Here's the line-up from the fall of 1997:
Front Row, shortest to tallest: Laura Paulson, Erin Paulson, Krista
Kremin, Rebecca Chapman, Beth Chapman, Doris Espelien, J., Josh
Chapman, David Boll.
Back row, Karen Goodwin (left) and Sondra Paulson (subtly red-headed).
That fall we had an open house to raise awareness of the group. The Lake
Region Arts Council came up with the dough to buy the overalls and we
spent a jolly night at Pamida and Fleet Farm picking them out. Good old
manager Spates, who gave us a discount, used to play Kick the Can with
Rebecca when he was about this age.
After getting the shaft from the Jaycees (they kicked us out of their
Halloween dance fund-raiser because they wanted more room to sell
refreshments), the kids staged their annual haunted house in J's
garage. Alas, the donations were stolen. Expect it when you least expect
The Open House included an even edigier knock-off of ANNIE than we'd done
the previous winter. We called this one, "Barely Annie."
My favorite part was when orphan J. would accidentally push little Erin
off the table while protesting Beth's mistreatment of little Krista.
The villains seemed to be heavier drinkers this time around. Perhaps it
was because the pastor wasn't in the picture.
Linda chickened out because she didn't want to play secretary to such a
cute young Daddy Warbucks.