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‘Pirates of Penzance’ coming to Staples 

STAPLES — Auditions are scheduled for the Lamplighter Community Theatre’s summer production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” 

Audition times/dates: 3:15-5 p.m. March 14; 7 p.m. March 15 and 17; and 3 p.m. March 19 at the choir room at Staples Motley High School. 

This comic light opera is one of the most famous by Gilbert and Sullivan, full of pirates, sword fights, cops, lovely daughters and memorable music. High schoolers through adults can audition for primary parts and the chorus. 

Everyone must prepare a piece of music for the auditions. Audition appointments are available by contacting vocal director Pam Quance Harris at (218) 316-7224 or Performances are June 23-25 and June 29-July 1 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.

Photography workshop, exhibition

The Q Gallery at Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd is presenting its Picturing 2011 exhibition that will be free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday through March 25.

Seventy-seven photographs have been chosen by professional photographers Aaron Hautala and John Linn and amateur photographers Roy Abbott, David Barthel, John Bonde, Dave Boran, James Cordell, Jeff Collins, Kylee Conner, Michael Duval, Sarah Fairbanks, Vicki Foss, Gary Harris, Sharon Harris, Lisa Haste, Sandra Holm, Charles Johnson, Doug Livingston, Mike Morris, Gregory J. Murrey, Lorraine Northagen, Douglas Oldham, John Overland, Brenda K. Pfeffer, Kya Rabehl, Jake Rennaker, Mary H. Roberts, Jim Roelofs, Ronald Starke, Brian Tollerud, Sunday Trott and Mike Vogt.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the 11th annual Picturing photography workshops and reception are scheduled Saturday. The workshops will be in the Franklin Arts Center auditorium and the exhibition and reception at the Q Gallery, where Brainerd Dispatch photographer Kelly Humphrey will be honored as Photographer of the Year. 

The workshop begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Full-day price for adults is $40 and $20 for students.

Presenters include John Linn and Michael Schoenecker of Adventure Advertising, who will discuss why photos look perfect in magazines and advertisements; Carl Corey, who will show images from his latest series and book, “The Tavern League,” and will discuss working on longterm projects from a documentary perspective andl outline the process of selection, execution, editing and publishing; Sparky Stensaas of www.sparky, who will present high-definition video and still images to explore northern Black Spruce and Tamarack Bogs; and a Q&A with speakers and a slide show by Humphrey.

The reception to honor Humphrey will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $15 or $5 off to any workshop students, Crossing Arts Alliance members or Focal Point Photo Club members.

To register for the workshop, contact the Crossing Arts Alliance at 833-0416, or

Sponsors of the event are The Crossing Arts Alliance, The Brainerd Dispatch, Insty-Prints and Focal Point Photo Club.

Baxter woman has play reading in N.D.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Mary Aalgaard, a writer living in Baxter, is one of the six women playwrights whose work will be read Saturday at the Fire Hall Theatre in Grand Forks, N.D.  

The event “She Speaks — N.D.” is being jointly produced by the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre and the International Center for Women Playwrights.

Aalgaard has been writing short plays with children and skits for various events for years. “Coffee Shop Confessions” is her first full-length play that will be read Saturday. She was inspired to write it because she spends much of her time hanging out in coffee shops. Aalgaard plans to have the full play performed at the Coco Moon in Brainerd later this spring. 

The staged-readings are in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Other writers whose work is included are Margaret Bail, Adonica Schultz Aune, Kathy Coudle-King, Charlotte Helgeson and Debbie Pfluhoeft-Hassett. Directors include Marie Strinden, Jared Fladeland, Carly Flaagan and Larissa Netterlund.

Tickets are $5 and go to the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, as well as the International Center for Women Playwrights.

