1991 began with a new Board PresidentDon Danford
and four new members-at-large: Gwyn McKee, Herman Lee, David Stedelin,
and Dr. Webb Mikesell.
Announcement of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council had been
received in the amount of $8467. A workday was set up to straighten
up the costume room, prop rom, storage spaces and perhaps put up
cabinets in the kitchen if enough carpenters show up.
All were asked to donate their time.
The Choral Society had sponsored a Gospel Sing, which had poor attendance.
Plans were made to do a Salute to the Irish on St. Patricks
Day. Some of the members attended Irish Jig lessons in St. Louis
in preparation for this event. They also did a concert called 30
Years in Review.
Anna B. Smith was honored for her 93rd birthday. Mike Boyll came
to Centralia to direct the spring musical On the 20th Century
and Doris Roberts volunteered her home while she was gone and he
was the artist in residence. But later an anonymous donor gave funds
to cover his stay at the Bell Tower Inn. LTP had no Fall show as
they could not find a director.
A special event for volunteer recognition was done on appreciation
afternoon and the Methodist Church Handbell Choir performed and
Jeremy Joplin, an 8 yr. old magician performed. Ken McCall was the
master of ceremonies while volunteers were honored, given certificates,
and refreshments were served.
Heaters were added to the restrooms and office. The mortgage payments
in 1990 were $4,554.96 plus interest of $7,582.92. The Puffer trust
earned $21,475 in interest that year. A piano was lent to us by
the Centralia Carillon.
Bob Cover did a very interesting program on the history of musicals
and Coleman Wheeler gave a workshop that lasted for 6 weeks and
then was renewed for another 6 weeks.
The Winter Pops concert in February featured the Illinois State
Brass Quintet from the University of Illinois. Leila Crain asked
if we could do exchange programs with the Belleville Youth Orchestra
also. The second Balloon Fest was held and the Orchestra played.
They also did a Peter & the Wolf Concert in October with Roland
Burris as the narrator. The orchestra then went into rehearsal for
the Christmas Concert.
A lazer printer was considered for purchase for $2353. At the time,
we were borrowing Shoppers Weekly lazer printer.
The P& B Club held their spring art show which featured photography
and High School Art in April. The Fall Art Show was held in the
old Sears building downtown.
The CCS building was also used for the Balloon Fest, Clean and Green
Benefit, the Holiday Craft Fair, a Youth String Recital, and a Drama
Workshop for High School students. Beauty & the Beast, directed
by Jeanne Jones, was the Childrens Play and St. Marys
Scholarship winners that year were Ericka Sanders, Bart Holland,
and Michelle Crossland. Major income sources were program advertising
and marketing was done by the use of bank statements. The acoustic
panels in the Orchestra room began to mildew.
In 1992 the mortgage balance was $75,000. Barbara Cortelyou was
the administrator until October when Margaret Loomis took over.
School programming started this year in coordination with Mitchell
Museum. There was discussion of making the Palette & Brush room
into part of the kitchen, but this was voted down. Silverware and
the grey arm chairs were purchased, along with a Laser Printer for
$1500 and a new copier for $5400.
Sherm Doolen directed Fools in the Fall and Bob Cover
directed 10 Nights in a Barroom. Viki Oliver directed
Ladyhouse Blues and Dee Ann Ford directed Funky
The Spring Art & Photo Show, hosted by Light & Lens, featured
the High School and Kaskaskia College artists. An Art Workshop for
Jr. High Students was given by Coleman Wheeler and a Pottery demonstration
by two women from Ecuador.
The Choral Group did a Madrigal, Christmas with Richard the
Lion Heart and a Fall Concert and the Christmas Concert.
The Orchestra did a Winter Pops concert featuring Jean Kittrell
and the Jazz Incredibles, a Concert in the Park, the Christmas Concert,
which was directed by Bill Camphouse, and also performed at the
Balloon Fest. The Orchestra received a grant for $1245.
The Craft Fair was especially successful this year and a special
appreciation afternoon for volunteers was held in January. St. Marys
play that year was Jack and the Magic Beans.
Mike Boyll passed away and memorials were given in his name.
Scholarship winners were Jennifer Jackson, Julie Kiyama, and Michelle
In 1993, the mortgage was refinanced which was $73,000 with mortgage
payments of $1011 a month. Total income was $78,000 with expenses
Bob Cover reported that casting for Lorelei was completed
and rehearsals began in January. Other productions approved were
Quilters directed by Viki Oliver, and Stone Soup
directed by Conchitta Grabowski for St. Marys School.
Special events were: the United Nations Day coordinated by Dottie
Pedtke, the Holiday Craft Fair again, the Christmas Concert, and
an SICA open forum held at the building.
The Orchestra had a sold out Winter Pops concert featuring Jean
Kittrell again. They were asked to perform in a concert at DuQuoin
in connection with the July 4 celebration. They officially declined
to perform at Balloon Fest this year. The Fall Concert featured
Bob Kramers Marionetts, and the Young Artist competition was
held that year A string concert was also given featuring the youth
string orchestra taught by Karen King.
School programs were scheduled with Mitchell Museum. They included
Bobby Norfolk, Appalachian Music, A Visit with Mark Twain, American
Fantasy STories, In Her Own Right, and Kids Save Planet Earth. The
Muny Student Theatre performed. The Perrine Trust gave a major donation
of $15,000 to be used for school programming. This grant was to
provide seed money for the next 5 years. By then the programming
would be self-sustaining.
Coleman Wheeler presented his SACK program. This is a Summer Arts
Camp for Kids held in a Rend Lake youth camping area. This was later
canceled due to liability reasons.
The Choral Society performed in a Sacred Music concert directed
by Tom Hawkins. They also performed in the Oktoberfest concert.
Palette & Brush had their Art Sale and Show and also held a
workshop with Don Ross as the instructor.
Little Theatre Players did Welcome to the Theatre, Camp
Shakespeare with director Robert Biggs and Hamlet.directed
by Viki Oliver.
As a special event, Amahl and the Night Visitors was
brought in for everyones enjoyment.
The parking lot was resealed and 3 tall ladders were purchased.
Four lights for the stage were also purchased and a stage fund was
set up with $1000 of the proceeds from the production of Lorelei.
For a fundraiser, a cookbook and an auction were held in May. The
janitors salary was raised to $175 a month. Guildlines for
use of the building were created and Scholarship winners were Angie
Simmons, Teasha Queen and Kathryne Alfred.
The Cultural Societys IAC grant that year was $5380.