Contact: Jodie Muller
North Star Community Services
Phone#: 236-0901, ext. 304
Email: jmuller@northstarcs.org

Spring News 2019

We were "Ogre-the-Moon" on June 5th!

“Shrek The Musical, Jr.," was held at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on June 5th. The show was seen by more than 2,400 people during two shows. The familiar story followed everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, who has learned the hard way that “people hate the things they cannot understand.” For many years he has protected himself by living as a recluse in a cozy cesspit. One day, his peaceful swamp is disturbed by new tenants: fairytale misfits – including Pinocchio, the Ugly Duckling, the Wicked Witch, Peter Pan, the Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and more – who have been banished from the town of Duloc by the villainous Lord Farquaad. To gain back his land, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue the Princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fierce Dragon. Setting off on the quest with his faithful companion, Donkey, Shrek begins the journey of a lifetime filled with adventure, romance, and comedy.

Shrek’s unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand ourselves and others. The moral behind this fun story is that we should all be proud of who we are and celebrate our individuality.

Volunteering his time and talents to direct the show is Mr. Greg Holt, and leading set design and construction is Mr. Bill Close. Playing the main roles will be volunteer J’Kalein Madison as Donkey, Russ Hamilton as Shrek, the role of Fiona will be shared by Chelsey Linza and Kylie Paton, and Lord Farquaad will be portrayed by Nic Lampe. Additionally, there are more than 80 actors in various supporting roles.

Joining the Waterloo cast and making their stage debut at the Gallagher Bluedorn will be five actors from North Star’s Waverly Center. The men are all playing the role of Knights who have spent years in the dragon’s keep. When asked about the show, the actors had these comments: Clarksville resident, Lynn Taylor related, “It's fun going to practice. My part is a knight. I do pretty good, yep, I'm ready for the big stage.”

Andy Lahr said, “I like meeting new people. I like being in the play because I was in musicals in high school. I am Knight #2 and I like to say the word incinerated in my lines. I hope to see a big crowd of my Waverly friends at the show at Gallagher (Bluedorn)!” Darren Tietz chimed in with, “Yes! I am excited, the play is really fun. It’s the first time ever that I’ve been in a play on a big stage. The practices help us learn the lines and get better. We are Knights and get to sing and dance. I hope all of my friends and family will be there.”

The other two Knights, Travis Folkerts and Chad Olson agreed, “I’m good. I like the singing and dancing. We’re excited and we have been busy, busy with practices.”

In 2008, North Star Community Services first conceptualized its inclusive theatrical project to bring together individuals with a wide range of abilities and skills in a new and fun way. Individuals served by North Star come together and work side-by-side with community volunteers to create and perform an outstanding full-scale theatrical production for the public. No small undertaking, the project will include more than 130 North Star participants, staff, and community volunteers. This was North Star’s seventh community theatre production.

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Did you know Waverly Center has a bell choir?

Several participants from North Star's Waverly Center perform bell choir concerts around the Bremer County area. A new fun facet to the shows is the addition of an "iPad Band," in which participants use the iPad to play different instrumental sounds. They are led by North Star staff member, Ray Dixon. The Bell Choir/iPad Band typically perform at different Christmas events, and also visit a few nursing homes throughout the year. If you are interested, you can schedule the Bell Choir to perform for your program at any time during the year. Contact the Waverly Center at 319-352-1425 for more information, or to schedule a performance.