2014 Synchronized Swimmers

The first Performing Arts project began in the winter of 1995 when board members contacted performers from the area and asked them to participate in a Community Variety Show that would be a fund raiser to help bring art programming to the area. The council greatly appreciated the cooperation from those we contacted. The show was performed in the UCC Church to an overflow crowd. The 14 performances featured guitars, bells, flutes, piano, vocal groups and speakers. Coffee and treats were served after the show.

1996  The Ballad of Lucette

 World Premiere of this show which has been performed to sold out audiences in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, and 2012. Originally written by Ann DeGray and Joanne Morén, these two have revised the show each time it has been performed. For more on this popular show, see The Ballad of Lucette.

1997  The Ballad of Lucette

Cass County Centennial Celebration show; program books paid for by ads from local businesses listed play information, names of actors, crew and helpers and thanks. We again printed cards with different drawings on the front and sold them in packs of 8 (sold them all). We sold T-shirts and sweatshirts with the show info. All three performances sold out. Fred Marin’s collection of logging tools was on display outside the Community Building to commemorate the Cass County Centennial.

1998  No Show 

In 1998 there was no summer show because the heat in the Community Building in July was too dangerous for actors in heavy clothes and also for the large audience packed into the space.

1999  Meeting for Jack Pine Players

On March 29, 1999 an Organizational Meeting for “Jack Pine Players” was held in the Senior Center. Widely advertised, this meeting explored the possibility of forming a community theatre group that we could depend on to help us with the production of plays. We handed out questionnaires, explained what our goals were, and took time for questions and refreshments. There was a good turnout, and we signed some people up who did help with our first shows. We made Jack Pine Player T-shirts and quickly sold them all. But it seemed like the goal of having a ‘theatre company’ just wouldn’t work in Hackensack.

2000 The Villain of Rose Gulch Hollo

The show was held July 11-13. Tickets were $5. A program book paid for by ads from local businesses listed names and bios of actors and information about the show. The show was performed in the newly air-conditioned Community Building and on the newly built stage.

2000 The Ballad of Lucette

Tickets were $5. All shows sold out. We sold T-shirts and Beanies at the show.

2001 No Show   

In 2001, we were one person short of getting a cast for “The Marquis Crossing Ladies Society’s First Attempt at Murder” – so we didn’t have a show that year.

 2002 Whayah Gonna Do in Vista View

An original musical comedy written by Joanne Morén with a musical number by Ann DeGray with some professional musical advice from Nina Burke and Beth Trout. Programs with ads from local businesses listed the actors’ bios and play information. We sold bobble heads and NAC logo T-shirts.           

2003 The Ballad of Lucette

This show sold out. We sold T-shirts and Beanies at the show.

2004 The Marquis Crossing Ladies Society’s First Attempt at Murder    

Show was held on July 10-12. We were able to finally cast the show. We printed a smaller program without ads: it listed the cast, short bios, and play information.

2005 Vaudevilles My Home

No sponsors in the printed program for this show, held July 9-11; just information about the actors, crew and play and thanks to our helpers.   

2006 The Little Shop of Horrors

 The first show performed over two weekends; July 8-10, 14, 16-17. This was an expensive show to do so we sold silver, gold and platinum sponsorships and received great support from the community and businesses. We also received a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council to mount this show. Pictures with information about actors were hung on the walls and the program included a cast list and information about the play as well as a list of our sponsors and thanks to those who helped.      

2007 The Ballad of Lucette

We did not sell sponsorships for this show. The program listed cast and crew and thanks volunteers for their help. We sold a few Lucette 2007 T-shirts; a few Lucette bobble heads and some miscellaneous T-shirts.

2008 The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux               

July 5-7. Programs had no ads or sponsorships this year but simply listed the cast and crew members and thanks to those who helped.

 2009 The Great Ice Cream Scheme

July 11-13. Programs again had no ads or sponsorships, but included ads for our lakeside Concert and the Art & Book Festival.

 2010 Whayah Gonna Do in Vista View

An original musical comedy written by Joanne Morén with some professional music advice from Nina Burke and Beth Trout. Programs with ads from local businesses listed the actors’ bios and play information. We sold bobble heads and NAC logo T-shirts.

2011 Yagotcher Men; Ya Gotcher Women

Show ran July 15, 16 &18. Tickets were $5.

2012 The Ballad of Lucette           

We did not sell sponsorships for this show. The program listed cast and crew and thanks to the volunteers for their help.

2013 The Happy Hour and a Half Show

This variety show featured musical performances and skits and closed with an especially hilarious synchronized swim routine by the fellas in the troupe that the town is still talking about.

2014 The Happy Hour and a Half 2 Show  

The 2014 Variety Show reprised the 2013 format with a number of musical performances, skits and acts. The fellas again treated the audience to a repeat performance of the USA Synchronized Swimmers routine.