For The Globe-Gazette

Final preparations are under way for the Iowa River Players' production of "Lily, The Felon's Daughter." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 and 28, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct 22 and 29, at the Rowan Community Center on Broadway Street.

The play is directed by Luanne Krabbe, with assistance by Linda Trager.

"It's touching and witty as well as silly, just an old fashioned melodrama," said Krabbe, explaining why this play was chosen.

"Lily, the Felon's Daughter" takes place at the turn of the last century, and tells the sad but silly story of Lily Fairweather, played by Clarion-Goldfield student Yulia Hedinach, and Lily's sweetheart Compton, played by Jason Arends, a senior at Belmond-Klemme.

Craig Bale plays Craven Sinclair, the sneering, leering villain, who thwarts the couple's plans for everlasting bliss. Compton succumbs to Craven's temptations to forgery and embezzlement, and fleeing arrest, he heads west, leaving his father to go to jail for his crimes.

Other cast members include Pete Gardner and Sheila Ruka as Lily's parents; Dr. AJ Kollasch as villain Robin Steel; Trese Arends as Miss Ophelia; Steven Schnell as Lord Montmorency; Annie Avery as Mrs. Kinsley, Marilyn Korth as Mrs. Bloodgood, and Tana Boyington as the French maid, Marie. JoAnn Skyrme is the accompanist.

The last production in Rowan was "The Goof of Gopher Gulch" in 1960.

Cleaning, painting, lighting and building crews include Lee Jenison, Russ Talbot, Dale Arends, Larry Aldrich, Janet and Tina Lich, Gary and Sue Berkland, Molly Ketchum, Criss Gilbert, Mark Schmit and Roger Asmus. Wilma Aldrich, Ed McCoy, Dixie Miller, Lu Fink and Lynne Aldrich have been hunting for props, while Dr. Al Kollasch made stage money on his computer. Kaitlyn Huisinga will perform the specialty numbers at intermission and is also in the cast of the Clarion High School production, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Karla Pals, Becky Full, Dale Arends, Kathy Schnell, John and Ann Schneckloth created the scene designs. Costumes are by Joyce Erickson, Colleen Johnson, Denise Gronback and cast members. Kris Vink, theater historian, designed publicity shirts, and Inez Pasquariello assembled the play's table tent. Hairstyles and stage makeup are by Rhonda Morris and Shari Kinseth.

Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult admission. Tickets may be purchased at Millie's Hallmark, Clarion Monitor, Dows Advocate or at the door. For more information, call Kathy Schnell, (641) 444-3649.

"Eyes lit up when we talked about this theater project," said Krabbe. "We're dedicated to bringing the highest quality possible to this event. Generous commitments of time and energy have gone into the renovation of the Rowan Community Center."

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