I want to thank Fr. John Mary, ISJ for taking the 11:00am Sunday Mass this weekend so that I can head out early for Boscobel, WI (near Prairie du Chien) for the deacon ordination of Larry Schmitt from the Diocese of Madison. Both the Diocese of Madison and the Diocese of Superior are presently sending their men to our diocesan program for deacon formation. Larry is the first to be ordained. It will be a long trip to make it in time for the 3:00pm Mass with Bishop Morlino.
Well, the final week of rehearsals for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is here. The show runs Friday through Sunday next weekend. As I mentioned earlier, my character is Trevor Graydon, the head of Sincere Trust Insurance Company. Millie Dillmount applies for a job as head stenographer in the hopes of marrying her boss. She gets caught up in a mysterious disappearance of young women who are disappearing from the boarding house in which she is living. This Broadway musical is filled with fun songs, dance, and great comedy. Call or go online to order tickets at the Heyde Center for the Arts. It will be a little different entertainment from Country Jam and Rock Fest!
Finally, it is great news to see the local community come together to keep Stanley Theater alive! Modern technology is good but good things can become quickly outdated and at risk of being lost. I find this especially today with the arts and music. When it comes down to budget cuts in schools and local communities, it is often the arts and music that go first. I know that the Eslinger Family will continue to place their theater at the service of the community because of the generosity of the community itself. My favorite part of the story was that of Garrett Sonnentag who sold cookies and Kool-Aid in Menomonie (of all places) and raised $66 for the theater. Way to go!