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“Page & Stage” Program from Anoka County Library and Lyrics Arts Theater: Hormel Girls

Date: Sep 24th, 2013

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, is pleased to offer a “Page & Stage” performance of Hormel Girls on Sunday, October 20th, beginning at 12:00 pm at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.  Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main Street in Anoka. 

Participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion.  Lyric Arts staff will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters, and “what to look for” in the performance.  Participants will enjoy the performance of Hormel Girls  and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.

“The Hormel Girls  were a big hit in the 1950s,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West.  “The group was originally intended to give jobs to women veterans after World War II but eventually consisted solely of showgirls selling the company’s products.”

The Hormel Girls are a true treasure of Minnesota History, a regiment of 60 beautiful women who made their way across the nation to sell Hormel products with a song and a smile. Many consider them one of our nation’s first symbols of the independent woman. This delightful musical follows the adventures of J.C. Hormel’s all-girl sales squad as they charm their way across the country, evolving from a “G.I. Jill” Drum and Bugle Corps to the glamorous stars of a nationally syndicated radio show.

“Take a trip back in time to the post World War II era,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle.  “Go behind the scenes to learn even more about this extraordinary troop of talented women.”

The program is open to ages 15 and older.  Registration is required and seating is limited. 

To register for this free event, contact Lyric Arts’ Education Director Cassandra Proball at 763.433.2510, ext. 106 or cassandra@lyricarts.org and mention the Anoka County Library Hormel Girls “Page and Stage” program.  Participants must register by October 10th and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.

This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit www.lyricarts.org