Theatre

​F-M Ballet: ‘Wizard of Oz’ gets a dance treatment

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29th, 2017

photo by Ariel Wethern

Ever since its publication in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” has delighted and inspired millions of people, both children and adults. The classic American tale of plucky Dorothy traveling the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to see the Wizard of Oz with her companions Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, has inspired any number of adaptations and spinoffs, such as the famous 1939 film starring Judy Garland.

The Fargo-Moorhead Ballet aims…

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​A night of entertainment at ‘Plaza Suite’

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

When I arrived at the practice space for Tin Roof Theatre in the Moorhead Center Mall for an interview last week the place was decked out with set pieces and stage flats, preparations for their upcoming show.

Tin Roof founder Karla Pederson and this show’s guest director James DeBrito were all too happy to share information with me about the upcoming production of famed playwright Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite.”

Afterwards, I helped Pederson move some flats around. The whole scene…

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​Artful acting: MSUM Straw Hat’s 54th season

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 1st, 2017

The Straw Hat Players at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) are preparing for their 54th season of bringing summer theatre to our area. Craig Ellingson, Director of Theatre Arts and Dance at MSUM, gave some details about the upcoming season. Ellingson is in his 19th year at MSUM.

The offerings for the 54th season are “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits” beginning May 30; “Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping,” June 6; Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie”…

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​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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