With some seed money from the city and a lot of volunteer work, the Cream of the
The theater's home is in the Old Creamery Quilt Shop; theater director Selinger gives a lot of credit to
"It's a nice, small, intimate theater," Selinger said. "You've just got to get a little more creative with how things are blocked," adding "I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do '76 Trombones,' " an elaborate number from "The Music Man."
Any money that the productions earn will go back to the theater for improvements, with the hope to eventually do bigger productions, Selinger said.
"It's not a profit situation, and that's not why I put the theater together," she said.
Selinger also gives credit to her husband, who's been helping with the show. They've now been married for 33 years. "He's been by my side through this whole thing," she said.
And the town's residents "are so excited, they've been coming out of the woodwork" to help, Selinger said. "That's what I fell in love with, that community spirit. 'This is our town, we want to show people our town, what can we do?' "
Selinger says she picked "On
CJ Anderson has the plum part of
Anderson got his first acting job as a child; he's now 70. As for their latest venture, "this is fun. We're just starting from scratch," he said.
Anderson did double duty, too -- he was the show's technical director, a job he finished with last week. The building's historical status presented some challenges, but he said they made it work well.
And the support from the community has been strong, Anderson notes.
"It's amazing how receptive people here are," he said.
There's a theater company boomlet going on in the lakes area.
Auditions will start in October for the company's first show, "A Christmas Carol," which will be in December. Its first season also will feature "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Wait Until Dark."
"We don't want to see any of that go away," he said. "We would like to just cultivate new people, both on the stage and in the seats. We're really looking forward to it."
If you go ...
Where: The Old Creamery Quilt Shop,
More information: Call 320-749-2420, visit www.oldcreameryquiltshop.com/theater. Tickets can be purchased online.
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