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home : columns : columns May 2, 2016

3/20/2013 9:56:00 AM
Rehearsals going well
I popped into the BARC Auditorium Friday night to snap a few photos of cast rehearsing for next month's Prairie Arts Continuum musical The Sound of Music.
Although there's still a little less than a month left until the production debuts, there are some elements of the show that already are rounding into shape.
The scene in which Captain Von Trapp introduces Maria to his children and together they learn the "Do-Re-Mi" song is great, but vocal director Molly Cothran says it will get even better.
An earlier scene at the abbey featuring the nuns, should be quite a scene once all are in costume. And who doesn't enjoy the scene in which Sisters Berthe, Margaretta and Sophia and Mother Abbott sing the song "What Do You Do With a Problem Like Maria?"
The Sound of Music is a timeless classic that should appeal to all ages. Tickets went on sale Friday and I would suggest you get yours soon. This could easily be one of those shows where people will want to see the show more than once because the acting is that good and the music is that enjoyable.
Mix back in directing saddle
Linda Mix has come out of retirement to direct the show.
She's obviously no stranger to musicals, having started the fall musical at Windom Area High School in the fall of 1988 and directed musicals at the school for 19 years before retiring in 2007. Among her list of productions is The Sound of Music, which was staged at BARC in the fall of 1997 and featured her daughter, Molly, in the leading role as Maria Rainer.
Mix and her daughter, now Molly Cothran, are back in their same roles for this show. However, this time around, Molly is assisting her mom with direction of the show as well as playing Maria again.
Molly isn't the only actor whom Linda has directed before. Jason Lohrenz, who portrays Captain Von Trapp, had lead roles in Brigadoon and Bye-Bye Birdie as a WAHS junior and senior.
Sarah Cartwright, Miranda (Robinson) Roskamp, Tucker Kern, Amber (Axford) Thomas and Sunny (Caldwell) Osland are a few more actors who were part of Mix-directed musicals over the years.
However, those cast members are youngsters compared to the oldest alum of a Mix production. Bruce Friesen was a part of a Mix-directed musical in the 1970s, when Mix was teaching and directing at Mt. Lake High School.
As much fun as it has been for Mix to reconnect with some of her students on the stage, next month's show will be equally as enjoyable for audiences.
As always, this will be another outstanding production and one you won't want to miss.
How's your bracket?
It's March Madness and no doubt there are plenty of you - me included - filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket this week.
Like you, I struggle to determine just where those upsets will occur and what teams will avert the upsets to make it to the Final Four.
In recent years, it seems clear-cut favorites have become fewer and fewer. In fact, if three of your four selections make it to the Final Four, you might be considered a guru. Any more, having two of your picks actually make to the Final Four means you've done alright.
But as you're filling out that bracket this week, take heart in a couple of comforting facts upon which I stumbled:
•  There is no documented history of anyone ever picking all 63 winners in a tournament.
•  The odds of picking the winners in every game of the tournament are - get ready for this - 1 in 147,573,952,589,676,412,928.
So, go ahead, fill out that bracket and relax. After all, "bracketology" is a lot like golf - it's not a game of perfect.
But hopefully, you're not sarcastically saying "How's your bracket?" after the tournament's first round is completed.

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