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The canteen girls sing "Corns for My Country" in Mills Lawn's all-school musical, The Albert Brown Show, which opens on Friday. Pictured are, from left, Zoe Williams, Lily Rainey, Maggie Knopp, Ateerys Wagner, Julia Hoff, Anastasia Cooper and Sophia Bottelier. Not pictured are Shaylee Smith and Ashley Shaffer. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Mills Lawn puts on 1940s radio show

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The silly laughs and sensational songs heard on 1940s radio will be re-performed live in the Mills Lawn biennial all-school musical, The Albert Brown Show, featuring some of the era’s comedy routines, music and dance numbers and celebrity knockoffs.

Mills Lawns’ Albert Brown Show opens Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and plays again on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center on the Central State University campus. Tickets cost $3 and may be purchased this week at Mills Lawn between 8–8:30 a.m. or 2:30–3 p.m. The school recommends buying tickets the day of the show. Each family can only purchase four tickets per performance.

Show producer and Mills Lawn music teacher Jo Frannye Reichert adapted the play from a 15-minute piece she performed 28 years ago with the Springfield Arts Council. And she added a “tip of the hat” to icons of the time, she said. For example, Rosie and the Riveters stop by from the airplane factory and GIs sing about what it’s like to be a soldier.

For more information on the show, contact Nan Meekin at or 767-7217.

Read the full story in the Dec. 6 issue of the News.

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