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Lyceum Theatre “And that’s really meaningful to know that what we’re doing is happening before an audience that really, really appreciates it.” Tempe McGlaughlin, postmaster of Arrow Rock, can be found sitting outside of the post office greeting those who walk down the Boardwalk past antique shops. McGlaughlin says she goes to each play at least once and has even had roles in past shows. McGlaughlin shares a love for theatre with her daughter, Katy, who remembers acting in plays when she was younger. When the Lyceum Theatre needs child actors, local kids are often hired to take the stage.

The Lyceum Theatre lobby, which was originally where performances were held before the 400-seat auditorium was built, is now filled with eager visitors buying tickets and waiting for the auditorium doors to open before the show.

A sign points travelers toward downtown Arrow Rock where antique shops, historical sites, local restaurants and the Lyceum Theatre are located.

“I was in ‘Brigadoon’ when I was seven and they let me run the fog machine opening night,” Katy says. “I was hooked.” Now Katy is a professional stage manager in Colorado Springs, but she says she definitely thinks living in Arrow Rock influenced her to pursue that career path. During her first show at age 10, she met an actor who played Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and whom she now considers a good friend. However, both the theatre and the town has changed since then. “We’ve had a lot of people move, pass away, restaurants open and close,” Katy says. “Every year it’s kind of a different place but it’s always got the same spirit to it.” Tempe McGlaughlin recalls what Arrow Rock was like years ago. “Our kids could run up and down the street and have a tab at the country store, you know, pay it off once a week,” Tempe McGlaughlin says. “That sort of thing.” The Lyceum Theatre previously was a repertory theatre. Instead of running the same

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Detours Winter 2014 Issue  

Detours Magazine Winter 2014 Issue — Read stories about the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre (pg. 26) and see the beauty of Missouri’s murals (pg....

Detours Winter 2014 Issue  

Detours Magazine Winter 2014 Issue — Read stories about the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre (pg. 26) and see the beauty of Missouri’s murals (pg....

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