Hanson Recreation Drama is history. In their eagerness to remove all employees and volunteers from Camp Kiwanee (they called it the “clean slate”), a handful of town officials and clerical union members took out Rec Drama as collateral damage.
But for 44 years, Hanson Rec Drama was a respected member of the community. Hundreds of schoolkids, entire families, and multiple generations came together to tell stories, Ofttimes the results were wondrous to behold. Some years we did two shows, others up to five. Some were more professional than others (considering we were a community theater, we weren’t half bad!). So that history isn’t lost, I am posting a large sampling of photos from our many productions… well over 100. We’ve lost count by now. There are hundreds of more photos from our pre-digital age. As any of our thousands of participants could tell you, we’re sad it’s over, but we sure had a blast while it lasted.
Love and gratitude from Wes and Joanne, Jack, Debbie, Peggy, John, Andrew, Neil, Madi, and our many directors and producers along the way. We love you all!
For the 100+ pictures posted – please visit the Community Facebook Page
Explore Past Productions for more history of Hanson Recreation Drama, including many original productions by local playwrights.
In 1972, the newly-formed Hanson Recreation Department produced its first play, Peter Pan, at Maquan Elementary School. After several venue changes and over 90 productions later, Hanson Recreation Drama has found a new home at the Needles Lodge. Staging adventures (Cyrano De Bergerac), mysteries (Deathtrap), musicals (Fiddler on the Roof), comedies (Arsenic and Old Lace), and everything in between, Hanson Recreation Drama was essential to Hanson Recreation for over 40 years. Hanson Recreation Drama was disbanded in 2017.
All proceeds of Hanson Recreation Drama performances went to benefit the maintenance and restoration of Camp Kiwanee.