by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Front Porch Music Theatre, a new Rogers-based troupe of young performers headed by Tom and Linda Lindeen, made a pleasing debut with “The Secret Garden” in three shows last weekend at Little Theatre.
“We are very proud of these student actors with the hard work they put in for three months, with one or two rehearsals a week,” said Linda Lindeen, “and for performing with only two nights of dress rehearsal on the stage at the Little Theatre.”
She also praised the student tech team that handled the set changes, props, costume changes, and other duties.
The group, which rehearses in a spacious basement in the Lindeen’s home until show time, is affiliated with Signature School of Music, a Rogers enterprise run by the Lindeens’ daughter, Jennifer.
The Lindeens, who have directed plays and musicals for 30 years, put together a very capable cast of 30 actors age 9 to 16 and turned out a visually pleasing play, graced by dance scenes choreographed by Mary Huebert, a musical theatre and dance veteran on the Signature staff.
Being a new theatre group not affiliated with a regular school, they got the word out via e-mails through Signature, and word of mouth from previous students, about their Showtime class (from which they play is created), Homeschool Theatre class, and after-school theatre class.
Next project will be “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper” set for May 18-19.
“We reached our maximum number of students for enrollment in ‘Cinderella’ in 48 hours,” said Lindeen, “so we are now increasing the number of students that we can accept and we are making preparations for two casts of the show. So enrollment for that class is still open.”