows and Nate & I, along with Sheri and Kevin, attended the opening night. What a thrill it was to see her up on this wonderful stage with all these fabulous actors/actresses. This was a talented group of people who perform at “Dinner Theater” level. They were all very entertaining from start to finish.
Now that the musical is over (after 2 months of rehearsing) Kelly is definitely having withdrawals but can have a little fun with her friends for this last month of summer before heading back to school. She is planning on auditioning for the High School musical this fall, which will be…Into the Woods. I guess I better gas up the car~
Thank you to all of our wonderful friends who drove over to see Kelly and support her in her musical production. You are the best! I didn’t get pictures of everyone…but you know who you are. 🙂