This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


The Fendig Children's Summer Theater production of Aida had its second and last showing Friday night. It had a cast of dozens as these photos show. (It has always had more girls in the cast than boys, and that tradition continued this year.)
This production was the Elton John/Tim Rice version of the story, not the Verdi opera. Its plot is typical of the plots of many operas, rather silly. It involves a love triangle with lots of drama and fatal results.
As most Fendig Theater productions, the play had a lot of crowd scenes with interesting costuming, choreography, and spectacle. This was the 36th summer of Children's Summer Theater--it is really quite remarkable that this community group has thrived the way it has. It and summer swim team were the two summer activities that make growing up in Rensselaer a bit different from growing up in most other small cities.

The first production was way back in 1976. If there were 14-year-olds in that production, they would be 50 this year. There were some children of past performers in this production; I wonder if there have been any grandchildren of past performers yet.

Update: The Fendig Summer Theater's Facebook page is here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Rensselaer is quite lucky to have the Fendig Summer Theatre program. It is a spectacular experience for our children. The quality of production, talent, and costuming continues to be wonderful.