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The Ties that Bind

A Recollection of Bygone Days

Directed by Lynne Olmos

August 2013 at the Roxy Theater, Morton

4th of July Parade

Centralia College East with Fire Mountain Arts Council proudly presents original musical theatre commemorating the Centennial of the Incorporation of the City of Morton.  From family ties to railroad ties, this quasi-historical retrospective celebrates early 20th Century local events through song, dance, romance, explosions, and croquet.  Directed by Lynne Olmos.  Music direction by Martha Sturgeon. 
The audience is invited to dress in period costume for the world premiere of this original production on August 3.  Every audience will be encouraged to join in the singing of some of the old, familiar tunes.

Morton SchoolBackground on the script:
The script was written by Lynne Olmos, April Doolittle, Sharlotte Hendricksen, and Jason Eck.  Kent Smith wrote an inter-act vignette. The script presents a fictional story using fictional characters.  Both story and characters are loosely based on actual events and people living in and near Morton around the time of its incorporation.  Some actual historical figures are referenced in the story.  
Martha Sturgeon selected, created, and arranged the music.  The songs include familiar tunes from the early 20th Century, like “School Days,” “Buffalo Girls,” “America the Beautiful”, “Over There” and several others. 

Plot Synopsis:
Two old friends, Hazel Stout Cottler and Shade Conley, who haven’t seen each other for more than fifty years, meet at the annual Morton All-School Reunion, perhaps in 1970.  Together they recall the days of their childhood and youth.  Those recollections (not always agreed upon) play out to create our story. In 1908 Shade and Hazel first meet.  Since the first homesteaders arrived in the 1880’s, by 1908 the Morton area—from Bremer through the Davis Lake Valley—was well settled.  We follow Child Hazel and Shade, their families, and friends through pioneer struggles and celebrations, punctuated by song and dance.  We then see the exciting place Morton became once the railroad came to town and how the ensuing chaos led to incorporation of the City of Morton in 1913.  Act Two begins with the Box Social and a touch of romance between our Young Hazel and Shade.  Then reminiscence takes a somber turn as World War I separates the two and changes their lives.  The story concludes upbeat with a rousing, sing-a-long finale.  (We can’t, of course, give away the ending!)