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Chautauqua Presents Forest Service History

June 3, 2008

Centennial Green, a historical musical about the U.S. Forest Service presented by the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, will air on Milwaukee Public Television's MPTV-10 Wednesday, June 25, at 11 p.m.

Centennial Green: The Over and Understory of the Forest Service in Song, was performed by Big Top Chautauqua Blue Canvas Orchestra at Milwaukee's Pabst Theatre. The one-hour special tells the story of the U.S. Forest Service through songs, readings, skits, scenic images, and historic film footage.

The presentation was developed and written by Chautauqua Musical Director Warren Nelson to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Forest Service. The Service supplied Nelson with historical materials, photos, songs, photographs, and films for the project.

MPTV recorded the show in high-definition before a live audience at the Pabst Theatre last spring under the direction of Raul Galvan and Dan Braovac.

Award-winning U.S. Forest Service videographers Dave Steinke and Steve Dunsky produced Centennial Green for the Forest Service. Pro Video Productions, Inc. of Duluth, Minnesota, provided additional film of Nelson exploring Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to complement the musical.

Centennial Green debuted under Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua's 900-seat tent theatre in Bayfield, Wisconsin, and also was performed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, DC, as well as other venues.

The Centennial Green high-definition DVD soon will be available at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, 888-244-8368, and