Carol Stream, Ill. -- October 22, 2013 -- The Mighty Windsor Radio Players recreated an episode from the popular, long-running radio show "Our Miss Brooks" on Friday, Oct. 18. Presented by residents and staff of Windsor Park, a Covenant Retirement Community, a live audience of 150-plus laughed on cue and frequently without the cue card.
"With only two rehearsals to prepare, I was very pleased with our production," notes Dick Arnold, Windsor Park resident and director of the show. "We had fun presenting it, and judging from the audience reaction, they enjoyed our adaptation."
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The fun continues on Thursday, Nov. 7 when the Mighty Windsor Radio Players take their show on the road. The public and residents of The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia are invited to watch "Board of Education Day" in the auditorium. Show time is 6:30 p.m. and there is no cost to attend.
This production troupe is one of the Windsor Park groups organized by the resident-run Performing Arts Task Force. The Windsor Park Center for Lifelong Learning plans enrichment and growth opportunities for residents and the public under the guidance of three resident-run task forces.
"Through this center, residents can tap into past careers to enrich their retirement," explains Jim Steere, director of community services for Windsor Park. "They can also pursue new opportunities -- activities they've been interested in but couldn't engage in before retirement."
Dick Arnold, director for the Mighty Windsor Radio Players is one of these retirees utilizing skills learned during their careers. Arnold has a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in theater from Northwestern University. He has taught at the university level throughout his career and still does consulting work.
Other members of the cast include Jud Miner as the announcer, Grace Bradley as Mrs. Davis, Betty Muchow as Connie Brooks, and staff member Dan Riley as Walter Denton. Also Gary Schmitt as Stretch Snodgrass, Glenn Heck as Osgood Conklin, Bill Taetzsch as Phillip Boynton, staff member Hannah Detig as Harriet Conklin, and Richard Major as Mr. Stone. Ginnie Heck played the musical interludes on the organ, and Dick Arnold was in charge of sound effects. Unless otherwise noted, all are residents of Windsor Park.
Other upcoming events at Windsor Park are listed on the website. Arrange for a personal tour of Windsor Park by calling the sales department at (630)510-4700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windsor Park is a faith-based, nationally accredited, nonprofit continuing care retirement community located at 124 Windsor Park Drive in Carol Steam. Covenant Retirement Communities Inc., a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church, administers it. For information on Windsor Park, visit www.WindsorParkIllinois.org.