Barbara Cary Hall-The Making of The Root Beer Lady Musical
Barbara Cary Hall's, The Root Beer Lady, was offered for ages 10-adult. Learn about the making of Dorothy Molter-the Musical using slides and live music to explain the creative process and how writer Barbara Cary Hall achieved her end result about Dorothy, the local legend. Barb Cary Hall, daughter of Bob Cary and long-time Dorothy Molter Museum board member, penned an original musical production based on the famous Bob Cary book, The Root Beer Lady. Many people's first introduction to the story of Dorothy Molter was through Bob Cary's book and this past summer, Dorothy's story reached new audiences through the musical performance. The Dorothy Molter Museum has been active in assisting Barb through her endeavor and are pleased that there will be another vehicle with which to move Dorothy's story toward new audiences. Patrons enjoyed a toe-tapping musical look at the life of Dorothy Molter.
The intended outcome of the arts/theater program is to allow patrons the opportunity to experience a variety of theater productions that expose them to different genres of literature, music, and performance. A survey was distributed to receive feedback from those attending the programs.
Surveys were distributed to participants at all programs. 93% strongly agreed that this was an enjoyable experience and 88% strongly agreed that they would attend a similar event. Comments: This was an amazing program: I learned so much about Dorothy Molter. The presenter was so entertaining and the slides really brought the history of the area to us. I enjoyed the music and the story.
19 libraries provided space, staff, and additional promotion for the programs and approximately 10 regional newspapers provided marketing through press releases, photos and interviews with artists and performers.