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November 8, 2018
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Bentley man wounded in Italy during WWII

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Phil Dosien shows the Bronze Star he earned during WWII. His division helped attack the Germans’ last line of defense in Italy.Phil Dosien shows the Bronze Star he earned during WWII. His division helped attack the Germans’ last line of defense in Italy.By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—Despite his experience fighting in the deadliest war in human history, Phil Dosien of Bentley hasn’t allowed that to darken his view of humanity.

“I’ve always been a pretty optimistic kind of guy,” he said.

Dosien served in the 91st Infantry Division during World War II, fighting in Italy. He was wounded during battle and was honored with several medals, including a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and a Presidential Unit Citation.

“You can’t imagine how horrible it was,” Dosien said about the war. “When I talk about it now, it just seems like a dream.”

Now 94, Dosien has lived in the Bentley area his entire life. He grew up on a farm a half-mile east of Bentley and was drafted into the war at age 19 in August 1943. He noted that a lot of his friends from the area were also drafted, but none of them went to the same place.

Dosien was sent to Camp Adair for basic training, which is about 90 miles south of Portland Oregon.

“I learned how to walk,” he said with a laugh about his time there. “We walked a thousand miles every day, it seemed like.”

As a machine gunner for the weapons platoon, he learned how to dismantle a machine gun so well that he could do it in the dark.

His company moved out by rail to Norfolk, Virginia in April 1944, and soon after they boarded a ship to make the 18-day journey to Oran, Algeria in Africa.

“We made a convoy of, I don’t know, maybe a hundred ships,” Dosien said. “As far as I could see both ways.”

When asked how many soldiers were on each ship, his response was “too many.”

“We were all crammed in there,” he said. “A liberty ship’s not very big when you’re talking about ships. The guy above me barely had room to slide into his bunk.”

Arriving in Africa, Dosien’s division continued training and practiced landing maneuvers for two solid weeks, boarding a boat at night and then climbing back down by rope ladder at 4 a.m. They would then hit the beach and simulate a landing. They were preparing for an invasion of the southern coast of France, but due to a change of plans the division instead was sent to Italy.

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Halstead to present iconic 'Singin' in the Rain'

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By Jared JanzenMax Cubbage as Cosmo Brown, Josh Loucks as Don Lockwood and Kaitlyn Thomas as Kathy Selden sing “Broadway Melody” during rehearsal for Halstead High School’s performance of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Showtimes are at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.Max Cubbage as Cosmo Brown, Josh Loucks as Don Lockwood and Kaitlyn Thomas as Kathy Selden sing “Broadway Melody” during rehearsal for Halstead High School’s performance of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Showtimes are at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

HALSTEAD—Halstead High School students will be bringing what’s been called the greatest film musical every made to life this weekend, “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Showtimes are 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday in the Halstead High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

The musical, set in the late 1920s, follows the story of several Hollywood actors during the time when film was transition from silent films to “talkies.

The cast is led by junior Josh Loucks as the successful actor Don Lockwood and senior Kaitlyn Thomas as actress Kathy Selden.

Another actress, Lina Lamont, is played by senior Christian Weideman. Lamont was a popular actress in silent films, but whose grating voice is not ideal for “talkies.”

“Her voice is the most annoying thing in the world, but in a silent film, no one knew,” director Claire Clifford said.

Sophomore Max Cubbage also has a leading role as Lockwood’s friend and partner, Cosmo Brown.

Loucks said that playing Don Lockwood is a lot different than roles he’s played in the past, like the crazy Senator Phogbound in “Li’l Abner” or the serious Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”

“This character is kind of laid-back and really confident about everything, and I really like it,” Loucks said.

Loucks admitted he wasn’t very familiar with “Singin’ in the Rain” prior beginning rehearsals.

“I had heard of it, and so we watched it once we learned that we were going to do it, and I liked it,” he said. “Right off the bat I was like, ‘Ooh, this is going to be a fun one.”

He said the biggest challenge in learning this role was the increased amount of dancing required.

“There are a lot more dances in this one than the other plays I’ve been in, and tapping in itself is a lot more fast-paced than the dances that I’m used to,” Loucks said.

Loucks’s character is only one of three in the show who tap-dance, complete with actual tap shoes. The other two are Cubbage’s and Thomas’s characters, and Thomas agreed that learning to tap dance had been one of the most challenging parts for her, too.

“It’s a pretty natural role to get into,” she said about her character, “Although I would say the tap dancing is something new.”

Thomas said that after she watched the musical to get ready for auditions, she knew she wanted to get the part of Kathy Seldon. This character has allowed her to explore a new side of her acting abilities. 

“The other ones that I’ve been in I’ve played younger people, particularly naïve, kind of stupid people,” she said. “This year I’m someone who’s mature and has her stuff together, and I think it’s different because I’m not looking at the world with innocent eyes; I’m looking at the world with knowing eyes.”

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Sedgwick goes green with 'Shrek'

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The lead characters in “Shrek” are Fiona (sophomore Cora Harper), Shrek (senior Derek Rowley), and Donkey (senior Brandon Grandstaff).The lead characters in “Shrek” are Fiona (sophomore Cora Harper), Shrek (senior Derek Rowley), and Donkey (senior Brandon Grandstaff).By Bill Bush

SEDGWICK—Students at Sedgwick High School have worked hard to bring the beloved story of “Shrek” to the stage. This week their hard work will come to fruition with two public performances on Thursday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

The play, “Shrek,” is a musical, and the storyline is similar to the successful movie.

Sophomore Cora Harper, who plays Fiona, said “it’s kind of weird, but fun,” to play such a well-known character.

Senior Derek Rowley plays Shrek and voiced similar sentiments.

“There was a lot of pressure at first,” he said. “You have a lot of character you have to live up to. I’ve kind of found my niche and made it my thing.”

Senior Brandon Grandstaff seems comfortable as his role as Donkey.

“It’s really fun,” Grandstaff said. “I love being the comedic relief.”

Grandstaff said that even though many parts of the play are almost exactly like the movie, others are not.

“We have more romantic scenes with Fiona than the movie,” he said. “I feel it’s a lot more in-depth of a story than the movie is.”

One character Grandstaff mentioned specifically as being more developed in the play is that of Lord Farquaad, played by freshman Sam Culp.

“Sam nailed it on the head as Farquaad,” Grandstaff said. “He really impressed me. He’s really good. He’s also a great singer.”

Culp thinks playing familiar characters has made it easier.

“In the past, you pretend like you know who they [your characters] are, and you have to decide everything for yourself,” Culp said. “But now that we are fairy tale creatures, we’ve all know them since we were little.”

In addition to the Thursday and Saturday evening performances, the high school will present “Shrek” to the elementary students on Friday afternoon.

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