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Courtroom Dramas Are Becoming A Thing Of The Past

Courtroom dramas are always fun to watch because they give you the meat of what is going on without all of the boring details. Switching from detective work to the courtroom scene, you get to see the prosecutors grill defendants and witnesses on the stand like they just ate their Wheaties aren’t aren’t taking no for an answer. While real life courtroom drama may not play out the same exact way, there are of course some similarities.

If you have ever watched real criminal courtroom proceedings on television, the lawyers are a bit tedious. They go over every fine detail. While they do grill people on the stand, it isn’t in hero formation. It is more like watching an accountant crunch numbers, very boring. But watching a fictional courtroom drama on television is anything but boring.

One of my favorite courtroom TV dramas was Matlock. The man was a superstar every time he entered the courtroom. The show made it out to be like what he was doing saved the day every time. Not every case, every dramatic event or every turning point in life is going to feature the same hero. As a matter of fact, being a hero has nothing to do with being able to pull of something like that. That is why it is fiction, courtroom drama on television, sensationalizing the way we think about attorneys and courtroom proceedings.

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Then you have Law and Order, LA Law and more. After the Law and Order spinoffs, we have seen a shortage of these kinds of shows. It makes you wonder if anything like it is coming back around. You know that people are tired of courtroom dramas. They have made some of the best movie scenes, too.

Do you still watch these courtroom drama television shows? If so, then you might have noticed that Law and Order SVU is still running; however, it has received a significant facelift to stay up with the times. Law and Order SVU used to be one of my favorite TV shows. Times change and people change. I do catch a new episode from time to time, but when it comes to courtroom dramas, I guess for the most part, it is time for something new.

We can still watch our favorite shows and catch the new SVU, but courtroom dramas need another big hit for representation. Do you think there will be another hit show coming along anytime soon? We will have to wait and see because so far, the listings are scrambled with shows that just don’t look much like what people used to watch.

Times are changing, but courtroom drama in real life is always out there. If they can reinvent it again to keep people’s attention, I suppose that will happen. One thing for sure there is the courtroom dramas the way we always knew them are now in the books folks. So reminisce and watch your reruns, but it is time to move forward and see what comes out next.

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September 2011 – Our director for the children’s theatre production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever had to drop the project. Therefore, we currently have no children’s theatre planned. We are looking for someone to step up to direct a show for our children’s theatre production. Come to our meeting this Sunday, September 11 at the Story City Mall in our costume shop space and propose a show!

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Judge Story Theatrical Troupe – Board Meeting

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Story City Outlet Mall

Attending: Lars Skaar – President, LeRoy Kester – Secretary, Linda Narigon – Secretary. Board Members: Julie Ferrell, Rhonda Hampton, Carol Reed. JSTT members: Veronica Skaar, Marian Olive, Walt Hermanson, Todd Reed, Lynnay Hites, Danny Ellis

Secretary Report

Last Regular meeting was held on April 10, 2011 at the Outlet Mall. A special meeting was held at Viking Hall on May 30, 2011. Meeting minutes were read for both meetings and approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Accounts are at around $4,488 less program and ticket printing bill of $1,258 = about $3,230.

Still receiving invoices and receipts from little women. Outstanding fees include: Creative Apparel, programs, sound system, makeup, dry cleaning, misc props and set items, other misc items to be turned in yet. Will be getting security deposit back from scripts.

Old Business

1. Discussed donation to Charleston Building. A motion was made to make a donation in the amount of $1,000. Discussion included the need for and proposed use of the building, can we afford this and is this something the theater troupe should support.

The building will house the GCC that presently pays rent. The GCC will rent out the apartments above to help sustain itself. It was determined we have the funds to afford this donation at this time and that an active downtown district and community is vital to the theater troupe’s future success. Motion passed (with zero nays and one abstained vote).

2.Little Women: The show went GREAT.

