Theatre

9 Shows, 9 Nights

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 4th, 2014

Healthy area theater scene sees nine productions over nine nights

December may be a cold month, but stages across Fargo-Moorhead are on fire as nine concurrent, consecutive theater productions dot the calendar for nine straight nights.

From student shows to community companies to downtown stages, all performances offer a different story and style of theater. Now is the time to get out and explore the burgeoning F-M theater scene, and without further ado, here’s a rundown of the nine…

Read more...


​ Building ‘Storefront Church’

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 26th, 2014

Photo by Kris Kerzman

Theatre B holiday show explores deeper meaning in modern times

The holiday season means a lot of different things for everybody, including Theatre B. The downtown theater company is bringing the true meaning of the season to its stage with its latest offering, “Storefront Church.”

In typical Theatre B fashion, this John Patrick Shanley play features some social relevancy, found in the form of a modern-day Bronx building where a woman, a preacher and a group of people tackle a…

Read more...


​The brain behind ‘ben and trish.’

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 25th, 2014

Photo by Gojen Rajkumar

MSUM student aims high with original piece of theater

Local theater is suffering by no means in Fargo-Moorhead.

With the range of shows seen in the last year and still on the roster for 2014, our theater scene is lacking little. Among the main players onstage and behind the scenes, students are major contributors, with one Minnesota State University Moorhead senior adding a new dimension to F-M’s theater scene with his original play set to premiere Saturday, Dec. 6.

Theater arts major…

Read more...


​‘West Side Story’ from North side

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 19th, 2014

Photo by Della Nystrom

School’s first dance show in eight years

For Fargo North High, this fall’s musical is something of a first. At least in the last eight years.

In selecting “West Side Story” for the stage this fall, it’s the first “dance-heavy” show the high school has had since 2006’s “Pippin.” Director Tom Gillen thought it was time to do such a show, mainly because the right mix of boys was on hand, but also for another reason.

“I heard that we’d started to get a reputation…

Read more...


​Ensemble strength

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 12th, 2014

Photo by Brianne Lee

Concordia's ‘Les Misérables’ showcases student performing power in popular stage show

Concordia College Theatre sees the biggest show of its season these next two weekends. Bringing the beloved “Les Misérables” of Victor Hugo heritage to its Mainstage Theatre, the college company will showcase ensemble strength in this popular production.

Commissioned by former theater faculty member Jennifer Thomas, “Les Misérables” (or “Les Miz”) follows in the tracks of shows like…

Read more...


Season of ‘merry’-making

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 30th, 2014

Photo by Joseph Ravits

After spring world premiere, F-M Opera still has something new up its sleeve

Ending its last season on a high note with its first world premiere co-production, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera is back once more for another season of premieres, so to speak.

For 2014-2015, the F-M Opera is moving away from the tried-and-true titles it has performed over the past 40-plus years, and it is doing different productions this year. These are shows never-before-seen in Fargo-Moorhead, and the first of…

Read more...


​Rocky Horror Rock and Roll

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 23rd, 2014

Photo by Michael Jahnl

Cult classic film sees MTFM stage adaptation

Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead has seen you shiver with antici … pation for the troupe’s new season opener of “The Rocky Horror Show.” The cult classic film’s stage version comes to life at The Stage at Island Park for MTFM’s 10th season debut and just in time for Halloween.

As the ultimate cult classic, “Rocky Horror” has been enjoyed by fans for 40 years, and in bringing such a show to the stage, director Christopher Damlo knew it…

Read more...


Open for business

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 23rd, 2014

 ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ begins new season for Theatre NDSU

Photo by Dan Koeck

Coming off its centennial season, Theatre NDSU is diving into its next 100 years with “Little Shop of Horrors,” the dark comedy musical running around Halloween at the school’s Askanase Auditorium.

Set in the 1960s on Skid Row in New York, “Little Shop” follows Seymour and Audrey, two coworkers caught in a love story with a menacing, man-eating plant in the middle.

“It’s a campy, fun show,” director Hardy…

Read more...


Mind Vs. Body

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 2nd, 2014

Photo by Kensie Wallner

Theatre B's "Wit" takes us on a Journey Through Cancer

Beginning Theatre B’s 12th season of shows is a play that is a little more aged when compared to the company’s past productions.

