A technician’s job doesn’t require much socializing, so when Lorelle Neu wanted to get over her shyness, she turned to an acting company for help.
Four years ago the Brookdale Chevrolet technician joined the Old West Society of Minnesota, and then became part of the Silas McFee Medicine Show. Both are historical reenactment groups that bring history alive, most often at county fairs.
They create short plays to tell real stories of the Wild West. Characters can include the town sheriff, saloon waitresses, cowboys, bad guys, ladies of the night and mothers. “Typical” situations involve bank robbers and other dramatic scenes. She has played a can-can dancer, an old west prairie girl, and family members. You can also see Neu at the Renaissance Fair taking on the costumer and character of the event.
“I pull the bustle out when I need to play a high class lady.” Lorelle Neu, technician, costume maker, actress
When the store announced the Christmas party’s western theme, she knew what costume to wear. Neu had just put the finishing touches on her sophisticated, modern lady, old west outfit. Complete with a bustle and fan, there was no question when the judges came around that she would win the $100 gift card for the best female costume.
Going by her stage name, Lorelle Fitz, she is busy throughout the summer acting and making costumes. She is also involved with the acting company in research, writing scripts and rehearsing the plays.