Theatre

​NDSU updates ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 15th, 2017

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: the Viennese musical prodigy is a household name with a prolific catalogue of work. Even to those largely unfamiliar with classical music his name calls up musical genius, Einstein with music. During his relatively short life he penned dozens of symphonies and concertos and scored several operas, both comic and tragic.

The production of “The Marriage of Figaro,” performed by students of North Dakota State University, is a classic example of romantic comedy…

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​Bare necessities: MSUM’s ‘Full Monty’ promises raucous fun

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 15th, 2017

The MSUM School of Performing Arts version of “The Full Monty” is an Americanized pop-rock musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name. And they are bringing it to local audiences February 15 – 18 at the Hansen Theatre. All shows start at 7:30 p.m .

Nominated for ten Tony awards, “The Full Monty” is a based on a book by Terrence McNally, with an award-winning score by David Yazbek. It won a Drama Desk Award in 2001 for Outstanding Music. It has…

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​Phantom of the Opera

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 8th, 2017

Get ready for the iconic, ominous pipe organ, a moving and tragic story, and more outstanding acting and music as Sheyenne High School Theatre is set to bring the regional amateur premiere of Broadway’s longest running musical, “The Phantom of the Opera.” Performances are scheduled February 10, 11, 17 & 18 @ 7:30pm and February 12 & 19 @ 2:30pm on the Mainstage.

“The Phantom of the Opera,” based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, was the basis of several movies, and its…

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​Art versus family

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 18th, 2017

Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) is marking its 70th season with a production of “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz (“The Substance of Fire,” “The Slap”). The play was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It also received five Tony Award nominations for its Broadway run. FMCT’s production begins January 27 and runs through February 4 at The Stage at Island Park.

“Other Desert Cities” involves a family with differing political views and a…

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​From the page to the stage: “Slice of Life” at Theatre B

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 14th, 2016

A new play by Wisconsin-based James Devita (“A Winsome Murder,” “Silenced”) is currently being performed by Fargo’s Theatre B in their temporary home, The Broadway Theatre Garage. The play opened Thanksgiving weekend and runs through New Year’s Eve. According to the director, David Wintersteen, it is about “two families finding a way to come together.” He would consider it rated “R” for language, but he highly recommends it as a play for “adult children and…

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​A white Christmas in more ways than one

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 7th, 2016

As anyone who has lived in Fargo for any period of time knows, we are at precious little risk of not having the proverbial “White Christmas.” If anything, we have a surplus of the white fluffy stuff throughout the winter. Those times that that’s not the case are generally a fluke. So far, this year seems like one of those flukes.

Perhaps it’s only fitting, then, that the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre is putting on a stage adaptation of perennial holiday favorite “White…

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​No ordinary pig or spider: “Charlotte’s Web” on stage

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 9th, 2016

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.” – Charlotte to Wilbur, “Charlotte’s Web”

A theatrical adaptation of the…

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​Rocky Horror live in Grand Forks

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 26th, 2016

It’s time to do the timewarp… again. To be exact, this is the 14th year that the Nine and Numb Entertainment troupe of Tampa, Fla. will bring their “Rocky Horror Picture Show – LIVE!” to the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, N.D. The director, actors, and producers invite you to celebrate Halloween a little early with productions on October 28th, 29th and 31st at midnight.

"We are so excited to be back," says Kelly Clow, the production's director and producer, and occasionally…

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​Anna Carol accepts position with F-M Community Theatre

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 19th, 2016

By Amy Venn amyvenn86@gmail.com

Anna Carol returned home to the Midwest after accepting the position as interim Artistic Director with the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMTC) last week. Carol is a Minnesota native and a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance, Directing, and Dance.

After finishing her first degree, Carol spent some time teaching and performing in Minneapolis, but started to dream bigger. “I…

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​“Proof”: prize-winning drama at Concordia

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 12th, 2016

Photo by Maddie Malat

Concordia College Theatre kicks off its season with a performance run of playwright David Auburn’s 4-character play, “Proof.” Proof examines themes of mental health, gender, relationships and trust. This show is intended for mature audiences. The show kicked off Tuesday, and remaining performances are at 8pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with a 2pm matinee on Sunday the 16th.

The plot of “Proof” revolves around Catherine, a mathematician; her recently…

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