The Minnewaska Mask and Wig Club
Ashley Munn and Jenny Thompson rehearse with Barb
Ask. They are preparing two songs from the Little House books, "We're All
Here" and "There is a Happy Land" to sing at Glenwood Lutheran Church.
For the record, Ashley's a Baptist and Jenny's a Catholic... we're an
ecumenical kinda community.
Gigs for the fall of 1999 include "Celebration of Families" day at Central
Square (Oct. 30), Festival of Nations (Nov. 20), the Glenwood Public
Library open house (Nov. 27), the Eastern Star Christmas Tea at the
American Legion (Dec. 5), Pioneer Public Television (Dec. 11), the
KirstenBoyd concert at Central Square (Dec. 19), and the final Senior
Citizens Center dinner (12/29).
Performing with the Mask and Wig Club this fall are (back, left to right)
Sara Helgaas, Melissa Sutton (front, left to right) Annie Snider, Jenny
Thompson, and Ashley Munn.
"Pine Cones and Hollie Berries" is a charming, little-known duet with
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Meredith Wilson from his
other musical, "Here's Love" (the stage version of MIRACLE ON 34th
STREET). Madame director discovered the song on the radio (being sung by
two generations of Osmonds) during her tour of duty in Provo.
Okay, kids, a little math. We can do this song (which is performed in two
rows) with 3 and 2, or 2 and 2, or 1 and 2, or 2 and 1. We can NOT
perform this song with 3 in back and 1 in front! If Annie shows up and
Sarah or Ashley, doesn't, someone's going to have to swing dance the front
"Pulling Together" is going to be PERFECT for "Celebration of Families"...
if we can just get enough kids to perform on such short
Annie and Ashley knock 'em dead at "Celebration of Families," Oct. 30th,
Central Square. Six run-throughs upstairs, three performances downstairs.
Eagle-eyed Ashley spotted PCT photog Jim Palmer making the rounds and the
duo snapped into action but alas, he only shot little kids and the
sheriff. Hmph. We're not getting paid here, ya know.
"Courage take, for goodness sake..." Annie, honey, you really oughta open
your eyes on a line like that.
The K-Mart vests are holding up pretty well, dontcha think? Don't anyone
get them dirty... I don't think those hand-painted emblems by J.
will go through the wash.
Speaking of J., formers MMWCers J., David Boll, and Beth and
Rebecca Chapman finally got to fulfill a years-long dream... their
contribution to Celebration of Families was a haunted house in the
basement. WAAAAAAAAAAY spooky! "Someone grabbed me!" "Relax, kiddo,
it's just Reverend Mother."
The next day, the dynamic duo perfected the "Dead
Mule" joke. Really clever spin (hee hee) on how to portray the
"run-around" from civil servants (relax, I'M one!) while changing
Annie and Ashley attend a workshop with members of the Montana Reperatory
Theater before attending their production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE in
Edson Auditorium, Morris, Nov. 12, 1999. Hang on to this one, kids... it
was a rare opportunity and one day you may be thrilled to have been in the
same room with one of these people. PHOTO BY JUDY RILEY, University of
Minnesota University Relations (thanks!)
Okay, so, Jenny looks like a deer in the headlights. This was her first
gig! This is Festival of Nations, which was followed by the library
holiday open house. But the corker was when the quad squad performed at
the VFW for the Order of the Eastern Star Christmas Tea. They brought
down the house! Finally, the kind of response performers live for. Proof
positive of their success: People other than ME (or family members) were
taking their pictures.
The kids pose with Nashville Christian music star Boyd Ask before his Dec.
19 concert at Central Square. Ask.... Ask... Rebecca Webb! Did you
trade on a friendship to get those kids on a professional bill? Yes. Yes
I did. And I laid down the law, too... "Don't let those Dancing Off
Broadway kids blow you out of the water!"
"Hannah, can I tell everyone you're going to be Desdemona?"
"Oh, Mom, it's just television."
"It's PUBLIC television!"
Yep, the kids were on Pioneer Public Television on Dec. 11, 1999, and it
went swimmingly. The first twenty minutes were frantic as the kids
learned how to answer the phones, fill out the forms, memorize the
premiums and respond for the camera as the clocked wound down to the next
pledge break. "Pine Cones" left a little to be desired because the music
got all the amplification... so the Quad Squad worked up a quick a capella
version of "Pulling Together" which went so well, the phones all rang at
once the second they finished. They jumped right out of their shoes! The
poor tired techs couldn't believe all our requests for performance
lighting and miking, but we yielded the best night of pledge week, so