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Play board games at Lincoln Public Library

[JAN. 18, 2002]  Bored with winter? Lincoln Public Library presents "Board Games Rodeo" from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday through March 23 in the Pegram Community Room.

If you are high school age through adult, you are invited to come and compete against your fellow "boardmeisters" in games of Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, chess, checkers, Chinese checkers, backgammon, Trivial Pursuit and Yatzee. Remember to bring your gameboard so everyone can participate.

Tri-County AmeriCorps volunteers serve as referees.

Light snacks are served.

For more information about this program, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217) 732-8878 or 732-5732.

January entertainment at The Restaurant at the Depot

[JAN. 10, 2002]  Upcoming entertainment in the lounge at The Restaurant at the Depot for the month of January:

Jan. 18 - 19

Friday, Jan. 18 Thomas Anthony Quinn, acoustic folk-rock guitar and vocalist

Saturday, Jan. 19 Ed Clark, piano

Jan. 25 - 26

Friday, Jan. 25 Eleanor Gunderman, piano

Saturday, Jan. 26 Thomas Anthony Quinn, acoustic folk-rock guitar and vocalist

‘Peace Like a River’

[JAN. 16, 2002]  "Peace Like a River," Leif Enger, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001, 313 pages.

This week’s book on review is the debut fiction novel "Peace Like a River" by Leif Enger. It is a beautifully executed tale that succeeds in doing what so few novels of late have accomplished — it captures the reader’s attention and keeps it.


"Peace Like a River," is about a miraculous man by the name of Jeremiah Land and his three children: Davy, Swede and the narrator, Rueben. The Land family’s ordinary yet extraordinary existence is turned upside down on the day two intruders, bent on destruction and armed with a baseball bat, sneak into the Land home. Young Davy levels his Winchester and kills both young men.

Davy is arrested for the crime and put on trial. During the trial he escapes and flees on horseback. When Jeremiah decides to set out in search of his son, he sells all of their possessions and buys an Airstream trailer. He packs up Swede and Rueben, and the adventure begins. The story chronicles their search for Davy and their relationships and encounters along the way.

Nine-year-old Swede chronicles their adventures in the most comical way. She imagines herself to be the writer of paperback Westerns and, on a beat-up typewriter, parallels their search for Davy to the exploits and adventures of characters in her most recent Western in progress.


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Eleven-year-old Rueben has a love and respect for life that gives him a bit of wisdom well beyond his years. This may be due to the fact that he has debilitating asthma or perhaps to his witnessing of the miraculous deeds his father appears to unknowingly and effortlessly perform.

"Peace Like a River" is entertaining, adventurous, humorous and cozy. At the conclusion of the book, I found myself anticipating the next one.

This book is Leif Engers’ first novel. He was raised in Osakis, Minn., and has worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio since 1984. He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and two sons.

For more information about this book or others, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217) 732-5732.

[Bobbi Reddix, Lincoln Public Library]

‘Deathtrap’ cast chosen

[JAN. 18, 2002]  Director Anne Thompson and assistant director John Dunn have announced the cast for "Deathtrap," the second show of Theatre 7’s 38th season. "Deathtrap," by Ira Levin, will be presented at the Decatur Civic Center Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 17.

The cast includes Peter Kareotes as Sidney Bruhl, Mary Wilking as Myra Bruhl, Jeff Cowgill as Cliford Anderson, Missy Grohne as Helga Ten Drop and Lonn Pressnal as Porter Milgrim.

In the drama, a 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 the audience enthralled until the final, startling moment of the play.

The Theatre 7 production is sponsored by Behnke and Company, Inc.

Tickets are on sale to the public at the Decatur Civic Center Box Office, 422-6161.

[News release]

LCT looking for summer staff

[JAN. 3, 2002]  Lincoln Community Theatre is looking for talented people to assume the paid positions of artistic director, technical director and musical accompanist for each production of the 2002 summer season.

The LCT board will have interviews for these positions by appointment on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln.

Interested individuals may write to LCT secretary Roger Boss, 521 Comet, Lincoln, IL 62656, or call (217) 732-8762 for information or to set up an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled through Jan. 25.

Scheduled for the coming season are "Hello, Dolly," June 14-22; "Dearly Departed," July 12-20; and "The King and I," Aug. 2-10. All performances will be produced in the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the Lincoln College campus. A scheduled six-week rehearsal period plus one week of technical preparation in the theater prior to the performance is required by board policy for each production.

It is the responsibility of the director to hold open tryouts, cast the show, schedule rehearsals, supervise all staff members, work within his or her budget, and see that the show comes as close to artistic and technical perfection as possible. At the interview, director candidates will be asked to include necessary staff personnel to assist them and be able to suggest ideas about sets, costumes, special effects and any other technical aspects of the production that they may deem advisable.


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The technical director, operating under the direction of the artistic director, is responsible for the building and completion of the set and recruitment of any staff needed. He or she is also responsible for striking the set and returning everything to its appropriate place after the final production.

It is the responsibility of the accompanist to accompany all auditions, rehearsals and performances. He or she is under the authority of the director. At the interview, musical accompanists will be asked to perform a short selection that best displays their talents.

The LCT board maintains the rights of censor with regard to appropriate material selection.

[Judy Rader, LCT publicity chairman]


Lincoln Community Theatre information

Lincoln Community Theatre’s website is at Pictures from past productions are included.  The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln, IL  62656.  E-mail:

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