The Marquee newsletter
Recently, Kate Mealy, Associate Editor, The Marquee, had the opportunity to interview a few members of the Capitol Board in an effort to learn more about these individuals. Here are the results of her conversation with Board members, Jane Curran-Meuli, Vicki Grimstad, and John Stern. Enjoy! Editor’s note: Curran-Meuli’s response appear in the print newsletter edition. Thank you Vicki Grimstad, Jane Curran-Meuli, and John Stern for sharing!
MEALY: How do you see the role of CCC in the area?
CURRAN-MEULI: I see the CCC as a vital player in our downtown vibrancy. Not only bringing cultural events and experiences to Manitowoc but also in its preservation of a historic part of the city for us to be proud of. GRIMSTAD: I see the CCC as a place which offers entertainment to people of all ages and to enrich their cultural and civic life. STERN: The area’s premier performing arts venue and meeting place; the best example of community cooperation and historic preservation; one of the major things keeping downtown alive; one of the major things bringing folks into town from the periphery of the county and neighboring areas (after the county fair, of course).
MEALY: If someone gave the CCC an unlimited amount of money to contract with performers and shows, who would you like to see perform here?
CURRAN-MEULI: Once a year I would love to see us bring in a national troupe to the CCC. Even though a smaller venue, it would boost interest in us if Cats, TransSiberian Orchestra, Book of Mormon, etc were to perform here. GRIMSTAD: Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel. STERN: Josh Groban, Il Divo, Itzhaak Perlman, large major symphony, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Fallon.
MEALY: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
CURRAN-MEULI: I wanted to be a nurse, a mathematician, and a mother. I have been blessed to achieve all three. GRIMSTAD: A nun (only as a child). STERN: A fireman, a tree surgeon (switched to people when I was older).
MEALY: Let’s pretend we’re writing a movie about you, who would you like to play you in the movie?
CURRAN-MEULI: Debra Winger GRIMSTAD: Katie Holmes STERN: Never thought about it, because the idea seems implausible… Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman?????
MEALY: What was the ﬁrst music album you bought? What was it – CD, LP, 45, 8 track, 78, ITunes download, cassette?
CURRAN-MEULI: Tom Lehrer’s “On Top of Spaghetti.” It was an LP. GRIMSTAD: Not sure but probably a Beatles or Elvis album. STERN: Interesting sidelight… I went to a conference where one presentation was on generational differences… the speaker wrote three numbers on the board, and said that “they all have something in common, raise your hand if you know what they have in common.” He wrote: 33⅓ 45 78 on the board. About 85 to 90 percent of the audience was 35 to 40 or under. They all were looking at each other dumbfounded, shaking and scratching their heads, and appearing totally confused and frustrated. All the people with their hands raised, on the other hand, had grey hair. They knew these were RPM speeds of phonograph records!
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