New Business

1. 2012 Show: How to Succeed in Business without Trying (H2$).

a. Prior tentative approval for rights expired. Reapplying for rights.

b. Cast of 40 to 50

2. Fall Children’s Theatre Proposal. Todd Reed submitted a proposal for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson.

a. Discussed cast and crew.

b. Proposed Policy and Procedures form for Parents and Actors

c. Schedule – will coordinate with school schedule. Auditions around mid September with Rehearsals beginning in mid October. Shows around first week of December. Venue?

d. Motion made to accept proposal. Motion passed.

3. March Show Proposal. Rhonda Todd noted “Arsenic and Old Lace or “Harvey” as possibilities.

4. Carl Hermanson is purchasing one dozen music stands for the Troupe.

5. Additional General Discussion:

a. Paul Weirson Barn Cleanout. Sometime this summer. Food, Water, Pop, Juices to be donated. Linda will discuss date with Paul Weirson.

b. Letter to Editor about Theater Troupe to educate community of its history and function. Discussed possible people to write letter.

c. Possible future donation concert for fundraiser?

d. Consider raising ticket costs for future shows.

e. Consider reserved seating tickets for Children’s Theater. Many young and elderly waited in a long line in very cold weather last winter and some were turned away at the door due to sold out shows.

6. Adjourned

Next meeting on July, 10th at 5:00 PM at the Outlet Mall (enter on the East side).

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda Narigon – JSTT Secretary


Judge Story Theatrical Troupe– Board Meeting

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Story City Outlet Mall

Attending: Lars Skaar – President, Cathy Hermanson – Vice-President, Linda Narigon -Secretary. Board Members: Julie Ferrell, Rhonda Hampton, Carol Reed. JSTT members: Veronica Skaar

Secretary Report

Last Regular meeting was held on June 12, 2011 at the Outlet Mall. A correction was made to the meeting minutes – in New Business, Item 3, Todd Reed recommended the March shows. Revised minutes were approved.


(This was not discussed at the meeting)

Since the last meeting, final bills were paid for Little Women, the last CD matured and was cashed in, and mall rental fees were paid for the year. As of the end of August 2011, there was $6,323.18 in savings and $2,406.72 in checking.

Old Business

1.Little Women: The show went GREAT.

New Business

1.Fall Children’s Theatre: No new proposals. No volunteer(s) for directing. No Children’s Theater show this fall.

2. Iowa Community Theater Association Grant Application discussion. $500 grant opportunity. We need a volunteer to facilitate this. No action taken.

3. Possible Barn Clean-up. Discussed dates. October 2nd selected. Linda will contact Paul – tentatively 2:00 to 6:00 and will send e-mail to group. Food and Drinks are being donated.

4. Web site updates. Lars has been updating the website this summer. Check it out!

5.2012 Show: How to Succeed in Business without Trying (H2$).

a. We are looking for an “Executive Desk” to use in the production. Possibly one with a marble inlay or a glass top.

6.2013 Scandi Days Musical  Proposals or Ideas? Cathy suggests Joseph for what will be the Theater’s 100th anniversary. Cathy will prepare a proposal to submit to the Troupe.

7.2012 March Show Proposal or Ideas. Todd Reed had ideas of “Arsenic and Old Lace” or “Harvey” at the June meeting. Discussed possibility of hors d’oeuvres or dinner theater. We need a volunteer director and an official proposal to the troupe.

8. Additional General Discussion:

a. Walt Hermanson is in the Actor’s show “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten”. Performances: September 23, 24, 30, October 1, 7, 8 at 7:30 PM; October 2, 9 at 2:00 PM. $15 tickets. Gallery 319, 310 Main Street, Ames,(515) 232-2354. Tickets available at the door subject to availability.

b. Julie Ferrell is in Iowa State’s production of “A Christmas Carol” in which she plays Mrs. Cratchit. December 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m.; December 4 at 1p.m. and December 11 at 2 p.m. at Fisher Theater – Ames. Adults $16, students $8. Single tickets are now available through the Stephens Box Office in Ames or any TicketMaster.

9. Adjourned.

Next meeting on October, 9th at 5:00 PM at the Outlet Mall (enter on the East side).

Respectfully Submitted,

Linda Narigon – JSTT Secretary