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Irish storytelling March 15 Tricia Kelly and Mick Henneberry practice their performance “Two Irish Tellers” at Prairie Arts Center in Princeton. The stage will transform into an Irish Gentleman’s reading room, complete with pints of Guinness, warm blankets and stacks of books. The show is at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15 at PAC. NewsTribune photo/Lee Strubinger
PAC offers art classes this month
PRINCETON — In an ongoing effort to increase and enhance participation in activities at Prairie Arts Center, Prairie Arts Council will have classes and workshops throughout the year. Classes and workshops this month include jewelry-making, floral design and working with design techniques on fiber. The first class offered in March is a jewelry class. Students will create a necklace using a combination of antique beads and semiprecious stones. Instructor Kay Cushman will share her lifelong interest in collecting antique and Czechoslovakian beads. This class will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 12 and 19. Registration deadline is March 8. Cost is $30 for PAC members and $34 for nonmembers. A $25 supply fee is payable to instructor at the first class.
* “Spruce up your Spring Wreath” will be 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 14 and cost $15 for PAC members and $18 for nonmembers. Registration deadline is March 11. The instructor, Jane Ousec has more than 30 years of eperience as a craft artist. She trained as a floral designer at American Floral Art School in Chicago.
*“Fabulous Fibers Workshop” will be offered 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Students can learn from Salena Nelson how to create designs on fiber, including T-shirts. Rubber gloves will be furnished at class. Cost for this workshop is $28 for PAC members and $32 for nonmembers. Registration deadline is March 16. All classes and workshops are offered to high school-age students and adults. For information, call Prairie Arts Center at (815) 875-2787 or Deb Young at (815) 303-7444.
PRINCETON — The curtain rises for Prairie Arts Center’s comedy show “6 Rms Rv Vu” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
The title of “6 Rms Riv Vu” is New York Times shorthand for an available six-room apartment with a river view. Two fifty-something Manhattanites show up to look over the vacant apartment: Anne Miller (Karen Lesman of La Salle), a bored housewife, and Paul Friedman (Larry Kelsey of Peru), an unhappily married advertising copywriter. The door is accidentally locked, and Anne and Paul are left alone together....and that’s where the plotline — and their relationship — shifts into gear.
“This has been fun as my first experience directing. I couldn’t ask for a better cast,” Director Ken Schroeder said. “I have been very blessed with super-talented and experienced friends who were willing to come and help us with filling in the supporting roles that always make a show great.”
Newcomer Lesman said, “I have been feeling incredibly challenged by this role. It’s the biggest role I have ever had as I haven’t had many big roles as I have only done this, (theater) for about a year. I was really, really honored that Ken would trust this role to me. I’ve worked very hard to try to get this right.”
Kelsey also agreed that this show has been interesting, “I am having a fun time. It’s exciting and also terrifying having so many lines and everything but it’s a wonderful character to get into and it’s been a pleasure to get into the character and a pleasure to work with everyone in the cast.”
Supporting cast includes the crazy custodian, (Gary Talsky of Spring Valley) along with the neighbor, (Karen Rogers of Utica) and spouses, Janet (Jill Marti of Princeton) and Richard (Matt Gerding of La Salle.) Cameo appearances are made by Princeton’s Cheriz Kunkel as a pregnant woman and Anson Murray of Sheffield as her husband.
Producer for “6 Rms Riv Vu” is Dixie Schroeder. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved by leaving a message at Prairie Arts Center at (815) 875-2787. Tickets can be held at the door or purchased the nights of the show.
Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
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Funding positive, life-affirming efforts such as this is moving the community in the direction of peace, harmonic growth, and appreciation of our people. Peru and La Salle should consider shifting money to more non-competitive, non-violent activities. You get what you pay for, and it returns to you exponentially. Thanks to all involved in these types of events. There are many in the area who appreciate you.
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