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Audience revisited bygone eras with the Farmer's Day musical

 

Dawn Fossand

Shown above are performers during the 2016 Farmer's Day musical, "Melodies to Remember: Songs Through the Decades".

The Kimball Community Theatre group presented a musical for Farmer's Day at the Plains Historical Society's Fraternal Hall in downtown Kimball on Friday, Sept. 23.

"Melodies to Remember: Songs Through the Decades", was a big program according to KCT organizer Tom O'Brien, spanning ten decades, from the first Farmer's Day in the 1920s, through 2010 with comedic relief provided between decades by Josh Enevoldsen.

"Josh Enevoldsen provided some comic relief, introducing all the decades with various costumes and props related to the decade, including clad only in a diaper and crawling across the stage for the 1920s, dressed as a nerd with a "kick me" sign on his back for the 1950s, and wearing sagging pants, taking selfies, and his face buried in his cell phone for the 2010s," O'Brien said. "We had performances by only a couple of regular members of the KCT but lots of help from our amazingly talented friends."

Those friends included a small group of young ladies who danced the Charleston, choreographed by Tiffani Dea, for the 1920s segment.

The Charleston girls were Dani Sharples, Chantel Malson, Katie Heeg, Faith Bohac, and Aubrey Culek.

Kimball High School cheerleaders, Hannah Henton, Taylor Muldoon, Micholas Thomas-Lewis, Kennedy Lewis and Kiersten Anderson performed a modern dance to "Unsteady", choreographed by Dea's sister, Hannah Kier, for the 2010s segment.

In between were songs performed by various KCT and community members, including O'Brien, Aida Williams, Jake MacIntosh, Mia Varra, Leisha Casimiro, Melanie Casimiro, Lila Moore, Nate and Heather Entingh, Dave Stahla, Kennedy Lewis, Geneva Withrow, and the high school boys quartet made up of Nicholas Thomas Lewis, Ryan Soper, Connor Moore, and Sebastian Portillo.

Songs included classics from each era, such as "Coney Island Baby", "Over the Rainbow", "Harper Valley PTA" and "Delta Dawn".

"The museum was pretty full, as we had nearly a hundred people in attendance," O'Brien said.

The highly entertaining musical was not planned as a fundraiser, yet the group was able to donate a bit to a favorite local cause.

"We did not have a fundraiser for this performance, however our leftover concessions will be donated to the Friends of the Goodhand," O'Brien concluded.

 

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