Rehearsals are underway at Theatre du Mississippi, with the production of Fiends, Schemes and Broken Dreams to take place at the Historic Masonic Theater on October 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm and October 14 at 3:30 pm. This second annual collaboration with the Winona County Historical Society is a historic play and a companion event to the Woodlawn Cemetery Discovery Walk. It tells the true stories of swindles and crimes, cheats and criminals that preyed on our Winona citizens in the 19th century. The script was written by Margaret Shaw Johnson with contributions by well-known Winona writers Lynn Nankivil, Ken McCullough, Fran Edstrom, Emilio DeGrazia, Mark Metzler, Dan Munson and Kathy Peterson.
Directed by David Coral, a member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival acting company with music direction by Betsy Neil, the work also features historic music and original music compositions by Brian Schellinger, aka B-Squat Woody who plays The Troubadour. Other cast members are: Ray Felton as Papa Joe Statts, Daryl Lanz as John Statts, Claire Richards as Elinor Williams, Marshall Goetz as JR Williams, Jeff Lueck as Horace Dibble and Dan Barr, as Eli, the mute saloon piano player!
Tickets are available at the Winona History Center and are $15.00 adults in advance or $18.00 at the door, and $7.00 for students. Open seating.