Margaret Edson’s “Wit,” the 1999 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is older than Theatre B’s typically newer and emergent onstage stories, but age is just a number with this play. It’s all about the story and the universal journey it encompasses: that of a cancer patient.

“We were…

Read more...


​50 years of Hootenannies

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 12th, 2014

It’s a summer of celebration at the Fair Hills Resort on Pelican Lake in Minnesota lakes country. The resort’s long-running musical variety show Hootenanny (“The Hoot”) enters its 50th season this month, marking half a century of fun for all.

Family-owned since 1926, the Fair Hills Resort has had singalongs and “community sings” since the 1930s. What started as simple beach bonfires and marshmallow roasts blossomed into an original onstage musical variety show by 1965, with…

Read more...


Tracker Pixel for Entry Josh1 Tracker Pixel for Entry Pamela1 Tracker Pixel for Entry Ruth2 Tracker Pixel for Entry Heidi3 Tracker Pixel for Entry District21 Tracker Pixel for Entry Brifki1

Recently in:

FARGO – Ellen Chaffee wanted to know how much lobbyists were spending to influence North Dakota legislators. Online searches ended in dead ends. As the founders of North Dakotans for Public Integrity, Chaffee and Dina Butcher…

by Ryan Jankeryanjanke@hpr1.comZero Gravity Alternative Fitness will present their annual Halloween showcase this Saturday at their studio in south Fargo. The event, aptly named Poletergeist II, is a chance for students and staff…

Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 - 8 p.m.Atonement Lutheran Church, 4601 University Drive S., FargoBring the kids for candy and fun! This family-friendly halloween event has fun for everyone! There will be trunk or treating outside, a…

This weekend I was showing a friend of mine some Fargo hotspots. He was visiting from the West Coast, so naturally I was playing up the Midwest’s many charms. He mentioned that one thing that differed from the West Coast was the…

Gadfly

Goodbye Democracy!

by Ed Raymond

How today’s “christians” hammered the nails into the hands and feet of christHistorian Christopher Browning, who has spent a lifetime studying the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and the World War II era of Europe, has expressed…

FARGO - A collection of memories from High Plains Reader's annual Cocktail Showdown. Participants were judged on creativity, flavor, and presentation; and this year we added a new category. Like years before, each establishment was…

by Ryan Jankeryan.janke78@gmail.com The scent of sauerkraut will be in the air next Wednesday when the Wishek Association of Commerce hosts the 93rd Annual Sauerkraut Day festival in Wishek, ND.The city of Wishek is situated 30…

We started our interview with JBOT, Captured! By Robots front man, captive and creator by playing a small bout of phone tag. You see, his internet went out and that sent his mind racing. Once we touched base, he said, “For a…

Damien Chazelle’s fourth feature follows the trajectory common to the careers of many ambitious and talented filmmakers honored with Academy Awards: the dissipation of rawness and experimentation as budgets, expectations, and…

I came to Mineral Point, Wisconsin for the art. The tiny town among the rolling hills about 50 miles southwest of Madison is home to just 2,491 souls and 25 art galleries and studios. Any community with that much creative energy…

by Stella Mehlhoffstellamehlhoff@gmail.com“Our mission is to invigorate civic conversation through intimate and transformative storytelling.” This statement posted on Theatre B’s website and tacked to their studio wall in…

Those who have been reading my articles for a while may remember when I interviewed Zachary Tooker about the Level Two Comedy Club at the Radisson in Fargo. While the club may have unfortunately closed, Tooker has not ceased…

Beer Snob

Warm up with a hot toddy

by HPR Contributor

by Ben Myhrebenmyhre35@gmail.com Fall is once again upon us. The leaves are turning, gardens have been pulled, and Summer’s heat has waned into Autumnal frosts. Along with the change of seasons comes a change of seasonal flavors.…

I’m a big man, I’m tall and powerful, but this also causes some issues in the body department. I suffer from acute scoliosis in my lower back, and pain radiates from this area on a daily basis. I have only ever had one massage…

By Melissa Martinmelissamartincounselor@live.comThink back to one of your worst small decisions. Then answer the following questions:How did you make the decision?What happened after the decision?When did you know it was the worst…

There are two ways to look at the recommendation of Administrative Law Judge Patrick Ward that the North Dakota Public Service Commission dismiss the complaint against that (expletive deleted) Meridian Energy for failing to get a…