... for 'Dinner with Friends'

Thank you letter

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2004

The Montessori Adolescent Program families would like to thank the following individuals and businesses that played an instrumental role in this year's primary fund-raiser, the play "Dinner with Friends."

First and foremost, we would like to thank the Christian family for all their tireless efforts and complete dedication. Louanne, without you this project would have never evolved from idea to reality. Your indomitable spirit, organizational efforts, ability to recruit helpers, as well as production and stage management experience was instrumental in pulling off this endeavor. Ed, thanks for suggesting the project and all your creative energies serving as one of the primary actors. Kai, thanks for pitching in as lead baby-sitter.

We would also like to thank the other members of the cast and crew. Thank you Gina Spartz, Joyce Parry Moore and Patrick Moore for bringing your considerable artistic energies and time to your acting roles. Thank you Terry Cramer and David Woodie for your set design, Susan Pollard for costume design, Gordon Sandy for lighting and Carrick Davis for sound design. Thanks must also be extended to Terry Cramer for directing this creative cast and crew towards a fine production. Thank you for your considerable time and energies. Thanks should also go out to the production staff including Darla Buck and Susan Wilder, who served as assistant stage managers; Bruce Tenney, Joe Buck, Mike Mathews, Tom Erickson, Joe Ross and Ed Christian, who worked on set construction; Deborah Stovern, our upholsterer; Louanne Christian and Penny Schrader, our property managers; Marilyn Holmes and Ed Christian for their beautiful poster photography and poster design; and Hillary Buck, Elizabeth Bauer and Sofia Tenney, who served as resident baby-sitters. A special thanks should also go out to our running crew, Beth Leban, Dominic Bradford, Alison Talley, Darla Buck and Maria Moya. Additional thanks needs to be extended to the businesses and organizations that contributed towards this project, including KTOO, KINY, Perseverance Theatre, Rainbow Foods, Alaska Litho, Juneau Douglas Little Theater, Theatre in the Rough, Valley Lumber and Building Supply and Southeast Alaska Friends of Montessori.

Thanks to all the other individuals who helped round out the effort, including Sergei Morosan, Marilyn Wright, Marshal Kendziorek, Shauna Murray, Bruce Botelho, Lynette Turner, Jim Simard, Chris Trostel, Rick Trostel, Larry Talley, Mathew Talley, Miranda Noel, Constance Hartle, Michael Bucy, Marta Lastufka, Michael Pollard, Ben Krall, Calvin Anderson, Jeff Hermann, Kate Gowns, Tom Linklater, Mary Stone, Lisa Weissler, Lupita Alvarez, Kelly McLean, Sharon Baker, Mike Peterson, Jonathan Pollard, Peter Freer, Zach Falcon, Shar Smith, McLean Cannon, Susan Pollard, Mary Jane Tenney, Mary Sweeney, Rich Stone, Helen Phillips, Bill Fritz, Mike Noel, Jordan Sanders and Mary Kotyk.

We would like to thank the Juneau community by sharing with you the recipe for the play's keystone culinary dish, lemon almond polenta cake:


1 lb. unsalted butter (room temp.)

1 lb. fine sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

10 ounces ground almonds

6 medium eggs

zest of 4 lemons

juice of one lemon

8 oz. polenta flour

112 teaspoons baking powder

14 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Grease and flour a 12-inch cake tin. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in the almonds and vanilla, followed by the eggs, one at a time. Add lemon zest, juice, polenta flour, baking powder and salt. Stir together and pour into baking tin. Bake for about 45 minutes. The cake should be firm in the center and golden on top. Bon appetite!

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