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Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical opens July 11

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre (PLCT) announces the opening of Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, a light-hearted look at life’s challenges of the middle-aged. Written by Bob and Jim Walton, the show premiered at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in 2006 and ran for 19 months. Because of the subject matter, Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical will be most appreciated by a mature audience.

The musical will take stage at 7:30 p.m. July 11-14 and 16; and at 2 p.m. July 14 and 15 in the Dryden Theatre at Central Lakes College (CLC). Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and older and $8 for youth 18 and younger. Tickets can be reserved by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at (218) 568-9200. Ticket requests for a particular show time can be left on voice mail and office personnel will confirm your ticket reservation at a later time. Tickets will also be available at the CLC box office one hour before each performance.

Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical offers sketches and up-tempo songs about the trials and tribulations of growing older. PLCT actors Rick Cole, Scott Ruffing and Ron Wendorff shoot some musical hoops as Weekend Warriors while Jenny Kiffmeyer, Andrea Selinger and Susan Brown concur that “He Got What He Deserves” as they sing about the “Ex.” Director Beth Selinger helps the cast shape a touching moment depicting the ‘“sandwich generation” who must care for their parents as well as their children. Mammograms, proctology exams, forgetfulness or divorce, nothing is off-limits in this musical exploration of mid-life.

The PLCT summer performances were moved to the CLC theater department because of construction issues at the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium. Within a 24 hour time period, the change in venue was accomplished thanks to Patrick Spradlin and Dwayna Paplow of the CLC theater. Changes in PLCT performance dates were made to accommodate the opening of the CLC summer show, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon which will run July 18-28. The production team includes C.J. Anderson, technical director; Trevor Kile, Nick Syvertson, and Dan Selinger, technical assistants; Amy Borash, choreographer; Lauren Nickisch, vocal director; Kim Utesch, stage manager; Peter Herzog, set design; and Allan Olson and Michael Anderson, set construction. The instrumental combo includes Renee Anderson, piano, and Mike Bender on flute, clarinet and sax.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council with funds through the Minnesota State Legislature. It is presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals. More information can be found at

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