The play is being billed as western Minnesota musical theater adventure that follows a young Appletonian as he travels through time and races against the clock to save his love and his town from a scheming villain.
Hope Schmidt of KLQP plays the heroine, Damon, and her husband Andrew Schmidt of Farmers & Merchants Bank, plays the lead role of Pythias. Attorney Brian Wojtalewicz plays a villainous Richard Nixon while Paul Raymo of KLQP plays Governor Elmer Benson. F & M Bank’s Jim Massee plays Dr. Fountain and Rachel Bakeberg of the Appleton Vet Clinic plays the Reverend Glidden. Joan Fust of Shooters plays Maggie Ireland and her husband Barry Fust will run a Main Street popcorn stand as part of the performance. Local farmer an all around community volunteer Dale Lein plays farmer Charley Ireland. Appleton’s current Mayor Chad Syltie of West-Con plays the role of Addison Phelps -- the founder of Appleton.
There are dozens of other volunteers from Appleton (including several young students) who sing, dance, play music and work behind the scenes setting up each of the eight vignettes that will be performed over the course of two hours throughout town. The play is free. In the event of inclement weather, the entire event will be held at the 52 Wing in Appleton. To RSVP and get more information visit: http://thespiritofappleton.eventbrite.com.
The play was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Pioneer Public Television and the Appleton Chamber of Commerce are Community Partners in sponsoring the play.