Musician to bring spirited historical show to Munster

2012-12-26T20:45:00Z Musician to bring spirited historical show to MunsterEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Jim Post enjoyed his visit to Munster's Theatre at the Center so much during his performance last year of "Mark Twain and the Laughing River" that he's back again this season.

The folk singer, musician, songwriter and actor will perform "Galena Rose: How Whiskey Won the West," today through Sunday at Theatre at the Center.

"It's a great space with good people running it," Post said about Munster's venue.

Post's show "Galena Rose" was first performed more than 20 years ago. He's presented it to audiences around the country. A resident of Galena, Post said the production, considered a musical docu-drama, is meant to be entertaining as well as educational.

"Galena is known as 'the little town that time forgot,'" Post said.

Through the show, he said, he aims to provide a history of Galena from the 1800s to present day while offering stories of the town's people and characters from everyday folk to gamblers and whiskey drinkers.

"Seven hundred people a day passed through Galena to get to the West" (during the gold rush period), he explained.

The actor/musician, a native of Texas, said he's lived in Galena since 1974. He fell in love with the town and quickly decided to make it his home. He and his wife, Janet, continue to enjoy the sights, sounds, history and beauty of the area.

Post's audiences are fascinated by the slice of Americana that prevails throughout not only "Galena Rose" but also his Mark Twain piece.

According to Post, young audience members will get another view of history through the musical docu-drama, and in fact, won't look at history the same.

"My wife always says, 'If only history teachers could teach like this.'"

Post said he's long been a history buff and has been particularly attracted by American history, folklore and happenings.

"I love history. (In the show) these people from 1820 come alive on that stage. People will see their blemishes, joys, wishes and more. This brings it all together," he said.

Post, who was a popular figure during the Chicago folk renaissance four decades ago, is also known for his pop song "Reach Out of the Darkness," which hit the airwaves in the late 1960s.

"Galena Rose: How Whiskey Won the West" will be performed at 2 p.m. today; 2 and 7 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for children. A 1 p.m. brunch will be served on Sunday. Tickets are an additional $22.50 for the brunch. For tickets, call (219) 836-3255 or visit TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

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