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What I Saw This Weekend

I saw grass. And I cut it. First mow of the season was Sunday, and most of the cute flower images on this blog were from that day.

But days before I saw and cut grass, and planted flowers and enjoyed other flowers–on Friday I went to a musical at Mount Mercy University. It was “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a very nice musical that was very well done. Here is a snippet from the 2006 Tony Awards that does do well in showing the spirit of the show:

Well, that was hard to beat. But after a rainy Saturday, during which I did not see much, came a much nicer Sunday. And today was full of biking and mowing and planting–of mid-spring warm Sunday stuff, and this is just a sample of what it looked like:


Around 9 a.m., Krumboltz Trail, Marion. Blue bells in bloom.


Still on the morning trail bike ride. Why did the duck cross the stream? I’m not shore.


Blues bells and tree.


Back home, waiting for afternoon bike ride with my wife. Tulips by ash tree in front yard.


Some daffodils are done, but some are still in bloom.




Just starting–crab apple. Spring is about to smell really sweet.


Clematis in bike basket. I planted and then mowed.

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Quack: Not Humming Tunes, But Show Was Fun

I am not sure I will ever look at Maria Upmeyer the same again. The Mount Mercy student played a saucy character in the musical farce “Quack,” which Audrey, Ben, Theresa and I attended.

Was it good?

Well, yes and no. Much of the humor was rather low double entendre, but it was delivered with good timing and enthusiasm. A student crowd often appreciates low humor, and liked this, and, to be honest, I don’t usually mind it myself.

It was both entertaining and funny.

Tony Nikels (sorry, Tony, if I didn’t get the last name right), who besides being an important pianist for just about anything musical at Mount Mercy is also my personal best movie reviewer, provided good keyboard accompaniment.  And there was a gentleman I don’t know who can really play the drums.

The cast enjoyed their roles, and I enjoyed seeing their energy and enthusiasm.


Caty Lunemann and Jim Bohy in the musical "Quack." Mount Mercy Times photos by Cynthia Peteresen.

Faculty member Jim Bohy was fun to see, although he talked in an odd voice that sounded a bit like a Dudley Do-Right imitation, and I’m not sure why.

My biggest qualm is that, as a musical, it didn’t leave me humming many of its songs. When I see “South Pacific,” I will be ear-wormed by “There is Nothing Like a Dame” for weeks. It’s not exactly my favorite song, in fact it makes me cringe, but I can’t think of “The Sound of Music” without “Climb Every Mountain.” I hated “Grease,” but just typing that word, sadly, made “Summer Love” start rolling around in my brain like a dog on a dead pigeon.  Olivia, what have you done?

“Quack’s” music was OK, but the lyrics seemed a little strained, and I’m sitting here with “Please Don’t Go” by Pink in my mind. Why? Don’t know, maybe because the video is witty and we talked about songs we liked during the newspaper production cycle today.

Please, Pink. You’re a fine singer, but your song can go. Maybe if there had been a more memorable song in “Quack,” that would help.

Well done, cast and crew. Just wish Caty’s fine voice had wittier lyrics to sing and that Tony had some catchier tunes at his fingertips.

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