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Did we CU at Giant Days this weekend? Check out the web

By Staff | Jul 14, 2008

One of the frustrating aspects of a weekly newspaper is that it does come out only once a week.

Sometimes we have breaking news that we want to get out to the readers, but we have to wait until the next issue goes to press.

That can be especially true with a weekend paper like the Register. It hits the newsstands Saturday mornings, after having gone to press on Friday.

This means any news which occurs over the weekend is going to have to wait until the next edition.

This weekend is a prime example, with Giant Days going on in Blue Earth. Our photographers will shoot literally hundreds of pictures of the event. Quite a few of those pictures will be in next week’s Register.

However, there is a place where they can be found before they are in print – the Register website. We plan on putting most of our photos on the CU portion on Monday.

If you want to see what happened over the weekend, check it out.

Already on Friday we were loading 160 photos from the Town and Country Players production of Beauty and the Beast. When you scroll through them, it is almost like being there.

I had a chance to catch the opening night performance of the show on Thursday. It was a definite 12 on the 10-point scale.

I sincerely hope you had a chance to see it. At $7.50 per ticket it was a bargain.

Once again the local actors have taken it to the next level. The one word that comes to mind is ‘professional.’

The singing was fantastic, with an orchestra that provided flawless accompaniment. All of the lead actors had strong voices, and that is crucial in any musical production.

I attended the performance with some family members from out of town. They asked how this much talent could be assembled in a small town.

The other comment was about the casting. All the actors were perfect for their roles, and we wondered how that could be done with a limited pool of people to choose from.

Of course, one of the actors is a professional. Mackenzie Caine is working on her career in New York. We can still count her as a local person, however, since she grew up in Blue Earth.

She was excellent in the part of Belle. The two male leads, Kurt Steinke as the Beast and John Stewart as Gaston, also had strong, excellent voices.

Actually all of the main characters performed well, with not a let down in talent down the line. My favorite was Nancy Willette as Mrs. Potts. Why? Because it was obvious that she was having so much fun doing the part. I asked her afterwards if that was true, and she said being in the play was a highlight for her.

If you were there, you know what I mean about it being a terrific show. From the costumes, sets and orchestra, to the lead actors and extras, everyone did a great job.

They deserved the standing ovation they received at Thursday’s opening night show.

Congratulations to Directors Nancy Steinke and Mike Ellingsen and the whole cast and crew on a job well done.

I can’t even imagine how many hours went into this production. It takes some dedication to give up nice summer evenings to go to rehearsals. Speaking from the audience’s point of view, it was worth it.

If you weren’t able to get to the musical, there might still be time. Although this paper has a Monday dateline, it hits the stands on Saturday morning. Perhaps you are reading it early.

If so, remember that there are two matinee performances, Saturday and Sunday. The last that I heard, they were not sold out.

Grab a ticket and go.

But if you miss out, remember, you can still catch most of the action by logging onto www.faribaultcountyregister.com and clicking on the CU site.

It is our way of being able to have more pictures available for our readers to view. For years I have taken way too many photos at events, knowing that I would only be using a few. Now I can post all of them for people to enjoy.

Whether you were able to be at Giant Days or not, check out the photos. Who knows, maybe there is a good one of you in there.

There are other changes in our website that are being implemented in the next few weeks. I invite you to check them out.

You never know what you might see.