Spamalot cast announced

The cast for the upcoming Brainerd Community Theatre production of "Monty Python's Spamalot" has been announced by director Patrick Spradlin.

The musical, described as being "lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" includes: Michael Sander as King Arthur, Shane Keran as Sir Lancelot, Travis Chaput as Sir Galahad, Eric Boyles as Sir Robin, Jess Brutscher as Sir Bedevere, Charlie Johnson as Patsy, and Sadie Wunder as The Lady of the Lake.

The ensemble, playing multiple roles throughout the show, includes Mike Anderson, Phylipe Bell, Alex Boyles, Laura Burgess, Warren Case, Brianna Engels, Rande Erickson, Alex Hohlfeld, Jon Howard, Bri Keran, Rachel Martin, Isaac Nadeau, Marc Oliphant, Brecken Pedersen, Shania Robinson, Nicole Rothleutner, Rhonda Schmidt and Schuyler Volkmuth.

The set for the show is designed by Tim Leagjeld; Dawn Marks is the costume designer; Ben Kent serving as lighting, sound and video designer.

Choreographers are Stephanie White and Paul Mathieu; Orchestration will be directed by Steve Anderson, with vocal direction by Sarah Aamot. George Marsolek is the technical director. Stephanie White is the production stage manager, with assistance from Linda Nichols.

The production will run at 7:30 p.m. April 14-16 and 21-23in the Chalberg Theatre.

Wildlife painter work on display in county building

Wildlife painter Jerry Raedeke's work will be on display through March in the Crow Wing County Community Services building in Brainerd.

Raedeke sold his first wildlife paintings when he was 11; he painted with oils from his childhood, the artist's webpage reported. All the while he tramped in the out-of-doors through all seasons in an ongoing celebration of the world which was unfolding before him. From this root he has emerged an artist best known as a transparent watercolorist who has savored nature and who cherishes nature. He works with a sense of mission to capture and communicate delicate, fleeting moods and moments which he perceives, seeking to capture not photographic detail but rather the essence of his subjects.

Raedeke's work has been shown at nearly all major exhibitions in the nation. He has been given recognition as Artist of the Year by the prestigious Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition at Charleston, S.C., by the National Wildlife At Show at Kansas City and by the Wildlife Heritage Show at Minneapolis. The Easton Waterfowl Festival has given him a 20-year exhibition medallion. Raedeke was selected from a national search for inclusion in the National Wildlife Federation Show at Washington, D.C. While he was at the Capitol he was permitted to present a one-man show for members of Congress in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building.

Just For Kix dancers compete

The Brainerd Just For Kix Mini and Middle Kix competed Sunday in the Together We Dance held at the Sauk Rapids High School. There were 162 Just For Kix teams from Minnesota and North Dakota.The Brained Just For Kix Studio is under the direction of Cindy Clough.

Results for the Brainerd teams as follows by rank points:

• Mini Kix 2 Division (fourth through fifth grade): First place, St Cloud Area, 7; second, St. Peter, 10; third, Brainerd, 18, with "Fun" routine coached by Amanda Clough; fourth place, Rocori, 20; fifth place tied with Milaca and Grand Rapids, 25.

• Mini Kix 5 Division (fourth through fifth grade): First, Walker, 5; Brainerd, 12, with "Love Me" coached by Jamie Clough; third, Glenwood, 17; fourth, Foley, 21; fifth, St, Cloud Area, 22; and sixth, Cambridge/Isanti, 28.

• Middle Kix 4 Division (sixth through eighth grade): First, St. Cloud Area, 7; second, Brainerd, 12, with "Beethoven" coached by Amanda Clough; third, Alexandria, 13; fourth, Princeton, 21; and fifth, West Fargo, 22.

Just For Kix will host 11 Together We Dance competitions this year in Sauk Rapids, Brainerd, Apple Valley, Rochester; and Valley City and Whapeton in North Dakota; Streator, Ill.; Decorah, Iowa; and Grand Island, Neb. The next competition for the Brainerd Just For Kix Studio will be Feb. 27 at Eastview High School in Apple Valley.

Cast announced for Pequot Lakes production

PEQUOT LAKES-The Pequot Lakes Community Theater announces its cast for its upcoming production of "Cheaper by the Dozen."

Based on a true story, "Cheaper by the Dozen" is set in the 1920s and the plot centers around the life of the Gilbreth family of Montclair, N.J. The play is told from the point of view of two of the children, Frank, Jr. and Ernestine, as they reflect on the months before the death of their father. Their father is preparing the family for his imminent departure, but most of his children like most of the audience are unaware of this fact. This is a funny, heart-warming, family-friendly story.

