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Youth and the performing arts: Maryville Young Players

Posted February 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles that feature Nodaway County groups involved in theater, speech and debate.

Understanding the importance of the arts in student growth and development – and seeing a need in Nodaway County – Pat Immel and Vanessa Parsons created Maryville Young Players in the fall of 2006.

“Maryville, like many small communities in rural Missouri, has an abundance of sports-related activities for young people during the summer break,” Immel, Northwest Missouri State associate professor of theater, said, “but virtually no activities designed specifically to engage and promote the performing arts.”

The duo developed a two-week summer day camp which started with approximately 40 students presenting

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    County native pens his memoir

    Marvin Wilmes, son of Alfred and Peggy and a 1973 Northeast Nodaway graduate, has written his debut memoir, “Beyond the Horizon.”

    It is a touching story of his early life and the challenges he faced in the watershed years of 1963 and 1984.

    “In all joy, there is sadness. In all sadness, there is joy,” says Wilmes.

    Wilmes faced a challenge in 1984

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