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Brainerd native to intern for

Ellen DeGeneres Show this fall

Brainerd High School 2010 graduate Brian Ashburn was one of six students chosen to be an intern for the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Ashburn, a Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) junior, will leave Sept. 1 for Los Angelas to live there for the next semester. He will spend his time on the Ellen DeGeneres Show rotating between the celebrity, production, social media, audience and human-interest departments. Ashburn said he is looking forward to working for a television show and the opportunities that this internship will create.

Being around celebrities is not new for Ashburn. This summer he interned for the Second Line Stages working on the set of “Django Unchained”, directed by Quentin Tarantino. He met the director along with actors Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and more.

Ashburn will return to Moorhead as a junior for the 2013 spring semester. He’s majoring in film studies and mass communications. Ashburn believes his hands-on experience and work creating student films at MSUM set him apart from the other applicants.

Ashburn works in the MSUM Admissions Office and is involved on campus.

Duo to perform in Gregory Park

Jack Franzen and Tim Richardson will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 in the bandstand in Gregory Park in Brainerd.

The duo have been playing music together for more than 17 years. Style of music will range from classic county, rock and roll and new country. Both are local community members and enjoy performing. Franzen and Richardson know each other’s musical talents well and will feature the best of each of their styles.

People may bring a lawn chair or a blanket and be ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the concert. Rain out site is the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, 803 Kingwood St., Brainerd.

Concerts in the park are brought to the community through collaboration between Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department and the senior center.

Auditions for ‘Guys and Dolls’ coming

PEQUOT LAKES — The 2012 fall Pequot Lakes Community Theatre show will be one of America’s greatest musicals, “Guys and Dolls”, and auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10-11 in the Pequot Lakes High School Choir room.

Based on stories by Damon Runyon, the show is set in a mythical Broadway, where all the “Guys” are gamblers and con men, and the “Dolls” are the women they drive to distraction. In “Guys and Dolls” everybody sings, and most have to dance.

The cast includes four major roles: Adelaide, Sarah, Sky and Nathan, who are mature individuals, people who have “been around” for a while. The actors are listed in order of their appearance in the production:

• Nicely-Nicely Johnson, an affable gambler.

• Benny Southstreet, a gambler, kind of a second banana.

• Rusty Charlie, another gambler, a third banana?

• Sarah Brown, from the Save-a-Soul Mission. Uptight and upright, but watch out when she melts.

• Arvide Abernathy, grandfatherly drummer in the Save-a-Soul band. Sarah’s protector.

• Agatha, Calvin, Martha, members of the Mission band.

• Harry the Horse, aggressive gambler from Brooklyn.

• Lt. Brannigan, neighborhood cop. Wise guy. Non-singing.

• Nathan Detroit, runs the weekly floating crap game, engaged to Adelaide for 14 years.

• Angie the Ox, gambler, enforcer. Could be a real big guy.

• Adelaide, lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub; chronic cold because of 14-year engagement.

• Sky Masterson, gambler, smooth, good-looking, will bet on anything.

• Joey Biltmore, owner of garage where crap game is sometimes played.

• Mimi, Allison, Ferguson, Vernon, young girl dancers at the Hot Box.

• General Matilda B. Cartwright, head of Save-a-Soul Mission. Formidable, but with a motherly side.

• Big Jule from Chicago, like the name says. Could be a woman.

Plus there are roles for Hot Box dancers, gamblers, street people, Havana residents and lots of ensemble opportunities.

Director is Michael Sander and choreographer is Wendy DeGeest.

There will be six performances scheduled November 9 -11 and Nov. 16 - 18.

The director asks that if you have music that shows you off, please bring a copy to auditions. Accompaniment will be provided. Dress comfortably for the auditions so we can get an idea of how you move.

For more information on auditions or the show call Sander at 218-587-4728 or Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

GLAPA announces the 2012-2013 season

PEQUOT LAKES — The annual subscription time for the full season of the Greater Lakes Are Performing Arts (GLAPA) shows has arrived. There are six shows offered in the season. A season ticket holder has a reserved seat to each of the shows. Find out how to obtain reserved seating by calling the Pequot Lakes Community Education office to sign up as a GLAPA season ticket holder at 218-568-9200. All performances are on the Pequot Lakes High School Theater stage.

The 2012-13 GLAPA season opens with swinging entertainment in the classical tradition, a Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme’ style musical revue featuring Maud Hixson and Jason Richards performing with Rick Carlson and the Wolverines Trio. “Guys and Dolls” will be the fall musical production by the Pequot Lakes Community Theater. “Guys and Dolls” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). Jerry Frasier, the Extraordinary Comic Magician, presents magical fun and laughs featuring close-up miracles to stage illusions. Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. There will be a 4 p.m. “History of Bluegrass” educational workshop followed by a 7:30 p.m. musical presentation also during the season.

The Pequot Lakes Community Theater also will present “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Dramatized by Joseph Robinette from the story by C.S. Lewis and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, Ill. Set in the land of Narnia the show recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who in advertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. Ending the season of shows will be Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota with a Tribute to Celtic Music.

Season tickets are available for $70 for adults, $60 for seniors, age 60 and over and $50 for youth, age 18 and under. For more information on the events go to

Call 218-568-9200 to complete your request for season tickets.

The GLAPA board strives to bring high quality, affordable arts programming for the greater Brainerd lakes area. Community patrons are welcome as sponsors for the arts season. Volunteers are welcome to assist in the work of the GLAPA board. For more information on how you can help with your time, talents or financial resources call 218-568-9200.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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