‘In Pursuit of a Dream’ is captivating

Terry Kennedy, Jim Faber and Greg Donahue perform one of the many folk songs that accompanied the immigrant stories.

Stories and songs about early immigration to the U.S. attracted about 200 people to a dinner theater on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Hankinson Community Center.

The story, called "In Pursuit of a Dream" was written, directed and produced by Mantador native Paulette Friday. It was sponsored by Hankinson Community Betterment Club and Commercial Club.

Through poignant stories and period songs, the audience followed the lives of German, Irish, Bohemian and Norwegian immigrants, who traveled for months across storm-swept seas in sailing ships. Most traveled steerage with horrible living conditions, Friday said. Many folk songs accompanied the immigrant stories.

Friday took a story telling class when she lived in Arizona. She is an avid reader of historical books, so used that love to write dinner theater productions about the Civil War, Dirty Thirties and now immigration.

"Stormy Weather: Stories and Songs of the 1930s," is Friday’s next production. It will be held at Barrett, Minn., on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18.

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