Welcome to New York, 1890. The appearance of the city was very different than it is today. The city itself consisted of Manhattan and part of The Bronx. Brooklyn was a separate city; Queens and Staten Island were still somewhat rural. There were no skyscrapers or subways. The first skyscraper, the Flatiron Building, came in 1902 and the first subway two years later. Trinity Church, at Broadway and Wall Street, was the highest structure in New York until the New York World Building was built in 1890.
Closer to home, NDSU was founded in the brand new state of North Dakota in March of 1890. The townsite of Thief River Falls had been founded in 1887, but the city would not be officially incorporated until 1896. In sports, the National League champion Brooklyn Bridegrooms played the 1890 World Series against the American Association champion Louisville Colonels. The best-of-7 series ended without resolution. Each club won 3 games, with 1 game ending in a tie. Due to increasingly bad weather, a deciding championship game was planned for the following spring, but was never played due to disputes between the leagues. In politics, President Benjamin Harrison’s Republican party was able to maintain control of the U.S. Senate in that year’s midterms, but the Democrats took control of the House.
Gretchen returns for another TRFACT summer after having directed The Fantasticks in 2014 and Almost, Maine in 2013. She has directed more than 20 professional and amateur shows all over the state, including Minneapolis, the Twin Cities’ suburbs, Warroad and TRF. Most recently, she directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the LHS Drama Club.
Director: Gretchen Weinrich
Set Design & Construction / Lighting Design: Philip Hoks
Stage Manager / Props / Lighting: Teresa McGriff
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Halvorson
Vocal Director: Barb Geer
Accompanist: Brianna Helm
Drums: Jon Dent Cello: Richard Sather
Costumer: Jane Anderson
Dolly’s Costumes Designed & Made: Andrea Thibert
Choreographer: Lacey Simoneau
Sound Operator: Max Anderson
Spotlight Operator: Kourtney Amiot
Box Office: Jean Larson, Becky Doherty, Cyndi Onkka, Scott Pream,
David Abraham, Phil McKenzie, Kari Conner, Shawn Newland
DIGI-KEY – for Hello, Dolly! production sponsorship
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH – for rehearsal space
DIGI-KEY & HUGO’S – for selling tickets
ANDREA THIBERT – for costume assistance
KELSEY KVENVOLD – for choreography assistance
PAUL TANDBERG – for sound assistance
PIONEER VILLAGE – for loan of set dressings
BEN BEITO, DAVID BEITO, MIREILLE GENADRY, LOIS BROWN & SCOTT PREAM – for set painting
NCTC (ESPECIALLY THE FACILITIES & MUSIC DEPT.) – for hosting the TRFACT
OUR ADVERTISERS – for believing in us. Please thank and support our supporters!
YOU, THE AUDIENCE – for attending and giving us a reason to be here!
The Beito Foundation
Brady, Martz & Assoc., P.C.
Dave & Becky Doherty
Mark & Jean Larson
John P. Mattson
Panasonic Corporation of North America
Ole & Ruth Tweet Family Fund
In Memory of Wilma Olson by Scott, Bryan & Jane
Ken & Connie Mehrkens
Roger & JoAnn Thibert
Rick & Karmon Trontvet
Dr. Mark & Becky Yuska
Annie’s Attic Ann Grisanti
Dr. Diane Drake
Bob & Maureen Giffen
Jim & Olive Goldesberry
Michael & Bette Jorgenson
Don & Sheron Stewart
Thief River Glass Jim & Jill Dillon
Big John’s Muffler & Auto Sales John Weets, JR.
Roy & Bev Lunde
Northern Motors Tom & Sue Dondelinger
Northwest Beverage Shawn Newland
In Memory of Frank Womack by Chris Cuppett