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Auditions for New Ulm Synchronized Chimney Sweep Brigade set Saturday

September 11, 2012
The Journal

NEW?ULM - New Ulm Actors Community Theater, (NUACT) is looking for individuals who would act as chimney sweeps in the German-American Day Parade at 11 a.m., on Saturday Oct.6, in downtown New Ulm.

Paul Warshauer, NUACT executive director, is holding auditions on Saturday, Sept. 15 at noon in the Kiesling House, 220 N. Minnesota Street, New Ulm. Volunteerss, who can be any age, will do "choreographed walking" as German Chimney Sweeps. One rehearsal is required. No previous experience is necessary. NUACT will provide the chimney sweep brooms and the brief training for the parade.

In Europe it is considered good luck to see a chimney sweep. In Germany to touch the sooty clothing of a chimney sweep brings good luck and prosperity.

The idea arose when New Ulm Area Chamber President Audra Schaneman approached NUACT about an idea for the parade based on a large Chimney Sweep Holtzschnitzel, (woodcarving) in Turner Hall's Rathskeller. The large panel was given by the city of Berlin in appreciation to the United States in 1948 honoring the World War II airmen from Minnesota.

Legend has it that 200 years ago a chimney sweep bravely stepped out and stopped the King's horse and coach as it bolted. King George II was so grateful to the sweep for saving his life that he announced by Royal Decree that all sweeps were lucky!

Warshauer will march in the parade with the New Ulm Synchronized Chimney Sweep Brigade.

Call (507) 359-9990 or e-mail for information or if you need to schedule an audition other than on Sept. 15.



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