Just one more little post about Dearly Departed. Thanks to the stellar cast and crew for welcoming a civilian into your theater community, especially my long suffering “wife” Theresa Knox who made it easy and so much fun for me. Thanks to Pat & Lana for the invitation and to Kathy and Nicole for the encouragement. Y’all rock!
It’s one of my very favorite quotes. “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” It’s most often attributed to celebrated Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean. Supposedly they are the last words he uttered on his death bed before kicking the bucket.
I’ll be find out a little something about both dying (on stage) and comedy on Friday night. Some of us usual suspects have been asked to play a part in the Firehall Theatre’s next comedy, Dearly Departed.
About all I know is that I play a character by the named Bud Turpin, that I’ll be dying very early on in the play and that I’ll have a minimum amount of rehearsal time to prepare my death scene before the show. Then I turn the role over to Dave Paukert Saturday night. Ryan Bakken of the Grand Forks Herald graces the stage opening night on Thursday. UND President Robert Kelley will die during the course of the play’s run. So will Chuck Haga, both Grand Forks and East Grand Forks’ mayors and many others.
Dearly Departed opens Thursday and runs through March 1. There’s a list of Bud Turpin character actors, death dates and ticket information at www.ggfct.com.
In lieu of flowers, please buy tickets.
I’ll take a look back at Channel 8 through the years and News Director Julie Moravchik will show you what we’re up to today and what we’ll be up to in the days to come.
Again, that’s Friday on WDAZ News 5, 6 & 10.
Astute WDAZ News @5 viewers will have noted someone new sitting next to me on the broadcast in the past week or so. New to some, at least.
Actually, Jennifer Dame worked at WDAZ several years ago as a reporter. Now she’s back as a producer, anchor and reporter, not only for News @5, but also for our other news programs as well. She’ll be filling in for Stacie at the desk from time to time, but also working behind the camera every day to make our news programs better.
Jen is smart, funny and fun. She knows our region. And she laughs at my jokes (so far, at least).
We’re very happy to have her with us. She’s going to be a great addition to Your Home Team. You’ll see.