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Library program hosts auditions for theater production despite funding cuts

 

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MADISON CLAUSEN, Abby Terzano and Brett Daniels listen as director Mary Hansen explains how to fill out audition sheets for the drama group at Ironwood’s Carnegie Library Tuesday.

IRONWOOD — Despite Ironwood Township’s decision to cut nearly $14,200 in funding to Ironwood Carnegie Library Monday, youth programs continued on Tuesday, with the 25 members of the grade six-12 drama group formally auditioning for a production slated at the Historic Ironwood Theatre on Dec. 10.

Mary Hansen and Gene Goss have been directing the group of budding thespians since mid-September, Goss said. They will perform “Crimson Parasol,” “Henny Penny,” and “Bremen Town Musicians.”

“It’s an opportunity for them to take risks and learn things about themselves,” Hansen said. Some are learning that they want to be behind the scenes, and some are learning that they’d like to be onstage as someone they’re not.

Six hundred thirty area children from kindergarten through grade six will attend the performance, with two schools yet to confirm, said Hansen, so the drama group may have to schedule two performances. The theatre is donating the space for the group’s performance.

The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Roles will be assigned by Thursday, and Helen Fashbaugh will work with the group on vocalizations then as well, Hansen said.

Tuesday at 4 p.m. is the next library board of trustees meeting. Elaine Erickson, library director, said that she was “saddened” by the township’s decision to cut funding, but expects to know more about imact to the library at the board meeting.