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[SEPT. 12, 2001] “The
Princess Diaries," by Meg Cabot. Harper Collins Publishers,
2000, 238 pages.
Thermopolis is an insecure 14-year-old who goes to private school in
New York City and lives in Greenwich Village with her artist mother.
She worries about passing algebra, growing breasts and if Josh
Richter, the most popular boy in school, will ever "look into
her soul," as she expresses it. She has a best friend named
Lilly who has her own weekly cable show. She is also pretty sure
that she is the only one at her school without a date for the
Cultural Diversity Dance. To top everything off, her mother begins
dating her algebra teacher, Mr. Giannini. All this is to say she is
basically a happy teenager, but that is about to change.
parents met in college and never married. She has spent summer
vacations with her father and grandmother in France and never had a
clue about their royal status.
her father shows up unexpectedly in New York to talk to her about
something, she still doesn’t have a clue. She is aware that her
father had testicular cancer but was not aware that it meant he
couldn’t have any more children. It is this fact that changes Mia’s
finally tells her at the Plaza Hotel that he is the prince of
Ginnovia and she is his sole heir to the throne of Ginnovia, making
her the princess. He expects her to leave everything she has known
behind and move to Genovia and assume her duties.
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doesn’t take it well; in fact she really freaks out. She is angry
with her parents for keeping it from her, and she doesn’t want
anyone to know about it, not even Lilly. To further interrupt her
life, her grandmere, the dowager princess of Genovia, arrives in New
York for "princess lessons" and a makeover.
Mia’s cover is blown — by her grandmere, we later find out —
and the press shows up at her high school one morning. She now goes
from invisible to highly visible with her bodyguard, Lars, and her
also attracts the attention of the before-unattainable Josh, who
suddenly breaks up with his longtime girlfriend, Lana, and asks Mia
to the Cultural Diversity Dance. Of course, this turns out to be a
royal disaster, and Josh reveals his true self. The good thing to
come out of the dance disaster is the she discovers that the loyal
friend, whom she mostly ignores, turns out to be the real "Mr.
will enjoy the diary format because they will relate to her fears,
insecurities, failures and triumphs. It is like reading your best
friend’s journal. Cabot has a good grasp of the teen dialect. Her
off-the-wall humor will have you laughing out loud.
Disney movie that is based on the book is rated G, but the book is
more of a PG-13, because of language and sexual innuendo. This book
is recommended for age 13 and up.
more information, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217)
Harmon, Lincoln Public Library]
County Arts Association will join the celebration of Illinois Arts
7, 2001] Joining
an annual statewide celebration of the arts, the Logan County Arts
Association will host Classic Film Night on Thursday, Oct. 11, from
7 to 9 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater. Classic Film Night will feature
"Casablanca," courtesy of George Kerasotes Corporation.
The film is to be shown in its entirety, without commercial
interruption, on the big screen.
George Ryan has proclaimed Oct. 7-13 as Illinois Arts Week 2001.
"To reach out to the community and beyond, Classic Film Night
will be included in the Illinois Arts Council’s statewide campaign
to promote Illinois Arts Week," said Marshall Jacobs, president
of the local arts association.
Illinois Arts Week theme, ‘The arts are all around us,’ captures
the important message that the arts are present every day, in some
way, in our lives. Arts Week helps to focus our attention on all the
arts activities and programs that surround us in our
communities," said Illinois Arts Council Chairman Shirley R.
County Arts Association is pleased to be able to join the Illinois
Arts Council to be part of this statewide initiative," said
Jacobs. "We hope that the entire community and surrounding area
will take the opportunity to attend Classic Film Night and join the
exciting statewide celebration. "
to the local event is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children.
County Arts Association news release]
7 announces ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ auditions
5, 2001] Theatre
7, Decatur's Community Theatre, will be having auditions for the
first show of its 38th season, the comedy "Moon Over
Buffalo." Auditions will be at Theatre 7 headquarters, 131 N.
Water St. in Decatur, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 11 and 12, at
Jayson Albright and assistant director Rick Smith will be casting
four men and four women ranging in age from 20 to 60-plus. For more
information on the specific characters, check http://www.decaturnet.org/theatre7/what's.htm.
auditioning will be asked to read from a provided scene from the
dates are Nov. 2-4 and 9-11.
