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“Practice Makes Perfect(ly Marvelous)”

Tuesday August 30th 2022
From the messy desk of Amanda Eichstaedt

I am tired…

But I feel pretty good. After weeks of rehearsals, The Miser opened on Saturday, August 27th to a nice full crowd at St. Columba’s in Inverness. It has been two years since live theatre has been produced due to our buddy COVID. When KWMR Board Member Sharron Drake tapped me to see if I would participate, I gladly accepted. Sharron knows what she is doing with theatre and guides a spirited group with a gentle touch and humility. Perfect qualities for a producer.

Elise, Cleante, Harpagon., Mariane, and Frosine.  photo: Kim Jackson

Thankfully I have minimal lines, but my participation is required throughout the play, so it is a good idea for me to pay ATTENTION so that I don’t miss a cue. I have read through the entire script during most rehearsals and watched from the stands when I could. It has been a fascinating “people watching” opportunity to see how different people embody and remember their lines and positions. 

I cannot wear my glasses on stage since they don’t look like they are from the 1800s. That is fine, it makes the audience a nice colorful blur. I can see well enough to not cause problems. We performed to two full houses this past weekend, and tickets are selling online HERE. However, if you miss that boat, feel free to walk up with some cash in hand and enjoy the play.

Big thanks to St. Columba’s for hosting this merry gang of actors, as well as for handling the “doors” and the refreshments. You can pre-order delicious Bento Boxes by Yuko HERE, to enjoy during the play. Remember, it might be hot, or it might be cold, so layer accordingly, because it might even be hot and cold. Heidrun Mead is also a sponsor of the refreshments.

If you missed the opening weekend you can still see the play over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – all performances are at 4pm. Park on Sir Francis Drake and walk in to the beautiful amphitheater. If you need to drop off and pick up someone who needs assistance due to mobility issues, just let the folks at the gate know. It is supposed to be a warm weekend, but those triple digits are unlikely to happen here, and while 85 is warm, it’s not 115 degrees.

My hat is off to the cast and Stage Manager/Director of this play. Such talent, such grace, such kindness. The play is funny, moves along at a swift pace, and the costumes are absolutely stunning! Speaking of my hat, it is held on with the help of no fewer than 20 bobby pins.

So while I may not be able to see you at the play, you will be in for a treat!

And KWMR Board service isn’t just for kids! Might you be interested in throwing your hat into the ring and performing some radio station governance? The KWMR Board wants to hear from you!  Ask any board member, our meetings do not run long.

Youth Board Rep?
And….if you are a youth, or you know of a youth that might be interested in serving as a KWMR Youth Board Representative, please apply now for the coming school year! We had such a delightful experience with our very first Youth Board Reps – Elena Rodoni and Sophia Buckholtz, and we look forward to new reps in the fall! Application is HERE.

Thank you for reading our newsletter and for your support of KWMR!

Amanda Eichstaedt
KWMR Station Manager and Executive Director