NEW ULM - Board members were optimistic about their plans to have a hand in operating the Middle School Auditorium after two of the bids contained their direct participation were formally accepted by the District 88 School Board last week.
The annual meeting of the NUACT Board of Directors, held on June 18, also saw a change in leadership for the 35-year-old organization. Founded in 1978 as the Pioneer Players, NUACT has been operating since 2003.
Judy Sellner, long serving as sresident, was elected as Chair of the Board. Kent Menzel was elected president; Oliver Skillings, vice president; Reed Glawe, treasurer; Keara Roberts, secretary; LaRonda Bourn, sssistant treasurer. Other board members elected are Adam Towles who will serve as Chairman of the Technology Committee; and Zachary Stowe and Kristine Parker will serve on the Programming Committee. All officers will serve a one year term.
Executive Director Paul Warshauer announced that the discussion of a long anticipated calendar of balanced events contains the following proposed Season: In August, "Dogs in the Hot Moon or Behind the Barricades" to be presented as the only theatrical production of the 150th Commemoration of the US Dakota War. In November, a "1950's Musical Review," will be directed by Gretchen Etzell. In December, "Miracle on 34th Street" adapted by Kent Menzel, is presented at MLC as a holiday radio drama following in the tradition set last year with "It's a Wonderful Life."
Other productions being considered are "Much Ado About Nothing" in October as a lead up to the national elections, and the award winning musical, "South Pacific" in July of 2013 as a major regional musical.
Other offerings include "The Front Page" a comedy about the newspaper business in the 1920s. A play for children, "Treasure Island," and a drama "Inherit the Wind" are also proposed. "The History of Beer" is proposed as a joint venture with Turner Hall in November as part of the Turnervein.
Various workshops for actors and directors will be offered throughout the year and a special Seniors Improvisation class at the New Ulm Community Center as part of the Castle (CAST) program.
NUACT will support the theatre efforts Healthy Youth and Healthy Communities with a direct grant of $500.00 for their summer teen production.
The bylaws of the organization were re-written, discussions about grants & the website and publicity matters were also discussed.
The popular "Something Artsy" a television magazine about the arts continues monthly as will the popular play reading society at the Lind House. Murder mysteries for various organizations are also offered. For more details visit the website, www.newulmact.com or call 359-9990.