Thursday, January 19, 2017

Metamora Thespian Society Prepares for "The Fantasticks"

My husband and I had the privilege of meeting a wonderful individual last night. He is a local teacher at Metamora Township High School and is involved with the Metamora Thespian Society, Curt Rowden. Curt has been a part of the Metamora Community his whole life. He grew up here and he and his wife Anita raised their own family in Metamora. Curt was in the Navy and also worked for the postal service for many years, and after retiring obtained his 2nd Bachelors Degree this one would be in Communications Studies Education.

Curt knew he wanted to do something that would impact young people’s lives. Becoming an English teacher at MTHS was a great next step. Curt is also involved in being the Speech Team coach, helping to build the sets for the Fall and Spring plays at the school, and every Spring he puts on a drama in the main study hall Room 200. In addition to his involvement with school activities, Curt is a large part of the Metamora Thespian Society. This is a group of local people that love the theater and being a part of that wonderful art.

Curt has known the Ring family who owns Metamora Fields for many years. Metamora Fields has a beautiful golf course and lovely banquet facility. The Metamora Thespian Society had used the venue for their performance in 2015 of Forever Plaid. This year the group will be doing the long time running hit musical The Fantasticks. It is your basic boy meets girl, loses the girl, gets her back and people sing a lot kind of show. It will be a dinner theater and the tickets are $35.00 per person. The doors will open at 6 pm and buffet will begin, and the show will then start at 7:30. Contact Metamora Fields for tickets and any other information about this event.

During our interview, Curt mentioned “The Metamora Thespian Society is a valid institution with the state of IL, they have a board and a constitution. But we are looking to expand to have a bigger umbrella of arts to be under. Would like to have a Metamora Area Performing Arts Society.” I think that sounds great! If you are interested in becoming involved in the thespian society contact Curt Look for his posts on Facebook for auditions and other information.

This was one of my favorite people I have met this year so far. He is so interesting and has a unique way of speaking. I would love to be in his class, and I am guessing his students have to feel the same. I can not wait to see this show!

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