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New Ulm Actors Community Theatre presents:

Minnesota ‘N’ice (It could be worse)

May 30, 2010
By Jeremy Behnke — Journal Staff Writer

NEW ULM - Although the middle of summer is fast approaching us and snow seems to be a distant memory, New Ulm Actors Community Theatre's (NUACT) production Minnesota 'N'ice (It could be worse) will have the audience taking a trip back in time to days of colder temperatures, at least for a few hours.

The musical comedy was written by Judy Sellner and Gerry and Carol Larson. The three talked about writing a musical production for many years, but finally in February of 2008 that talk became a reality.

The play is described as Minnesotan, "Scandhoovian," and German on the website www.minnesotaniceplay.com.

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The Cast of Minnesota ‘N’ice (It could be worse).

It's about the Minnesota phenomenon known as ice fishing, dealing with the many fish stories and the characters who invent them.

Sellner said that she wanted to write a play and she discussed the idea with Gerry and Carol Larson.

"About two and a half years ago, we talked about it, and we would talk and talk and talk and then go home and each do our own thing," said Sellner, who described herself as a coward when approaching the play-writing aspect. "We just decided that if we were going to do it, we were each going to do it then and we were reluctant to do it on our own."

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If you go...

What: NUACT play Minnesota 'N'ice (It could be Worse)

Where: New Ulm's Community Center located at 600 North German Street.

When: June 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and June 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at HyVee, CashWise or the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and at the door if seating is available.

Price of tickets are $7 for students and adults 65 and over and $9 for everyone else.

Sellner said it took a while to write because they were exploring something they had never done before. They chose to write about ice fishing partly because Gerry himself is an avid ice fisherman and it seemed fitting.

After about two years, the play was written and it was time to assemble a cast to fit the characters that they wrote about. Also, because it's a play about ice fishing, it naturally takes place during the winter months, meaning the characters have to dress warm even though the actual temperature on the stage doesn't necessarily fit the production. But the characters didn't seem to mind and were excited for the first presentation, which is at 7:30 p.m. June 3.

Some of the main characters include Ralph, Fred and Emma. As retired avid fishers, Ralph talks about the old days too much. Fred is laid back and married to Emma, who is described as tough, dominant and knows her business and rules the house.

Kyle, Sam, Roxie and Jessica are all students. Kyle is a party animal, professional student and jock know-it-all who lives off his parents' credit cards. Sam is nerdy and intellectual and Roxie is a tomboy. Jessica is described as beautiful but not very bright.

Professor Mackerally, Honest Oris, and Wanda are also main characters. Prof. Mackerally is a timid sociology professor, Oris owns the sports super store and would steal from his own grandmother and Wanda owns the bait shop. There are also several other characters to make the production more entertaining.

The play will be presented at New Ulm's Community Center located at 600 North German Street. Tickets are available and can be purchased at HyVee, CashWise or the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and at the door if seating is available.

Price of tickets are $7 for students and adults 65 and over and $9 for everyone else.

Show times are June 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and June 6 at 2 p.m. For more information about the play, go to the website www.minnesotaniceplay.com.

 
 

 

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