NMP's 'The Burnt Part Boys' opens Thursday
New Minowa Players’ presentation of ‘The Burnt Part Boys’ marks tenth anniversary of Young Peoples’ Shows
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:08 PM
In 2004, the young people participating in community theatre shows decided to create something new for theatre goers in the Decorah area, the first Young Peoples’ Show.
From left: Paul Fadness, Aaron Kvale, Gable Lonning, Naomi Davidson and Steven Holkesvik in a scene from The New Minowa Players’ 2014 Young People’s Production, “The Burnt Part Boys,” directed by Gara Lonning and Jenna Alstad. Show dates are Aug. 21-23, at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 23-24, at 3:30 p.m. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond).
That year under the direction of Marianna Caldwell, “The Wild West Women” was performed at the 906 S. Mill Street location. At that time, there was no built theatre. The performers set aside an area of the building to practice in and performed on platforms.
Audience members were in folding chairs and enjoyed their energy and talent.
Taking on this type of theatre is not an easy task for anyone.
“I now have a new appreciation for directors, as this is super stressful as compared to being in a show,” Jenna Alstad -- one of this year’s co-directors -- said. “The best part of directing is seeing the performers grow and change.”
Alstad and co-director Gara Lonning have taken on the role of choreographers and costumers, and also created materials for publicity and production of the show.
This year’s production, “The Burnt Part Boys,” is a story set in 1952 in coal mines where 10 years earlier, in the area called ‘the burnt part,’ a tragic accident killed four employees from the Pickaway Coal Company.
Their children and friends share their journey to re-mine the area -- facing fears but making new friends along the way.
The dynamic performances will take place Aug. 21-23, at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 23-24, at 3:30 p.m. at the New Minowa Players Theatre, 906 South Mill Street in Decorah.
Tickets can be purchased at Oneota Community Food Co-op and one hour prior to the show at the theatre. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.
Proceeds from the Thursday, Augu. 21 show will go towards the 2015 New Minowa Players scholarship fund. These scholarships help area youth to continue their enjoyment of the arts as they go into college.
“The Burnt Part Boys” is sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust, Family Table Restaurant, Gallery of Tops, Pizza Ranch, Rockweiler Appliance and TV, Singing Hammers Construction, and Rick Scheffert-Spirit of Clay Pottery.