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So many made Opera Iowa’s performance possible

May 2, 2017 GMT

We had another successful appearance by the Des Moines Metro Opera touring group, Opera Iowa, at the Grand Theater Saturday.

Our special thanks goes to Tom Hayes of the Southeastern Community College Cultural Education and Linda Mullin of the Grace Bott Millar Foundations for sponsoring the programs by these young artists.

I personally wish to thank the volunteer stage crew that helped assemble the sets for the two shows, Victor, Chuck, Joe, Dan, Ed, Bruce, Bob, and Jim and to Peggy, Polly, and Rose Marie who helped with the luncheon for the performers.

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My special thanks goes to my good friend Dianne, the manager of the Grand Theater, who served as my events manager and spent the entire day at the theater as well as helping with the lighting system in the evening. Also thanks to Trystan Grisham who gave up his evening to be our lobby sitter.

Also, I must thank Mrs. Nicole Nemecek, principal at George Washington School, who coordinated the bussing of approximately 650 students from the Keokuk Public, Catholic and Christian Schools to the Grand for the children’s opera “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

As always, the children were enthralled by the show. We can be proud at how well behaved they were and the intelligent questions they posed to the singers. For many of them, it was a first time experience at the Grand.

The singers and musical staff were astounded, as always, to be performing in our wonderful the Grand Theater with accompaniment on the Steinway Grand piano. They are always surprised that our small town has such a wonderful venue. Thanks, too, to the Daily Gate City for their excellent publicity, and to KOKX for allowing me to promote this event on the radio, and the Keokuk Fine Arts Council for supporting it.

And thanks to the community for supporting it.

Prue Backlin

Keokuk

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