The Original Iron County Summer Camp Musical Hits the Stage Saturday

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CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (WLUC) — “One Wonderful Day” is an original musical written about the Fortune Lake Lutheran camp in Crystal Falls. Co-writer and producer Christopher Warmanen has many special memories to share.

“I actually grew up in Fortune Lake,” Warmanen said. “My dad was the director for many years, from the late 1970s to 1994. It was truly a labor of love for me to bring this story of Fortune Lake to life on stage that people never seen before.”

More than 30 cast members began rehearsing on Monday. Warmanen said the show was about a “day in the life” at camp.

“We started the whole idea about three years ago, where we were planning Fortune Lake’s 90th anniversary, but due to the pandemic, it got delayed,” Warmanen explained. “We’re really excited to have it come to life this week.”

With less than a week to prepare, Eliisa Herman is tasked with choreographing the show.

“This show was really fun because a lot of the songs you’re going to hear already have camp-themed moves,” Herman said. “We took them and adapted them to make them more theatrical.”

The cast read the script for the first time on Sunday evening. Warmanen is excited for the rest of the week.

“We’ve been working on it for almost three years, and then finally having it come to life where everyone is in one place and reading it, that was really exciting to hear,” Warmanen said.

The show will take place at the Crystal Theater on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available here.

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