Saturday, November 30, 2013

AARP Magazine Mentions NKA

NKA received mention in the October/November 2013 issue of AARP The Magazine. NKA member Jane Riley was among those interviewed about living affordably in Pocatello.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Readers Theatre: Vintage Radio Shows +

On October 24th, the NKA Readers Theatre group presented a set of vintage radio plays. The first selection was an episode of The Lone Ranger. Created by George Trendle, the series first aired in 1933 and lasted for 22 years. Fran Striker wrote most of the scripts, eventually adding the "silver bullet" and Tonto, the faithful companion. 
The Lone Ranger script, an episode entitled "Fear," provided parts for nearly the entire group of Readers.
The opening scene featured (left to right) Virginia Kelly as the dying Sheriff Jim Barnes, Dawn Keller as Dan, Ron Gill as Tonto, and Grant Thomas in the title role.
Barkeeper Audene Campbell (center) with a band of ne'er-do-wells.  From left: Linda Lindley, Kathy Priddy, Audene Campbell, Carole Hagler, and Linda Smith
Annette Neil as Judy (left), and the scheming banker Thomas, read by Karen Behning (right) 
Banker Thomas (Karen Behning) confronts his henchmen (Lois Wellard & Linda Smith)

The second radio play was the pilot episode of I Love Lucy. Lucille Ball had previously appeared as a sophisticated housewife on the radio show, My Favorite Husband, but the writers changed her character to be more child-like, scheming, and impulsive. This character became the Lucy we know today, and the comedy became more reliant on slapstick humor.
As these Readers delivered their parts, they occasionally broke into song. Left to right: Dawn Keller as Desi Arnaz, Linda Lindley as Lucy, Carole Hagler as Fred Mertz, and Kathy Priddy as Ethel Mertz.
Jane Riley (left) was the director for this month's performance. Sound technician Rosa Mena (right) provided theme music and a wide variety of complex sound effects, including gunshots, angry wasps, stampeding horses, and dripping faucets.
The Readers finished the afternoon's performance with a reminder that Halloween is coming soon. Donna Thomas (left) and Carol Nelson (right) read Woody Allen's skit, "Death Knocks," an encounter between a New York clothing manufacturer and The Grim Reaper.
Whether in the cast or part of the audience, 
a good time was had by all!

The next Readers Theatre performance is scheduled for November 21st. Watch for the announcement emailed to all NKA members.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Readers Theatre: The Thurber Carnival

The NKA Readers Theatre group chose selections from "The Thurber Carnival" for this season's first performance. Four pieces from James Thurber's collection of humorous stories were converted into scripts to provide roles for 17 of the Readers.
First up was "The Night the Bed Fell," with Readers Theatre newcomer, Grant Thomas, as the narrator.
Grant Thomas and Karen Behning
The second selection was "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," with director Ron Gill in the title role.
Ron Gill, Jean Lazusky, and Jane Riley
 Virginia Kelly, Linda Lindley, and Ron Gill
"The Unicorn in the Garden" was the third selection, and the afternoon's performance was topped off by "The Macbeth Murder Mystery," read by Carol Nelson and Cheryl Lyda.
Rosa Mena worked her FX magic and provided sound effects for the readings.
Jean Lazusky, Jane Riley, Carol Nelson, 
Dawn Keller, and Cheryl Lyda

The next performance on October 24 will be a twin bill of vintage episodes of "The Lone Ranger" and "I Love Lucy."  All NKA members and friends are invited to attend!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Speakers Luncheon: ISU's School of Performing Arts

Idaho State University's School of Performing Arts Theatre/Dance recently hosted New Knowledge Adventures at a speaker's luncheon in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Guest speakers included Dr. Norm Schroder, director of The Philadelphia Story, Trent Clegg, former masters student who wrote his thesis on Edward Stevenson, and Tara Young, head of the costume design for the Department for ISU School of Performing Arts. NKA's own Jane Riley was the hostess for the event.
Left to right: Trent Clegg, Tara Young, Jane Riley, and Dr. Norm Schroder
NKA members enjoyed a delightful meal and listened to presentations regarding the upcoming performance of The Philadelphia Story. They also learned about Edward Stevenson, a costume designer in Hollywood who was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. Stevenson’s costume designs will be featured in the upcoming play.
Stevenson, along with Edith Head, received an Oscar in 1960 for The Facts of Life. He also designed costumes for many famous actresses including Lucille Ball, Susan Hayward, and Maureen O’Hara. ISU's Oboler Library is now the home of a special collection of Stevenson’s work, along with sketches of costumes and many famous actresses. 
Stevenson was born in 1906 and grew up on Garfield Avenue, in the same block with the Kasiska house and the Minnie Howard house. Stevenson is buried here in Pocatello in Mountain View Cemetery, close to the Brady Chapel.
Other guests included Dr. Thom Hasenpflug (pictured above, in the yellow shirt), who is the department chair for the School of Performing Arts, along with Michael Helman, Brett Harwood, Vanessa Ballam, Chad and Jamie Gross, Gabby Kane and Luis Rodriquez. 
Kathy Stevens, Linda McDonald and Wendy Hall were among the 62 NKA members at the event.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fall 2013 Semester Off to a Good Start

