Fine Linen Theatre is getting ready to celebrate their 15th season of community theatre in Rolla. After bringing shows such as A Tale of Two Cities, Seussical the Musical, The Miracle Worker and Big Fish, Fine Linen is continuing their tradition of excellence and passion at the Cedar Street Playhouse.

Fine Linen Theatre is getting ready to celebrate their 15th season of community theatre in Rolla. After bringing shows such as A Tale of Two Cities, Seussical the Musical, The Miracle Worker and Big Fish, Fine Linen is continuing their tradition of excellence and passion at the Cedar Street Playhouse.

Fine Linen’s 15th season will feature classics like the 1941 classic, Arsenic and Old Lace, one of the country’s most well known comedies, as well as the beloved Fiddler on the Roof. In between these shows is Daddy Long Legs, telling the tail of Jerusha Abbott, the “oldest orphan in the John Grier home.” Fans of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters will thoroughly enjoy this story based on a classic novel.

“There’s always kind of an algorithm of trying to meet the needs of our actors and our audience,” said Fine Line Vice President Kim Nisbett. Kim explained how she tends to see shows in colors, and tries to find complimentary shows to meet the needs of not only the actors, but of the community as well. Kim said that as Fine Linen prepares for this season’s round of auditions, they want to encourage people to “audition from a diversity of backgrounds.”

“Our goal is to give the community an opportunity to participate onstage as well as provide great theatre,” Kim stressed.

Over the years Fine Linen has welcome a vast variety of people into their family, encouraging them to grow and express their talents, and in their now 15 years of operation have created a strong community for themselves.

“Because we’ve been doing this for 15 years… a lot of these kids have grown through the program,” said Kim.

Cheyenne Dalton spoke in an interview of her experiences with Fine Linen, and what she is looking forward to in their 15th season.

“I watched one show and I was sold,” said Cheyenne.

Cheyenne began working with Fine Linen back in 2011, in their first production of Seussical the Musical, years later she was here for their second production of the same show.

“It’s been incredibly enjoyable,” she said. “I’d never been involved in theatre before I came here…Theatre’s an interesting environment sometimes, but Fine Linen provides a really healthy one that I know we all really enjoy.”

Cheyenne said she loves being able to share a story with an audience, and Fine Linen has provided a quality environment for her to do so.

“I think their outlook on expressing theatre is every pure…they keep their ideals high,” said Cheyenne.  “They’re an organization that I know is never going to come across as disrespectful. They’re outstanding and respective. I’m never going to regret having Fine Linen.”

In their coming season, Cheyenne said she excited to see how they grow and continue to express what they’re all about.

“FIne Linen is a company that has part that stays exactly the same, but also isn’t afraid to grow and try new htings. WE’ve seen them do that over the past ocuple of seasons and go outside of the thigns they’ve done,” she said.

Tina Goosz is another member of Fine Linen who began working with the group in 2013. Tina became interested in the group while she was teaching full time in Steelville, and teaching part time woodwind lessons at Merle’s Music.

“The family atmosphere and the appreciation of every role set them apart, in my opinion,” said Tina“ As a musician, I'm used to being in a pit or a green room removed from a lot of the action.  A lot of times, this means you come in, unpack, play your part, pack up and head out.  With Fine Linen, they show a true appreciation for the musicians and a sense of family that I have never experienced anywhere else.  Everyone is invited to the events such as potlucks, cast party afterwards...it doesn't matter your role in the show, everyone is valued and appreciated for their part.  

Tina said she feels like part of a family when she performs alongside Fine Linen, and is excited to perform in Fiddler on the Roof this coming season, as it’s one of her favorite shows, and can’t wait to be with everyone again this year.

“Each time rehearsals start, I feel like it's a family reunion of sorts getting to see some of the same musicians year after year and then meeting new musicians.  I can't wait to see their take on the show.”

Fine Linen will also be featuring a Charlie Brown workshop for kids, where they can get experience auditioning. Kim assured the auditions are only for practice, and any kid who’s interested can be involved. There will also be a Happily Ever After event at the end of the month, with a “festival of fairytale theme booths” for kids and families to enjoy.

Auditions for Fine Linen’s first show of the season, Arsenic and Old Lace, will be on August 19, and details can be found on their website, finelinentheatre.com