4-Algone, (la.) Upp«r On M«!n*t thuriday, Jan EDITOR'S NOTE : This column of Woman's World is a reprint from the Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1954 issue of the Algona Upper Des Moines. - o SHAKESPEARE, OR SOMEBODY, said that aii the world's a stage and all the people are actors in a play. Though I can't remember the exact quotation I've been in complete agreement with the gist of the statement during the past few weeks for the Cub Scouts have just presented their dramatic effort of the season, a skit at a pack meeting. It's been quite an experience. - o - USUALLY, AT PACK MEETINGS, our den has to sit back and admire the handicraft made by the other dens. We seldom have anything to show, for everything we make has a way of looking pretty shabby or else it falls apart before pack meeting. This is due entirely to the fact that Den Mother has absolutely no talent for thinking up things for the boys to make. Our papier mache has a way of staying grey and gobby, our tom-toms fail to make noise when beat upon and when we paint things we get more on the uniforms than we do on the projects. But we do have our assets. Among them are oodles of energy and enthusiasm plus quite a generous allotment of "ham." Therefore the play. - o - ANY PRODUCER OF CHILDREN'S theatricals knows that the larger the cast, the larger the audience, for parents are very apt to attend if "junior" is in it. With this in mind, we enlisted the cooperation of Helen Pratt's den of eight and nine year olds. Our den is composed of ten and eleven year olds, so we thought that with our advanced age and our experience in the theater it would be a snap to outshine the other den. But it didn't work out that way. The younger boys proved to be a regular gang of Barrymores. - o - FIRST WE HAD THE CAST and no play, which is putting the cart before the horse and, I'm sure, not at all the way they do it on Broadway. This is Algona's centennial year, you know, so what better theme could we use than early Algona ? Among the most prized possesions at our house is a two- volume set of Ben Reid's History of Kossuth County, bequeathed to us by my husband's grandfather, so they were earnestly read for a plot idea. In fact, so much time was spent doing the research and it proved so interesting that the play came very near not getting written at all. - o - THE FIRST IDEA WAS TO TAKE the audience back to 1854 and the founding of the town like they do on the "You Are There" program on television but it finally dawned that if we did, the first white child wouldn't have been born and there'd be very little action besides Ambrose and Asa Call staking out their claim. What's more there would be about eleven eager Cub Scout actors gypped out of a part. So the time was set forward ten years and it was July 10, 1864, the tenth anniversary of the founding of Algona. - o WITH THE MANUSCRIPT WRITTEN, the characters cast, the theater spoken for and the performance date scheduled, it was thought that the roughest part of the project was over. But have you ever tried to arrange convenient rehearsal times for 14 ' eight to eleven year olds ? Nowadays they have fuller schedules than society debutantes. Many of them take music lessons ; several play in the band. Four or five attend youth church instructions one night a week, several have evening paper routes and many of them spend Saturday mornings playing basketball. Don't get me wrong, all of these projects are highly worthy but they do make it next to impossible to get all 14 of them together at one time. - o - THERE WAS VERY LITTLE difficulty in getting the boys to memorize their parts. We of the theater call this being "quick studies." All it took at our house was to tell Bill he'd have to read through his part a few times before receiving permission to make a soap carving and he learned the whole thing in about .ten minutes. All of them had trouble talking loud enough to be heard, a difficulty that never seems to arise at any time excepting when you are putting on a play. - o - OTHER PROBLEMS WERE GETTING the actors to keep their fronts, not their back to the audience, impressing them with the importance of emphasizing what the author thought were the punch lines and some trouble with diction. The legislature proved an obstacle for one actor while another thought the town Oskaloosa was impossible to pronounce. And have you ever tried to say, "Foul tasting stuff' when handicapped by a missing front tooth, a slight natural tendency to lisping and an artificial moustache on your upper lip ? - o - THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE SHIFTING about in the cast of characters and another den was raided for a replacement. Then, at the very last minute, the dress rehearsal in fact, we had to get a boy to learn and enact a whole new part. But there were no cases of mumps, flu or chicken pox - any or all of which I was expecting at any time. - o - ON BROADWAY, THEY SAY A poor dress rehearsal indicates a good performance. Cur's couldn't have been more chaotic. The scotch tape wouldn't hold the beards on, the reporters didn't have microphones, some of the pioneers didn't have hats, and everybody seemed more interested in climbing the stage ladders and scuffling than they were in the big production. We weren't working for the Academy Award but it did seem a shame to have everything flop after we'd put so much work into it. - o PERFORMANCE DAY DAWNED AND with it the first big snow of the year. Meetings and the basketball game were called off because of the storm and it looked highly impossible that we would