Fabulous Armadillos and ‘Motown & Soul’

The Central Lakes College Cultural Arts Series presents the Fabulous Armadillos performing “Motown & Soul,” a full-band, multi-media, storytelling event with Motown and Memphis soul music at 7:30 p.m. March 11 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The Fabulous Armadillos have been playing for sellout audiences since 2006. The ensemble includes Mick Sterling (vocals), who for 17 years was front man to Mick Sterling and the Stud Brothers; Paul Diethelm (guitar), who toured worldwide with Jonny Lang; Billy Scherer (vocals), a blind singer who sang in the Billy Joel-Elton John tribute “Eye to Eye;” Supremes-type vocalists Pamela McNeill, Aimee Fischer and Cate Fierro; Greg Armstrong (keys), who toured worldwide with Bobby Vee and GB Leighton for 15 years and was Billy in the Billy Joel-Elton John tribute; David Eiland (saxophone), who has played for stars like Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Human League, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Mark Lickteig (vocals and B3), who has performed with Prince, Mambo’s Combo and Jonny Lang; and Julius Andrews IV (vocals), who performs as a young Michael Jackson and was hand-picked by “America’s Got Talent” producers to audition from a YouTube recording of him performing with the Fabulous Armadillos.

“Motown & Soul” continues to be the most requested show in their series, with tunes from the Jackson 5 to The Supremes and Marvin Gay to The Temptations and Stevie Wonder. 

For tickets and information, call 855-8199, go to or e-mail

Festival of the Arts local artists sought

PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes Festival of the Arts, a community wide celebration of artistic talents, is seeking local artists to set up a display and show their work at its festival, scheduled April 7.

Performing artists or groups should call Chris Nick at (218) 562-6170 to reserve a place on the performance schedule by mid-March. The performing activities will be on the stage in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater. The Festival of the Arts begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Book-signing event scheduled

BAXTER — Nisswa authors Mike and Dianne Heintzeman of their Christian fiction novel, “The Stonehouse Series: The War is Over” will be available for a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Book and Gift in Baxter.

The book is about Benjamin, who is on a mission to deliver a message that Lazarus is sick. Benjamin was been hired by two sisters to find Jesus. But when Jesus sends him back with a return message, everyone, including Benjamin, is surprised. 

Monroe Crossing in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS — A bluegrass concert by Minnesota’s premier bluegrass band, Monroe Crossing, is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 11 at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.  

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Students are $5 anytime.  

Based in Minnesota, the group plays an average of 125 shows a year at major venues and festivals. In their 11th year together, the band includes Derek Johnson on guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie, fiddle, mandolin, lead and harmony vocals; Matt Thompson, mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson, bass and bass vocals; and Benji Flaming, banjo. Their paths crossed through the music of Bill Monroe so they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

Jaques Art Center award winners

AITKIN — The Jaques Art Center announced award winners from the student art exhibit of Aitkin County.

Award winners: Best in Show, Alyssa Haugly; first place, Jade Weimer; second, Anika Drewelow; third, Shannon Peggs; fourth, Santiago Amaguana; and honorable mentions, Kimberly Simons, Staci Orpen, Jamie Peterson and Chris Smith.

Juvenile actor sought for CLC theater production

Central Lakes College theater director Patrick Spradlin is seeking a young male actor, age 10 to 12, for a role in the upcoming production of “God’s Country.”

Spradlin is looking for an outgoing actor who can project his voice well. He recommends that parents of prospective auditionees contact him about the play’s subject matter. 

“God’s Country” will run April 14-16 and 21-22. Rehearsals are generally 7-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but the juvenile actor will not be required to attend every rehearsal or stay so late.

Interested parties should contact Spradlin at 855-8255 or He will cast the role no later than Wednesday.

WE Fest lineup announced

DETROIT LAKES — The WE Fest Country Music and Camping Festival recently announced its entertainment lineup for “Heaven in 2011!” scheduled Aug. 4-6

Brad Paisley will be the headliner band Aug. 4, along with Jerrod Niemann, The Charlie Daniels Band and Blake Shelton. Sugarland will be the headliner band Aug. 5, along with Willie Nelson. Rascal Flatts will be the headliner band Aug. 6, along with Easton Corbin, Darius Rucker and Miranda Lambert.

General admission tickets for the three-day event are $99 and $120 for reserved lawn special seating. More information or tickets may be found at or calling (800) 493-3378.