Theatre

​“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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When it comes to diversity

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 7th, 2016

By Alex Huntsberger

Like the Republican Party, theatre is a grand old American institution suffering from a severe racial diversity problem; unlike the GOP, it’s also one whose lack of racial diversity goes directly against the principles it espouses.

Cowering in fear that their old, white affluent subscriber bases will run screaming into the street if they tell stories written by, aimed at or featuring people of color—theatres across the country have displayed a conservative approach…

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​NEW BLU-RAYS REVISIT UNDERRATED COMEDIES

by Christopher P. Jacobs | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 31st, 2016

Last month a couple of overlooked comedies from the mid-60s and early 70s made their Blu-ray debuts. Both were box office disappointments when originally released and continue to elicit mixed responses, but have gained fans over the intervening decades.

Peter Sellers and Victor Mature star in “After the Fox” (1966), Vittoria DeSica’s entertaining satire on heist films, Italian culture, and the magical power of movies themselves over the public, filmmakers, and critics. Neil Simon…

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A new tradition ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ begins new future for Sheyenne High Theatre

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 11th, 2016

photo by Michael Benedict

In its first year as its own theater department, Sheyenne High School Theatre is paving the way for the future with a classic from the past.

“Fiddler on the Roof” will open the West Fargo high school’s first solo season as its cast and crew latch onto the musical’s elements of tradition to build on for years to come.

“Last year, I’d say there was a bit of a disconnect, certainly for the students and maybe myself and our audience,” director Adam Pankow said. “This year I…

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