Theatre

​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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​Rocking relevance

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 27th, 2016

Act Up Theatre is bringing the popular stage adaptation of Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, to the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre at Concordia College for a six-night run. Pennie Fike is producing the run for Act Up Theatre, and Rebecca Meyer-Larson is directing the show.

The musical “American Idiot” is adapted from Green Day’s very successful, Grammy Award-winning album of the same name from 2004. In addition to featuring all of the songs from the American Idiot album,…

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​F-M Community Theatre: Peter Pan, Billy Elliot, and Stephen King

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

by Alex Huntsberger

Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre recently announced the slate of shows for its 70th season, which begins in the fall of this year.

The first Mainstage play will be “Peter and the Starcatcher”, a whimsical, highly theatrical prequel to Peter Pan (If you saw the movie “Pan” and hated it…okay if you saw the movie “Pan” at all, you can rest assured that “Peter and the Starcatcher” is much, much better). It runs October 7-9and 13-16.

The second production…

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​NDSU Opera Production: ‘HMS Pinafore’

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 11th, 2016

By Alex Huntsberger

Photo by Kensie Wallner

If there’s one question that has hounded theatregoers from wing to stall over the past century more than any other, it is most certainly the following: how would W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan have fared had they been originators of the classic 70’s sitcom, ‘The Love Boat’? And now, courtesy of NDSU Opera’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic opera “HMS Pinafore”, we finally have an answer: they would have done…

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THEATRE: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 27th, 2016

by Alex Huntsberger

In an age when producers in theatre, television and film are all searching their couches for viable IP (Intellectual Property) to convert into new content, I suppose an Addams Family musical was inevitable—even if it wasn’t that advisable. The show was panned when it opened on Broadway in a production starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, and it underwent subsequent revisions before its first national tour, many of which were actually quite well received.

While the…

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​‘THE SWEET NEW’ OFFERS A STORY OF TRANSFORMATION

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 15th, 2016

By Ben Haugmo

As human beings, none of us are strangers to change. From births to marriages to deaths, events occur in our lives that leave us different than we were before.

Like all of us, Raymond Rea is no stranger to change. He used the experiences of both himself and his family to inspire his upcoming play, ‘The Sweet New.’ The play follows an Italian-American family over the course of three generations and the unique changes each family member undergoes. The three main characters…

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​MSUM PUTTING IN THE WORK ON ‘WORKING’

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 14th, 2016

By Alex Huntsberger

It takes a lot of work to make a play. Learning lines, learning songs, learning blocking and choreography and learning how to be someone you are not. Rehearsing until you get it right and then rehearsing even more until you can’t get it wrong.

Theatre might seem a silly diversion to some, something people do because they want to be in spotlight, to be showered with applause—and sometimes it is. But it takes a lot of work to do it.

I reflected on this while I sat in…

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What is acceptable comedy?

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​The other shoe

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