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July 10, 2014

'Georgiana' crew has wish list

OSKALOOSA — The cast and crew of “Georgiana” have a wish list of props they need for their production and they hope the public can help find them.

“Georgiana” is written by Iola Powell Cadwallader and details her family's life from 1918 to 1957. The play tells of the family's move from Ohio to Kansas just before The Dust Bowl. It then follows them through the Great Depression to World War II and beyond. The play was first performed in 1980. This year, the play takes the stage again to commemorate Iola's 90th birthday.

“Georgiana” will take the stage at the George Daily Auditorium on July 17-19 at 7 p.m.

Director Randall Wright said that on the first night of practice the cast of 80 and production crew of 20 began the search for artifacts from that era for stage props.

“We started putting up a list of things we need for the production to see if they had any of those things or if they knew of anyone who had those things,” Wright said. “We put pictures on the wall by the stage of things that are hard to find.”

One scene involves baking with a 1918-style wood stove, he said.

The cast and crew found many things and production staff also has worked with the Nelson Pioneer Farm and local antique dealers to acquire items. However, there are still some things needed for the play to have an authentic feel.

The cast and crew still need items such as a 1940s-era stove; a harvest table; a 1940s-era kitchen buffet; a handle pump from a 1918 kitchen; a 1918-era white, wrought iron outdoor set; and a white metal bench.

Wright said that in 1980 there also was a wish list of items needed for the play.

Wright said that one of the great things about the Oskaloosa community is that people are willing to help each other.

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