Read Karsell has been a part of The Civic's family for many years. Currently a junior at John Marshall High School, Read signed up for his first STAR session when he was in 2nd grade. He continued attending STAR for five more years, and eventually became an assistant instructor within the program. In 5th grade, he appeared in The Civic’s production of Gypsy. From there, he also appeared in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and Grease. In addition to main stage shows at The Civic, he has appeared in multiple productions at John Adams Middle School and has been a member of the Otherwise Actors for five terms.
Grant Dubbels and Kayley Dahle (Photo by A.D. Drumm Images)
As we inch through February into March and dream of Spring, I find myself getting more and more restless and seeking more and more ways to get out of the house. Thankfully, I have discovered the Rochester Civic Theatre, which has a jam-packed schedule of great events to get me through my cabin fever!
Wow! I am constantly amazed and impressed by the strength of the women in our community, but November’s Women On Wednesdays solidified my belief that women are resilient, no matter what life throws at them. Last week’s topic of discussion was “Intimacy and Illness” and featured three great speakers and a very interactive and passionate audience. Again, I went into the panel discussion thinking I would have little to contribute and would not be able to relate to the subject matter, but again I was wrong. By the end of the panel discussion I had laughed so hard my belly hurt and had cried so hard my eyes were red.
Blair began doing theatre in the 3rd grade, when she participated in her first show in Forrest Lake, MN. Her family moved to Chatfield when she was in the 4th grade, and throughout the years, she continued to be involved with plays at school and at church. She even attended a musical theatre summer camp at the Children’s Theatre Company in St. Paul.