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October 18, 2018


'Scapin' was outstanding
The audience was modest, but judging from the laughs and smiles around the room, everyone who attended Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company's touring production of Molière's "Scapin" thoroughly enjoyed it.
I did.
It's not that often that Windom is treated to a production with the high-caliber actors that were featured in this show - and that most certainly includes Windom native Karen Wiese-Thompson. Karen is a 1982 graduate of Windom Area High School and has been acting semi-professionally ever since high school.
She was inducted into the WAHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2015.
However, many of her shows, of course, are in Twin Cities theaters, which unless we know what shows she is cast, when those shows take place and the date and time accommodates our personal schedules, we just don't get to see her in action.
During my interview with her three years ago, I remember her sharing that she has done several shows where she has played male characters. "Scapin" is one such production. She plays the part of "Mr. Gary."
I must admit I was curious to see how she could pull off the role of a harsh, penny-pinching fatherly figure role. She did it with a very believable portrayal. In fact, at times I had to remind myself that was Karen - and not "Karl" - playing the role.
But if you've been acting professionally for more than a quarter century, you can pull off just about any role - and she did.
It was especially intriguing for me to see Karen in action. It's one thing to spend 60 to 90 minutes with a person on the phone, having them share their story about their stage career. It's quite another to see that career in action.
I don't know if Karen had a hand in helping bring the Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company show to Windom, but I'm so glad they made the stop, if for no other reason than to see Karen perform.
But there were many more reasons to take in the show.
Excellent actors
"Scapin" was a real treat, not only to watch Wiese-Thompson, but also to watch Sarah Agnew in the leading role. Wow! She was simply outstanding.
I also enjoyed Kimberly Richardson in her role as the high society, Madam Arlene.
The troupe performed this show in the middle of a square area in the gym in the Windom Community Center. The four corners of the square were open and served as the entrance and exit points for the actors. The only real stage prop that was used were several wooden boxes of varying sizes stacked together. But that's all that was needed.
There also was a one-man band in the background, playing a keyboard, a little percussion and even a small harp.
The actors made the story come to life. It was filled with comedy and, at times, even included a little audience participation, which simply added to the fun.
They also worked in a little local humor as well as references to some current national news-makers.
It was 90 minutes of non-stop theater and, I must say, it was a very quick 90 minutes. When you could tell the show was coming to a conclusion, I looked at my watch and couldn't believe that it had passed that quickly.
Hats off to Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company. It was an outstanding production and if they ever bring a show to Windom again, I'll be sure to be there.
Loving the drop-off zone
I don't know about anyone else, but I find the new drop-off/pick-up zone at Winfair Elementary one of the best things the school has ever done.
It makes access to the school so much easier and convenient. When there's an event to cover at the school, parking in one of the stalls next to the school is so handy - and not just because it's a shorter distance to walk.
I suspect it's a lot more convenient for parents and guardians dropping off and picking up students, too.
While Windom Area Schools will be using it for just a couple of years until its new school is built, Red Rock Ridge will find it very handy for many years to come.
Great job, Windom Schools!
Breast health fund note
Emily Saffert at Windom Area Hospital emailed last week clarifying the fundraising connected with the Breast Health Walk.
The Walk grossed almost $14,400, but after expenses netted a little over $10,220. However, fundraising continues at several Windom businesses, which could raise that net total.
Whether it does or not, that's still a great fundraising effort. Without a doubt, Tammy Hall's legacy lives on.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Drawn to 'journalism'
People know me well enough - and I've been around Windom and Cottonwood County long enough - that I rarely get asked why I got into the newspaper business.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018






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