have an audience much less a successful play. Then things started happening. Laura Holcomb called and suggested vaseline and coffee grounds for beards; Wes Bartlett appeared with rubber cement to hold on the ones made of old doll wigs ; and out of closets and attics came hats for every boy who needed one. THE DADDYS AND MAMAS, THE brothers and sisters, and the Cub Scouts who weren't in the play put on their overshoes and filled up the house. The janitor at Lucia Wallace school moved in the piano and Wava Woodward was right on hand with a copy of the play for prompting, but she didn't have to say a word. » o - THE BABY BUGGY TIPPED over once backstage before the play started and we almost began before all of the actors had arrived but the boys settled down and did a good job. There were no apparent cases of stage fright except in the author* producer»director, and she had a bad case of jitters right up to the last song. GRACE HUNT'S TOMATOES •P 300 CANS $|OO HUNT'S TOMATO PASTE 2 6 OZ. CANS HUNT'S TOMATO SAUCE 8 OZ. 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Bride's attendants we re Sandra and Cheryl Cook, sisters of the groom, and Marcella Trapp, sister of the bride, and groom's attendants were Donald J. Cook, brother of the groom, Bill Moxley, Jerry L. Schnurr and Douglas C. Meyer. Ringbearer was Carl Trapp, flower girl was Donna Trapp and ushers were Walter J. and Louis Trapp. A reception was held at Redwood Inn, Danville, m. Judy Francis had the guest book, Mrs. Paul Trapp was in charge of gifts and Vickie Vogel cut and served the cake. The bride is a graduate of Georgetown High School and the University of Illinois and is presently attending San Francisco State College. The groom graduated from Algona High School and Drake University where he was affiliated with Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He is working on his master's degree at San Francisco State College and is also employed as a field auditor for the California Inspection Rating Bureau at San Francisco. Following a wedding trip to Hawaii, the newlyweds are making their home at Burlingame, Calif. Engagement Of LuVerne Pair Announced ELAINE SCHNAKENBERG Mr. and Mrs. TheesSchnaken- berg, LuVerne, announce the engagement of their daughter, Elaine, to Daryl Trauger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Trauger, also of LuVerne. Both are students at Iowa State University, Ames. Miss Schnakenberg is a member of Alpha Chi Omego sorority, is majoring in textiles and clothing. Mr. Trauger is majoring in zoology. Titonka Club Elects The Titonka Woman's Club met at the home of Doris Miller, Jan. 4, and elected new officers. Ethel Downs was elected president; Luella Givens, secretary; and Hazel Budlong, treasurer. KOSSUTH COUNTY'S FAVORITE NEWSPAPER1I 54th Wedding Date Observed By Iver Bergums SENECA - The children of the Iver Bergurns liunort-d their parents on their D4th \u;d'iiug anniversary by joining tlK'in for coffee Sunday afternoon. They also honored the Jim Dei-gums on their second wedding anniversary which was that day. The Iver Bergums were married Jan. 12, 54 years as;o. Their children and families include the Lloyd Eich<.;nbergers, Lakota, the Art Berlins, the Ray Ben r -um.s .uid Mrs. Julia Pettiecord. Jim Dory urn is their grandson. Yeoman 2/C Jim Bergum, his wife and baby son left Monday morning for Newport, R. I., after having spent a two-week holiday leave with their parents, the Raymond B^rfjums .UK) the Roy Muellers. The Senuca Thursday Club will hold its annual card party Thursday evening at the Lone Rock Legion hall. Husbands of the members will be quests. Funeral services won; held at the Esthervillo Lutheran church Friday afternoon for Elinor Lee, 09, a former Senecan, whose death Tuesday was ruled a suicide. Attending the services included Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilberg and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Halverson. Scottie Looft, three-year-old son of the David Loofts, submitted to a tonsillectomy Friday morning at the Holy Family hospital, Estlierville. Mr. and Mrs. August Nelson attended the wedding Dec. 15 of their daughter, Betty Nelson Moll, St. Charles, la., to John Saathoff, also of that area, at the Lutheran church at Martinsdale, la. Mr. and Mrs. Jens Petersen, Hayfield, Minn., were overnight guests Thursday at the Veil Smiths. Friday they called at the Cecil Baldwins. They attended fuac'ral services for Elmer Lee ui Estherville that afternoon. Jill Jensen, a student at Mankato Commercial College, spent the weekend with her parents, the Ted Jensens. Mrs. Lyle England and Mrs. Cecil Baldwin were hostesses at the Eastern Star meeting at Armstrong Monday evening. Mrs. Ted Jensen was hostess to the Jolly Jokers Club at her home Wednesday afternoon. Officers of the Seneca Stars 4-H club attended the Kossuth county 4-H officers training school held Saturday morning at St. John's High School, Bancroft. Attending were Linda Kracht, Anna Meriz, Barbara Andre and Aim Fortney. The Seneca Saddle Club held a tobogganing party Sunday afternoon at the Everett Withams for members and friends. Set CYO Finals The final games for the Sioux City Diocesan CYO Basketball Tournament will be held Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Municipal Auditorium in Sioux City. Classes A and B will have their consolation games in afternoon frays and the championship for each division will follow that evening. Teams entered from this area include Garrigan, last year's Class A Champion, and Bancroft St. Joan's.
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