‘Little Mermaid’ auditions, performance dates announced

WINTHROP — The T-Bird Community Arts Group announceS its 4th summer musical, a production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” The Broadway musical is based on the classic Disney movie.

A fully staged version will be performed Aaug. 1-4 at the auditorium at GFW High School in Winthrop. This version features adults in leading roles and some minor roles for children. Tickets will be on sale in July.

Auditions for all roles will be held at the GFW Elementary school at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, for children (grades 6-8) and 8 p.m. for adults and high school students, (grades 9-12) and on Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m. for children in grades 6-8 and 8 p.m. for adults and high school students, (grades 9-12). The address for auditions is 323 E. 11th St., Gibbon.

Nothing is necessary to prepare for audition. See details and a complete character list is available on the TCI Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/tbirdcommunityarts/.

Most rehearsals will occur on weeknights between 7 and 9 p.m. and Saturday mornings. No rehearsals on Memorial Day or the 4th of July weekend. A detailed schedule will be published in advance so performers can plan ahead. No one is required to attend ALL rehearsals.

The production is directed by Paul Warshauer who directed last year’s “Wizard of Oz” for T-Birds.Warshauer also directed “South Pacific,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the State Street Theatre, and many musicals, plays, and murder mysteries nationwide.

The music director is Maria Cuff who has participated in many local productions; set design by Kylie Rieke, and lights and sound by Nathan Thompson and properties by T-Bird Board members. Producers Kevin Caldwell and Jennifer Thompson encourage anyone who is interested to volunteer both on stage and backstage to help with costumes props, set construction ad set painting. Contact Jennifer Thompson (507-920-8690) or Kevin Caldwell (914) 649-5557 for details.

This production is presented by special arrangement with MTI, New York and through generous funding by Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and local sponsors.

Lunch and a Bite of History

with Bev, Bob Heise

NEW ULM — The Brown County Historical Society will present Lunch and a Bite of History featuring Bev and Bob Heise from the Heisey Glass Company on Thursday, June 6, at noon in the Brown County Museum Annex. Bev and Bob will lecture on the history of the Heisey Glass Company and its connection to New Ulm. The lecture will be followed by a presentation of the Heise’s personal collection of Heisey glassware. Those seeking more information can call 507-233-2620. The Brown County Historical Society is locates at 2 N. Broadway in New Ulm.

Tax payments due

NEW ULM — The first half of property taxes are due May 15. The Brown County Courthouse will be open until 4:30 p.m. May 15, to accept payment. Taxpayers will find a drop box in the Law Enforcement Center parking lot off Washington Street. To make a payment by phone, please call 1-877-690-3729. When prompted, enter jurisdiction code 2404. You will need to have your Bill number to make a payment.

Taxpayers have appreciated the direct payment plan for property taxes. With this program, your property tax payment is automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. We offer either quarterly or semi-annual plans. You can go online or call our office at 233-6613 to enroll for future payments.

Another service that taxpayers are taking advantage of is our email alerts for property taxes. With this free service, taxpayers are sent an email reminder ten days prior to the due date. To enroll email bctreasurer@co.brown.mn.us. Please put EMAIL ALERTS in the subject line.