Rehearsals Are Underway For The Mother's Day Show

By Nancy Fagerness

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - For the third year, the Hermann German-American Club is sponsoring the Mother's Day Show at the Showboat Theatre on Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Hermann Welcome Center on Market St.

Rehearsals have begun for this popular event that celebrates Mom's special day. Music includes Gershwin, Pop, Country, Classical, and Patriotic with songs like "Count on Me", "I Got Rhythm", "Summertime", "The Man I Love", and others.

Carrie Kirchhofer Tilly, formerly of Hermann, once again is heading up the program and will share the Showboat stage with other Hermann performers. Fifth grader Kampbell Hemeyer makes her second Mother's Day appearance and eighth grader Sam Holland is back for a third time. Both attend St. George School. New to this year's cast is Allison Grzeskowiak. She is a graduate of Hermann High School and East Central College and is a member of the Hermann Municipal Band. Musicians John Berkemeyer, Bob Kirchhofer, Leroy Schwartze and Patrick Dell also are returning.

A highlight of the program is a tribute to Mimi Schmidt, who started the annual Mother's Day Show tradition and produced shows for many years. Those who remember them will recognize several  musicians who are paying tribute to Mimi. Her daughter, Connie Loveless, will perform on the keyboard joined by Joni Loehnig. Honoring their grandmother are the Loveless "girls", Laura and Sara. Now young adults, they performed in many of Mimi's shows when they were little girls and teenagers.

Show tickets are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for students up to 18 years of age. Tickets are available at the Hermann Welcome Center and also will be sold at the theater box office on Fourth St. on the day of the show. The box office opens at 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the show benefit the Hermann German-American Club's efforts to promote, foster and encourage understanding, good will, cooperation and common interests with the citizens of Hermann's sister city, Bad Arolsen, Germany, and to offer financial assistance for exchange programs between these cities. Anyone wishing to join the German-American Club or renew their membership may do so at the show.