Theatre

​‘West Side Story’ from North side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Q&A with Gregory Berger-Sobeck

October 10th, 2013

Top LA acting teacher to host workshop in Fargo

Gregory Berger-Sobeck, a top Los Angeles acting coach and MFA graduate of the Yale School of Drama (the same acting school that brought us Meryl Streep and Frances McDormand) will be giving a workshop here at Theatre B.

While pursuing an acting career in LA in 2007, Fargo-native Justin Barnum was looking for a good scene study class. After seeing a friend give a dazzling performance at a theater in LA, he couldn’t help but ask who her…

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Straw Hat Players celebrate their 50th season

June 6th, 2013

Design by Raul Gomez Straw Hat Players are wrapping up their morning rehearsal on Friday, May 31 and are about to break for lunch.

Young adults dressed in loose t-shirts, baggy shorts and tennis shoes sit on the wooden floor and listen to a man dressed in similar clothing, sitting in a chair above them next to a music stand full of notebooks and office papers.

Full-length mirrors line the wall behind the man while ballet bars line the wall opposite. Posters of past Minnesota State University Moorhead shows…

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Q&A with comedian Maria Bamford

April 11th, 2013

Most people probably know Duluth-bred comedian Maria Bamford from Target’s Black Friday commercials.

“Ah! Ah! It’s heeeeeere!” she yelped with the most intense facial expressions anyone has ever seen on a blonde “mother” clothed in a pleasant, red and white, button-up dress.

There is a good reason Target hired Bamford. She’s from the company’s home state – Minnesota. And she’s outrageously funny.

Like many comics, Bamford employs self-deprecating humor. But what makes…

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