Destination Of The Month: Ten Chimney’s - Lost Theatre History
When you think of places a celebrity might live, locations that quickly come to mind are New York, San Francisco, and other popular places and countries all across the world. However in the 1930s, a Broadway actor claimed a few acres of land, a glamorous house in the middle of nowhere: Genesee Depot, WI. More specifically, S43W31575 Depot Rd, Waukesha, WI.
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne ruled the American stage from the 20’s till the 1960s. After they had married in 1922, they were
While touring the houses and the property, you find a sense of elegance, and homliness inside yourself. The Lunts were people you could find at church on a Sunday and go out to eat with on a Friday evening. They were celebrities that you could really see. It brings into perspective how much of a lost art theatre is to society nowadays. If you were to walk into a room and shout the name “Alfred Lunt” in the 1920s, everyone knew who you were talking about, meaning literally, everyone.
ehearsals and living by each paycheck. Heaven knows how the Lunts did it. Our generation has a big part in bringing back something that once made everyone’s heads turn. Theatre is not only run by the actors on stage. Look at the donors, the costume designers, the directors, and the audience that makes it all possible. For those interested, full estate tours are $35 per person, and the main house tour is $28 per person. I don’t entirely expect any of you to spend the money to go on a tour here (even though it was most certainly worth it). However, next time you have the opportunity, go see a show. Milwaukee has many theatres that put on fabulous shows. Support a cause that should be more relevant in today’s society. For tour reservations, call (262) 968 4110, open 9AM to 4PM. Please visit www.tenchimneys.org for more details on tours, and information about the Lunts.
inseparable, on and off the stage. Never again did they perform in a show without one another, whilst being married for 55 years. Actors from around the world would come and visit the Lunts. The couple themselves were all for the luxuries in life, and treated their guests to such. The house, which is still standing today, has many different design elements, but mainly focuses around theatre structures/ideals, and Scandinavian architecture. The estate is truly a marvelous place to visit.
Nowadays, if you were to shout “Laura Benanti” in a crowded room, maybe two or three people would know what you were talking about. While certain shows have drawn attention to Broadway itself, there is still a large gap between societal norms and theatre. Theatre is a dying art in today’s world, and if we don’t acknowledge that soon, who knows what the future holds. Theatre is used as an outlet for society, to make us laugh, to make us understand, to bring issues to the table, and of course to make us cry. Theatre is history. Actors have it tough, working late
Take it From the Team: The Fated Return to School
Out of all students, I feel that 99% fit into one or more of these three categories...
- I absolutely DO NOT want to go back to school - it’s death and I don’t want to deal with it
- I only want to go back to school to see friends again (and maybe a favorite teacher or two)
- I most definitely want to go back to school - I am bored and have nothing to do, so I might as well go learn
Or maybe you fit in the ever elusive category number four...
- I am indifferent about everything and couldn’t care less whether I’m in school or if it’s summer vacation
Whichever group you associate yourself with - or don’t associate with - does not stop the fact that the 2016-2017 school year has finally begun. There is a plethora of new freshmen, upperclassmen, and even teachers. ELO has been changed to ACP, but the tyrannical reign of College Prep Wednesdays still dictates us. New and old LINK Crew members scan the halls, looking for freshmen panicking at their lockers, waiting for the right moment to swoop in and help them. The school ID’s - well, they’re honestly just as upsetting as always with their awful lighting and grainy quality.
Everyone has a different opinion on summer vacation and going back to school, and you hear those opinions either in the hallway with people complaining to one another, or with the most dreaded question that teachers ask at the start of the school year - “What did you do during the summer?” What we don’t hear much about are the moments right before school starts again. Those few days where some students are excitedly shopping for school supplies, while others are sobbing quietly in the privacy of their rooms.
The overarching question presented to the Husky Howlers this month is this: Do you fit into any of the four categories above? Do you fit into more than one? None of them? How so?
Personally, I feel that I fit into both categories two and three: I only want to go back to school to see friends again (and maybe a favorite teacher or two) and I am bored and have nothing to do, so I might as well go learn. It’s not that I don’t enjoy school. I just hate sitting down for eight hours in the nasty heat we have been having - it’s so gross.
I do not think I fit under any of the categories listed. I am happy to return to school because I will no longer be in charge of making my own lunches. Despite my extremely busy summer I look forward to the challenges Reagan’s courses will bring me this year. I’m also looking forward to this year being my final year of high school.
I would personally have to fall under categories two and three, leaning more towards number two. If you asked me this question any summer prior to this one, I would have wholeheartedly sided with number three. However, this summer I was very occupied with my friends and family that I didn’t even want to consider going back to school. Still nonetheless, I enjoy seeing my friends and teachers that I have gotten to know in the past year. In addition to that, I like being proactive, having something to do and putting my brain to work other than watching marathons on Netflix all day.
I 100% fall under category two. I missed school only because of the social aspects, not because of the schoolwork. Even a week into school, my procrastination is kicking in hardcore and the future workload of this year hasn't had a chance to make itself known to me yet. The rhythm of school is still far from my mindset, and I honestly don't feel like I'll be catching up soon. I don't think I appreciated summer enough when it was here, but in the end, I do enjoy the productive nature of school. I just need to find my way out of the initial shock of being back.
I personally would categorize myself in section 2 and 3 because I did miss school (because I got to see my friends) but also this summer I got a bit bored towards the end. I like learning new things which is why I took part in the apple program at UW-Oshkosh. The apple program is for those who possibly one day hope to be in the field of education, so I was able to learn how to speak publicly and confidently, how to make a lesson plan, and some sign language I hope to continue learning.
DIY: PANTONE PAINT CHIP MEMO BOARD GOALS BOARD!
- 9 Different paint samples (Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart)
- 11 x 17 inch front loading frame ($3.97 Walmart)
- Double sided tape