A column by Anne M. Dunn
A young friend, who calls me Nokomis (grandmother), extended my 75th birthday celebration by taking me to see “Hello Dolly!” at the former Chief Theater, Bemidji. MN. His 6th grade daughter was in the cast and they have both been in several other community theater productions.
It was perfectly scrumptious from where we sat. The costumes were luscious, the music delicious, the plot delectable and the characters served Dolly on a delightful platter of talent and enthusiasm.
I saw the non-musical production, entitled “The Matchmaker”, with Shirley Booth in the lead role, 1958. Undoubtedly I saw it in the old Lyric Theater, Cass Lake, MN. The theater was demolished and in it’s place the Diabetes Fitness Center has been constructed.
Above the theater was the hotel, below were the laundry facilities and behind was the shoe repair shop. In fact, the wrecking ball has eradicated three of those four corners. All that remains is the Old Cass Lake Times building. Well, as Grant Utley used to say, ”Time marches on, but not very far.”
Hello Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce “The Merchant of Yonkers”.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.