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…

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​ 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…

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​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…

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​‘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…

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​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…

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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…

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​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…

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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…

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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…

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​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…

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