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Missoula Children’s Theatre presents

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 12 noon & 2:30 p.m.
Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $13 for adults and $8 for students

Join Missoula Children’s Theatre and 50-60 local students as they present BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST, an original country western adaptation of the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Beauty Lou is the oldest daughter of the bronc-bustin’ balladeer Buck. At the local county fair, young Beauty Lou is upset by the ungrateful behavior of a miner who has won the blue ribbon for his beautiful roses. She calls him a beast and wishes that he would look like one too. Years later, when in danger of losing the family farm, Buck meets the miner-turned-beast. Beauty Lou agrees to befriend the Beast to save her family. Beauty Lou and the Beast both learn to look beyond appearances and first impressions and to see the beauty that dwells inside. The story, set in the American West, also features Beauty Lou’s six sisters, her Imaginary Friend, her dog Fleabite Clyde, farmhands Slim and Dusty, the neighborly Country Folk and the Barnyard Critters.

Hospital Sisters Health System Named 2017 “Most Wired”

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), which has four hospitals located in Northeast Wisconsin, has been named “Most Wired” by the 19th Annual HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, released this month by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Hospital Sisters Health System’s Northeast Wisconsin locations include: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey showed that technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact. The investments hospitals and health systems, such as HSHS, have made in technology has been shown to improve communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. Furthermore, these new tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. Health care organizations must meet specific requirements of each of these four areas to be named “Most Wired.”

“Our dedicated and knowledgeable IT team at HSHS has worked tirelessly to bring the most advanced technology to our hospitals and clinics for our patients,” Mary Starmann-Harrison, HSHS President and CEO, said. “We have successfully integrated technology into every part of our health system, from patient care to our administrative operations. I’m extremely proud of our IT team and for this recognition that they have deservedly earned.”

In recent years, HSHS has leveraged technology to give patients several treatment options, which is especially critical in small, rural communities when seconds count. For instance, the Telestroke program provides quick access to neurology specialists that may be more than 100 miles away. The Telestroke program has been implemented at both HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. In addition to telehealth technology, HSHS has taken measures to ensure the security of patient information through the use of intrusion detection systems, and is transforming care delivery with the knowledge gained from data and analytics.

“Our technology initiatives have really strived to focus on patient-centered and patient-first care,” Dr. Ray Gensinger, HSHS Chief Information Officer said. “Technology has enabled us to serve patients and deliver high-quality health care like never before. Our efforts are cost-effective and convenient for the patients, which is the top priority.”

For a full list of winners, visit


The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts are excited to announce auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) production of BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST on Monday, July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located in Oconto Falls High School. Those auditioning should arrive at 8:40 a.m. and plan to stay until 11:00 a.m. Most of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. Students auditioning are expected to attend all rehearsals during the week AND both performances on Saturday, August 5.

Among the roles to be cast are Beauty Lou, Imaginary Friend, Beast, Dusty and Slim the farmhands, Fleabite Clyde the dog, the Younger Daughters, the Older Daughters, the Country Folk and the Barnyard Critters. Students entering 1st grade through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. The MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. In addition, special MCT theatre free workshops will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for all participants

BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST will be presented on Saturday, August 5 at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located in Oconto Falls High School. The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Oconto Falls is presented locally by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts with support from ST Paper and Neva Hodge Lemorande.

Pre-registration is encouraged and available online at by clicking on the Summer School link.

For more information, call the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts at (920) 848-7469.