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Giving theater a chance

April 6, 2009 - Diane Speer
For several years now, I have tried to convince a friend of mine - Lena Witt - to try out for a theater production at either Alpena Civic Theatre or Thunder Bay Theatre. She's entertaining, she likes to get up in front of people, she enjoys seeing theater productions with me, and I just knew she'd have fun with it. Whenever I brought the subject up, she'd just laugh and brush me off......and then earlier this year, she snuck up to Rogers City and tried out for a part in the classic musical, "Hello, Dolly!" Naturally, once I found out that she'd landed a role, I made plans to see the show.

Am I ever glad that I did. Not only did Lena do a super job in her first role on stage, but the entire Rogers City Community Theatre production was outstanding. Lisa Rhea and Karl Heidemann couldn't have been any better cast in the lead roles of Dolly and Horace. Besides those two, the show was filled with entertaining performances.

The set was outstanding as well. Admittedly, when I first saw the set, I thought it was a bit pedestrian. Was I ever wrong about that one! It turned out to be an engineering marvel with multiple levels and looks. The costumes too, especially the dresses worn by the women in the show, were a feast for the eyes.

All in all, "Hello, Dolly!" truly was community theater at its best.....and a great opportunity for a novice like Lena to get her feet wet on stage. I knew she had it in her all along!


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