Jerry Johnson will also be accepting volunteers for a variety of
more information, call 423-2107 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 news release]
here for previous LDN posting about the production.]
in Logan County
Upcoming events and logo contest
1, 2001] The
Logan County Arts Association is a newly formed organization
dedicated to introducing all disciplines of the arts to our area.
From hands-on programs for children to classical music for adults,
the spectrum is broad and entertaining. Though it is still very new
and in the setting-up stages, the association has already scheduled
Magic, and More" by Mr. Tone, a professional clown, is geared
to children's activities and set for Sept. 29. Classic Movie Night
featuring "Casablanca" will open on Oct. 11. An afternoon
performance of classical Spanish guitar by Spanish-trained Chris
Culleton is scheduled for Dec. 16.
we don’t have," says Marshall Jacobs, director of the
association, "is an identifying logo that graphically shows who
we are! Here's where we hope you can be of help and have fun in the
association is sponsoring a contest in Logan County schools for a
logo the arts group can adopt. Jacobs says this challenge can be an
exciting art project for students in middle school and high school.
winner will be publicly recognized and receive a cash award and a
free membership to the association’s first-year activities.
should be sent to:
County Arts Association
S. Kickapoo St.
should be postmarked no later than Oct. 10 to be considered in the
judging. For more information, please contact Jean Gossett, (217)
at weekend fair receive awards
28, 2001] Eighty-one artists
had works on display Aug. 25 and 26 at Lincoln’s 28th
annual Art Fair. Artists came from eight states, and the
weather was very nice both days. The artists have always been
pleased with Latham Park setting and none said they would not be
returning. As usual, survey sheets were given to the artists.
The responses are yet to be fully evaluated, but there did
not seem to be any major problems. Co-chairpersons managing the
fair were Debra Short and Shirley R. Bartelmay.
Foster of Springfield — Wood
Davies of Osage City, Kan. — Jewelry
Aciro of Palos Park — Art in sawdust.
Scaife of Springfield — Pastel
Glowacki of Janesville, Wis. — Watercolor
Rosen of Wind Lake, Wis. — Photography
Janet Harris Memorial Award to the most creative painter was awarded
this year to Julie Purdum of Hanna City for her pastels.
Jaeger-Ashland of St. Ann, Mo., received the Best of Show award for
her printmaking. This award was sponsored by Lee Dowling of Lincoln.
mystery and musical to be on Decatur stage
31, 2001] Season
tickets are now on sale for the 38th season of Theatre 7
— Decatur’s Community Theatre. Call the Decatur Civic Center box
office, 422-6161, for more information. All shows will be performed
at the Decatur Civic Center Theatre. The following shows will be
presented as part of the coming season.
"Moon Over Buffalo" (comedy)
by Ken Ludwig
2-3 and 9-10, 7:30 p.m.
4 and 11, 2 p.m.
backstage farce about an acting couple in the 1950s who have one
last shot at stardom as a famous movie director is on his way to
Buffalo, N.Y., to see them perform. Misunderstandings and mistaken
identities pile up for loads of laughs. Written by the author of
"Lend Me a Tenor."
by Bodine Electric, Miles Chevrolet, Romano Company and Skeff
by Ira Levin
8-9 and 15-16, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
10 and 17, 2002, 2 p.m.
successful writer of Broadway thrillers is struggling to overcome a
"dry" spell when he receives a script from a student.
Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with
devilish cleverness that will hold you enthralled until the final,
startling moment of the play.
by Behnke and Company
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and lyrics by Cole Porter
by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse
12-13 and 19-20, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
14 and 21, 2002, 2 p.m.
deliriously witty festival of songs and rollicking humor unfolds on
a luxury ship making the Atlantic crossing in 1934, with a society
girl caught between her finance and her boyfriend, a nightclub
queen, a bevy of Times Square sirens and a slightly nervous
gangster. Songs include "I Get A Kick Out of You";
"Blow, Gabriel, Blow"; and "You’re the Top."
by Doug and Peg Schmalz and ADM Foundation
7 news release]
Lincoln Community Theatre website
Community Theatre’s website is up and available. The
site serves a number of functions, from providing information on
becoming a season ticket holder to showing what new productions are
being planned. Pictures from last season's productions are also
you are interested in joining a performance or just going to see
one, visit LCT’s website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html,
e-mail LCT at email@example.com,
or write to Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
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