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Menominee Pageant Revival Holds Auditions


Curtain call

College of the Menominee Nation’s theater department invites the public to audition for cast and crew roles in this summer’s traditional Menominee Pageant. CMN faculty member Ryan Winn will again direct the production Winn continues to honor a promise made to Menominee elders by staging this traditional theater in the Woodland Bowl. Additionally, CMN, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Menominee Powwow Committee will return as fiscal sponsors.


This year the production will be “Legend of Spirit Rock,” which was originally written and staged by Joe Keshena in 1948. The script was then adapted by James Frechette and staged in 1960 and 1966. The show calls for actors of all ages to pantomime along with an original cast recording. CMN interns digitized the audio from reel-to-reel recordings that haven’t been played in public since the last staging over fifty years ago.


Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, in CMN’s Shirley Daly Hall room SD126 on the College’s Keshena campus, N172 State Hwy. 47/55. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights throughout June and July, with a full production week in August.