Homecoming Night

Homecoming Night

The Bedford North Lawrence homecoming parade makes it’s loop around the Bedford  square starting at 4:15 p.m. today.  The parade precedes BNL’s football matchup with Seymour at 7 p.m. at the BNL Stadium.  Afterwards, the crowning of the homecoming king, queen and princesses will take place at halftime of the game.

Mitchell High School also has its homecoming ceremonies tonight.


“Keeper of the House” to be performed at Little Theatre

Keeper of the House is an original play written by BNL teacher Maria Edwards.  During rehearsal at Little Theatre last week,  Bedford Online sat down to talk to Maria about the story.

BOL: Tell us the summary of the play.

Edwards:  The Keeper of the House is about a woman who believes she is due an inheritance from her uncle and will do whatever it takes to get it. She conspires to have her uncle committed to speed up that inheritance.  She arranges for her son, Wendel, to stay at the uncle’s boarding house. The problem is that Uncle Adrien only boards to young college girls, so Wendel must become Wendy for the plan to succeed. Reluctant, but feeling justified, Wendel goes along with the plan to get his share. But, over time, Wendel grows to like the old man and the new family he finds in the “Keeper’s House” and becomes conflicted about his mission.

BOL: Why did you write the story?

Edwards:  It started as a short story that I entered in a writing contest years ago. It was during Halloween so it had to have an element of spookiness. I didn’t win, but I wasn’t discouraged. I kept it and filed it away because I liked the story idea and knew that I would develop it later.   It progressed into a play because I could see it structured as a stage play instead of a novel or short story or a screenplay.

BOL:  What were the steps you took to get it into production?

Edwards:  The play was work shopped at Little Theatre a few years ago.  I took it to a writers’ conference in New York in 2009 and to another in Bloomington after that.  It’s been through many re-writes.

I had a nagging feeling that the play was missing something. It was incomplete. It finally occurred to me that it needed music to be more entertaining and explain some things that I didn’t want to put in dialogue.  It needed music, but I didn’t want to make it a full blown musical, just a play with some songs that fit the individual character singing. There are 5 songs total for 5 different characters.

BOL:  How did you get Little Theatre to perform the play?

Edwards: When it was turned into a play, I talked with Penny May and Nina Peterson at Little Theatre of Bedford to see if there was ever a chance it could be produced on the stage. They were very supportive and encouraged me to submit the play to the board.   The play was accepted;  they asked me to direct it, and it was put on the  schedule for this season. Thank goodness Dave Morthland agreed to co-direct with me on this project. He’s put together a great production team. Little Theatre has the best group of people. They are experienced and talented and willing to help back stage and on stage. It’s been a long time since I directed a play and I needed all the help I could get.  It helps to be blessed with a great cast and we have one. All very talented and right for the parts they are playing.

“The Keeper of the House” runs Sept. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 & 29 at the Little Theatre of Bedford.  The box office of the theater (279-3009) is now taking reservations for the production.

‘Stump to Product Tour’

IDNR Forestry and White River RC&D are sponsoring a ‘Stump to Product Tour’ on Sept. 21.   The tour will feature visitation at a woods where EAB has infested and harvesting is being done to salvage as many ash trees as possible, and a visit to an Amish sawmill.  Further info can be obtained from the Orange County NRCS Service Center at (812) 723-3311.  Ask for Ginger.


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