On August 7th, NKA kicked off the Fall 2013 semester with the annual coffee at The Clarion. A record crowd was in attendance, with old and new NKA members eager to renew acquaintances and see what the new catalog had to offer.* 
They weren't disappointed. There are over 100 exciting classes and activities designed to foster our retirement community's continued intellectual and cultural growth.
Long-time staff member, Shirley McElprang, and Gary Keirn, a new staff member as of last year, welcomed everyone with big smiles.
This year's NKA President, Marjean Waford (foreground), moved among the tables, greeting NKA participants.
Judy Liday (above) and Connie Howell (below) tackled the generous brunch buffet before settling in to examine this year's course offerings.
When asked what they were particularly looking forward to this year, many NKA members said that while they hadn't yet had a chance to look through the catalog, they were planning to sign up for a full slate of classes.
Joan Juskie (left) immediately replied, "Travel," referring to the numerous group trips planned. Ann Rogers (right) added, "Learning new things."
Barbara Fenwick (right) echoed the "travel" excitement, while George Oyama (center) and Dorothy Schugt (left) expressed eager anticipation of the return of popular presenter Dr. David Adler.
John and Karen Meiners (second and third from left) and friends discussed this year's plans for the Snake River New Horizons Band.
Ardith Moran, Fit & Fall Proof instructor, promoted a "train the trainer" class sponsored by the Southeastern Idaho Public Health office.
Other NKA members in attendance included:
Lois Wellard, Audene Campbell, and member-presenter Sue Skinner
 Allan and Kathy Priddy
 Jeanne Davis and Betty Lochridge
Joyce DeGarlais and Maureen Hendricks
Melvin and Barbara Nicholls and Pauline Havens

Come join the fun! NKA's contact information and a link to the catalog appear in the sidebar to the right of this post. 

*NKA Catalog cover photo by Ralph H. Fry

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Readers Theatre Wraps Up Season 1

Readers Theatre participants celebrated the end of their first season of performances with a potluck dinner. Audene Campbell arranged for us to meet in the hospitable atmosphere of the Cedar Hills clubhouse, where we enjoyed an evening of good food and relaxing conversation.
Kathy & Allan Priddy, Mary Anne Hoffmann, 
and Carol Nelson smile for the camera.
Lois Wellard samples a slice of yummy beer bread.
Strongman Allan Priddy opens a jar for Donna Jordahl.
Carol Nelson and Kathy Priddy fill their plates 
from a variety of delicious potluck choices.
It wasn't entirely about the food; 
Mary Anne Hoffmann and Jane Riley share a laugh...
...and a few diehards topped off the evening 
with several hilarious rounds of Taboo.

The Readers Theatre group is already making plans for next season. Watch your email for announcements of performances. We hope to see you in the audience!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Readers Theatre Celebrates Idaho's Sesquicentennial

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Idaho Territory, and NKA's Readers Theatre group performed songs and readings taken from journals and biographies of some of the original Idaho territory denizens. Officially organized on March 4, 1863, by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, the Idaho Territory existed until July 3, 1890, when the final extent of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Idaho.
This month's director was Jane Riley (above, far right). Readers included (from left) Audene Campbell, Jean Anderson, Linda Lindley, Ron Gill, Kay Brown, Carole Hagler, and Lois Wellard.
Other readers included (from left) Dawn Keller as Kitty Wilkins, Rosa Mena as Polly Bemis, Virginia Kelly reading The Legend of Molly B'Damn (Maggie Hall), Donna Jordahl as "Cowboy Joe," and Ann Adams as Jean Hazel.
The four voices of Emma Just (from left): Lucille Linford, Donna Tilley, Mary Anne Hoffmann, and Carol Nelson.

A special guest, author Jean Davidson, spoke about her book, Molly B'Damn: The Silver Dove of the Coeur d'Alenes, which is based on the experiences of Maggie Hall. Ms. Davidson writes under the pseudonym, "A. Jaydee."

The program concluded with everyone--including the audience--singing the State song, "Here We Have Idaho," accompanied by Linda Lindley on the keyboard.