April 19, 2014
Dr. Fisher’s dream fulfilled PDF Print E-mail

Wow is all I can say! What a fantastic week. I was in great need for a “pick me up,” and this week, I got it.
I am, of course, talking about the three great performances of “Oz” at the Beardstown Opera House and the approval from the TIF committee and city council for approving funding for the roof of the opera house.
I cannot begin to name all the people it took to make both of these projects a reality.
Shaver Tillitt and Cathy Megginson were the heart, soul and constant laborers for “Oz.” However, there were many stage mothers and fathers, HPF members and others who worked extensively to make the production a success. We cannot, of course, forget the dedicated and talented cast. I heard several people say, “You wouldn’t see as good a performance on Broadway.”
The opera house roof project has been a long and hard process. We have finally fulfilled Dr. Harold Fisher’s dream.
I would like to thank the entire community and the community businesses for their support in the campaign. All donations, be it a dollar or a substantial amount, were greatly appreciated.
The media also played a great presence in this campaign. We thank the Star-Gazette and WRMS for their great support.
Special thank you goes to JJ DeSollar, the TIF committee members, the city council members and Mayor Patterson. We, as the Heritage Preservation Foundation/Beardstown Opera House will strive to make you proud of your decision.
HPF will take a short break from fund raising as the roof is being completed. There are, however, many other major projects to make this historic landmark a “Midwest Beauty” again.
The next event at the opera house will be the play, “Murder at the Orient Express.” The play will be upstairs in October and will be directed by Randy (West) Taapken.
We very much appreciate your support and hope you will continue to be generous in future projects.
Steve Wessel
President HPF/
Opera House