Archive for Wednesday, July 18, 2001

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July 18, 2001

Vincent brings experience to musical production

The "Ballad of Black Jack" will return to this year's Maple Leaf Festival, and when it does, Carolee Vincent of Tonganoxie will be the director of the historical musical.

In previous years, Vincent has danced and acted in the show. Also, she has served as choreographer, directing 16 dancers. She has 20 years directing experience on the community theater and high school level.

Other Tonganoxie residents who have participated in the show include Karen Stephenson, the leading lady for nine years, and Nancy Gibbens, the leading lady for one year. Dot Ward also acted and sang in the show.

Don Mueller, who directed two musicals for the Tonganoxie Community Theater, wrote the Ballad of Black Jack, which from 1969 to 1983 was performed at Baker University. In 1986, the show was performed at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.

This year, the musical will take the stage in Rice Auditorium on the campus of Baker University.

The play, based on local history, culminates in the battle of Black Jack, which was fought five miles east of Baldwin with forces led by John Brown.

The show is being revived through the efforts of David Hiebert and Jack Gaumnitz, both of Lawrence, Ruth Payne, Baldwin, and Daniel Lambert, the president of Baker University. Mark Kirk of the Baker faculty will be the technical director and Cary Danielson will be the producer.

Mueller will play the piano and Gibbens will assist with the chorus.

The musical will be performed for the public at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20, and also at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21.

People in the area are encouraged to try out for singing and acting parts. Tryouts will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 and 26 in Baldwin and Lawrence. For more information, call Carolee Vincent at (913) 845-3622.

Area youths sweep classes at goat competition

Leavenworth County 4-H'ers won all the youth showmanship classes at the American Dairy Goat Association sanctioned show on June 30 and July 1 in Tonganoxie.

Winners were: Layci Sours, 15- to 18-year-olds; Tabitha Jacobs, 10- to 14-year-olds; Erin Sours, 7- to 9-year-olds; and Alyisa Miller, 7-year-olds and younger.

THS teacher participates in summer externship

Mark Mall, Tonganoxie High School teacher, is working at Sprint in Overland Park as part of the Educators in Business and Industry Summer Externship Program.

The program is designed for educators, who are placed in area businesses for three weeks, to obtain information about the workplace.

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