TO: All Media Outlets
FR: William Richards, Wilder Pageant Press
RE: Site Damages and Change of Performance Dates
DA: July 3, 2018
Heavy rain, flooding, storm damage and cleanup have pushed back the opening of the Wilder Pageant Production. This weekend’s shows have been rescheduled. Performances will now run Thursday, Friday and Saturday for two weekends. Dates are now July 12, 13, 14 and July 19, 20 and 21. Current ticket holders may exchange tickets for any of the other performances. Pageant Suppers and the Family Festival are cancelled for this weekend.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove could be called the Big Flood on the Prairie. With over nine inches of rain in a very short time, several Southwest Minnesota communities lost power, saw roads washed out with many flood and no travel warnings.
Plum Creek took a lead roll and covered the pageant site in three to eight feet of water. There was damage to sets, costumes, sound and light equipment as well as access roads at the Wilder Pageant site. The extent of the repairs will be fully determined when the water recedes. Cast, crew and community are pitching in to clean, rebuild and repair the site so that the 41st production will be a success.
As our “Old Laura says in the production, “Sooner or later the grasshopper fly away and the creek goes down”. For more information check out the Wilder Pageant Web site at http://walnutgrove.org/pageant.html
See you then!
There will be a link emailed with footage of the water at the site later this evening.
Images show audience view of stage area and rescue of calf used in show called ‘Spot’.