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The INDEPENDENT, December 18, 2003
Successful debut for local theater group
By Karen Miller
LADDER OF ACHIEVEMENT
100% I did
90% I will
80% I can
70% I think I can
60% I might
50% I think I might
40% What is it?
30% I wish I could
20% I don’t know how
10% I can’t
0% I won’t
As this year ends and a new one begins, we’re looking for
those who will help us climb the ladder here at your Vernonia Se-
ist Gifts & Collec
r o nin
Holly Hillyer and Laura Brookins were involved in the shifting roles required for the North
Street Players production of A Christmas Carol.
The North Street Players, a and acting, the play progressed passed quickly and the $2.00
recently formed community the- smoothly to Scrooge’s awaken- plus a non-perishable donation
ater group, chose an old fa- ing on Christmas morning as a to Vernonia Cares bought a lot
vorite, A Christmas Carol, for changed man. Robb Wilson, as of entertainment.
their first production and put on Scrooge, gave a strong per-
The cast of the production
a rousing, good opening night, formance, though none of the included Tammy Argue, Jake
on Sunday, December 14.
actors gave less than strong Brock, Myles Brock, Ben
Vernonian G. Allen Ray adapt- performances. There were too Brookins, Laura Brookins,
ed and directed Charles Dick- many good lines and moments Larinda Botchie, Jessica Dahl,
ens classic tale of redemption of acting to mention.
Carrick Flynn, Connor Flynn,
and Christmas spirit. The pres-
With the play taking place in Lila Harrison, Sally Harrison,
entation was a “reader’s” rendi- the center of the Grange hall Holly Hillyer, Scott Laird, Jacob
tion with no sets or costumes, between facing rows of seats, Rice and Robb Wilson.
only well designed lighting, everyone had a good seat, right
The North Street Players are
lines to read and acting. This in the middle of the action.
actors of all ages, from grade
makes it easier to put on a pro-
The adaptation was imagi- school through senior citizen,
duction, but harder to pull it off. native enough to give new life with quite a few teenage play-
The Players did an ad- to a well-known tale while ers. If you missed this produc-
mirable job and ‘pulled it off’ maintaining the flavor and pow- tion, look for future efforts by
quite well, even bringing a tear er of the original. The two hours the North Street Players.
to an eye or two in the audi-
ence after Tiny Tim’s death in
the Christmas Future part of
Act I started off with the usu-
al cast jitters – some of the ac-
tors’ voices quivered just a bit
at first, gaining strength as they
Thank y ou f or
proceeded. Once they hit their
your P atronage
stride, they went on to finish
& F riendship,
without any noticeable prob-
lems or stumbles.
By use of lighting, movement
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CONGRATULATIONS to our quilt winner whose names were
drawn at our Bazaar on Dec. 7: Judy Cameron of St. Helens won
the beautiful quilt and Janne Potter of Vernonia won the cozy
afghan. Lucky ladies.
Don’t forget! 1/2 price sale throughout our thrift store the rest of
Also, join us at the Center for a New Year’s Eve gathering from
8:00 p.m. to Midnight on December 31.
For transportation to anywhere in Columbia County, also to
Beaverton, Hillsboro and Forest Grove, call Metro West here at
the Center. This is public transportation for alll. For rates, call the
Metro office here at 503-429-4304.
• Pastries and bread Wednesday and Saturday a.m.
• Bingo, Mondays at lunch.
• Music with the Golden Oldies on Wednesdays.
• Games on Thursdays.
• Willoughby Hearing every second Friday at 11:00 a.m.
• Sign language class Monday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
If you know of a senior who would like a visit from the Senior
Advocate or have any senior needs and concerns, call our office.
Senior Advocate... 429-9112
Senior Center....... 429-3912
Christmas Eve Service
The annual Vernonia com-
munity Christmas Concert will
be presented on December 20,
at 3:00 p.m. at the Vernonia
Christian Church, 410 North
The concert will include per-
formances by three groups – a
string ensemble, a choir, and a
band. The performers, amateu-
ur musicians of all ages, will be
directed by professional con-
This is a great opportunity to
discover, and enjoy, some of
the many talents in your com-
munity! Sponsored and organ-
ized by Vernonia Hands on Art,
the concert is free, though do-
nations will be gladly accepted.
The community is invited to
the First Christian Church for a
Christmas Eve service at 5:00
p.m. on December 24, at 410
North Street, Vernonia.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
invites you to celebrate the Mir-
acle of Christmas with us on
December 25 for mass at 10