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Before there were spotlights and solos… there were homilies and hymns!

Written by: Anna Olson

The Byng Community Theater was not always home to ASPI and their theatrical performances. The building used to be St. Louis Catholic Parish and its history goes all the way back to 1909.

It all began as a mission church of St. Patrick’s in Stiles. Father Philip St. Louis, who was pastoring in Stiles at the time, came together with 13 other families to begin organizing the first Catholic Parish in Abrams. In 1910, services were being held in a hall above the general store and it wasn’t until the fall of 1911 that the church on Maple was built. Unfortunately, on Sunday February 6th, 1927, a chimney fire destroyed the church. But the congregation came together and rebuilt the church, and in August 1927 it was blessed by the Bishop of Green Bay.

In August 2003, ASPI held their first show, Emmerella, at the Abrams Town Hall. Then in 2007, ASPI found their future home, the St. Louis Church. The building was acquired and the crew was busy making updates to create their theater. This included remodeling to create a stage, a backstage area, and a concession stand.

On October 24th , 2008, ASPI held their first production, Unwrapped, in their new theater.

When you walk into the theater, you can still see and feel the history of days gone by. But the theater is constantly looking for ways to improve and maintain its valuable presence in the community. Recent updates include a fresh paint job; a new and improved control booth for sound, lighting, and projecting; the addition of modular set booms (see past blog post); and more future updates to be announced.

Come and check out the theater on August 4th-6th and the 11th-13th for ASPI’s latest production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Tickets are on sale NOW! For more information on the show or to order tickets, go to www.abramstheater.com or call the box office at 920-826-5852.

 

Pictured:

Top left- the old paint job, remember the stars?

Top right- St. Louis Catholic Church mass, date unknown

Bottom- the new paint job completed June 2017

 

 

She said what? : A Steel Magnolias Trivia Contest

ASPI is proud to present their production of Steel Magnolias, where you can take a trip to Truvy’s beauty shop and visit with six resilient women as they experience life’s ups and downs with laughter, tears, and the power of friendship.

Meet the ladies:

M’Lynn- She is the family matriarch who cares deeply for the well-being of her family.

Shelby- She is the daughter of M’Lynn and is considered the prettiest girl in town.

Truvy- The beauty shop owner who has a personality with style and sass.

Annelle- The young newcomer who is looking to find a fresh start.

Clairee- The proper yet witty wife of the former mayor.

Ouiser- While she is a wealthy curmudgeon, she is equal parts eccentric and lovable.

Instructions for the contest: 

Whether you are an avid fan or just meeting the ladies for the first time, here is your chance to score 2 tickets to a performance of ASPI’s production of Steel Magnolias. To enter, submit your answers to which character said which quote in the form below.  All correct entries will be entered for a chance to win 2 free tickets to a performance of your choosing.  The drawing will take place June 22nd!

  1. Because I have a strict philosophy that I have stuck to for fifteen years… There is no such thing as natural beauty.
  2. Pink is my signature color.
  3. A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste.
  4. We can sell T-shirts saying “I Slapped Ouiser Boudreaux!” Hit her!
  5. I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
  6. Today is very special. And my work tends to be too poofy when I’m nervous. Does your dress have to go over your head?
  7. As somebody always said, if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me.
  8. I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for forty years.

You must correctly guess the author of the quotes for your chance to win.  Enter your answers in the form below!

Are you interested in being a part of the show?  Auditions will be held June 6th or 7th 6pm-8pm at The Byng Community Theater.  Backstage volunteers are also needed- please contact the theater if you would like to be involved!

Steel Magnolias will be presented August 4-6 and August 11-13.  TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY JUNE 3rd!!   For more information on the show or to order tickets, go to www.abramstheater.com or call the box office at 920-826-5852.