The cast, a mix of newcomers and veteran performers, have been busy rehearsing for the production. The cast include: Kevin Yeager as Father; Jana Johnson as Mother; Mackenzie Papillon-Renford as Anne; Rebecca Aanerud as Ernestine; Jack Friday as Frank; Sheridan Wilson as Martha; Hunter Johnson as Bill; Reese Glynn as Danielle; Megan Yeager as Lillian; Teagan Johnson as Jackie; Mollie Pierson as Freda; Jordan Tisdell as Bobby; Tim Leagjeld as Dr. Burton; Lisa Schumacher as Mrs. Fitzgerald; Marji Harris as Miss Brill; Dominik Waytashek as Joe Scales; and Austin Evenson as Larry. Kate Davis is the director; Leagjeld is the set designer; Lisa Schumacher is stage manager; and Matt Bonfig is the technical director of the production.

The production is sponsored by Essentia Health and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural heritage Fund. The show is presented through agreement with The Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, Ill.

Performances will be Feb. 19-21, 26-28, with Friday and Saturday performances

at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on the stage of the Pequot Lakes High School Theater. Doors to the theater box office open one hour before the show time. All tickets are general admission. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors age 60 and older and $10 for youth age 18 and under.

To reserve tickets call 218-568-9200.

Barnes duo to present Valentine's Day concert

MOTLEY-Husband and wife duo Brian and Sheralyn Barnes, joined by bass player James Dungan-Seaver, will present a concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the United Methodist Church in Motley, as part of the Staples Motley Area Arts Council's regular season. The show is underwritten by Unity Bank.

Expect to hear a wide variety of music, including swing and pop tunes, movie themes, Latin music and a few originals. Brian Barnes will also be telling some stories about the songs and their writers.

The Barnes, now of St. Paul, have been performing together for 15 years. They are known for their acoustic guitar and mandolin playing, vocals and harmonies. Individually, they have been a part of several award-winning bands over the years, performing across the United States as well as internationally. James Dungan-Seaver, originally from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of the premiere bass players in the Twin Cities.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Brian Barnes wanted to be in a band "as far back as I can remember." He began studying the classical guitar at age 12, with hopes of joining a rock band some day. However, when his older brother, Kevin, bought a banjo, the two began playing bluegrass together. Eventually, Brian followed his brother to Minnesota, to join the bluegrass band "Stoney Lonesome," which his brother founded.

"I sold my truck and motorcycle, moving with only a suitcase, guitar and clock radio under my arm," Brian stated in a press release. Stoney Lonesome would go on to be regulars on the live radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," racking up several music awards along the way.

After Stoney Lonesome, Barnes performed and recorded with both "Cafe Accordion" and as part of the Minnesota Ethnic Dance Theater's orchestra, known for playing folk music from around the world. He also was part of a jazz duo with harmonica player Clint Hoover.

"He and I did a tour to Sweden, teaming up with some Swedish jazz players to play at the jazz festival in Umea, Sweden," Brian stated.

Over the years, Barnes has performed at a variety of venues across the United States and in 15 foreign countries.

Sheralyn Barnes grew up in the farming town of DeMotte, Ind., studying both organ and guitar at an early age. She performed with her brother, Bret, in a rock band while still in junior high, but was drawn to the mandolin after traveling to Ireland on two occasions. When dreams of working in Ireland did not transpire, Sheralyn moved to Minnesota and studied mandolin at the Homestead Pickin' Parlor in Richfield. Along the way, she became a fan of a bluegrass band Brian was a part of, eventually meeting Brian and marrying him. Prior to teaming up with her husband, Sheralyn worked as a musician in Yellowstone National Park, performing solo at one of the lodges there. In addition to being a musician, Sheralyn is a trained artist, known for her illustrations and oil paintings. Several of her paintings depict the Irish musicians that inspired her during her travels to that country.

Still to come on this year's Staples Motley Area Arts Council season is Sarah Morris, singer/songwriter known for her crystal clear voice and witty delivery. Go to www.staplesmotleyarts.org for more information.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for student in advance; or $15 and $7 at the door. Tickets can be ordered online, at the Staples World or by calling 218-894-1112.

Nisswa-stämman Festival seeks volunteers

NISSWA-Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival organizers are seeking more volunteers to help with the festival scheduled June 10-11.

Organizers in particular are looking for Nisswa and Brainerd lakes area residents who would be willing to host visiting musicians. To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact Paul Wilson at nisswastamman//www.nisswastamman.org for more information about the festival.

The festival also has announced the following confirmed Nordic performers for the event: Lydom, Bugge and Hoirup from Denmark, Karuna trio from Finland; the Haaga Folk Machine trio from Finland and Septentrio from Sweden. There also will be well over 130 local musicians performing in the yearly festival.

CLC meeting planned on Ireland tour

An informational meeting for the 2017 Central Lakes College Community Band tour to Ireland will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in E471, or the Music Rehearsal Hall at CLC in Brainerd.

The tour, scheduled for June 17-27, 2017, will consist of four concerts in Cork, Killarney, Galway and Dublin. Site-seeing trips all along the tour will give participants a view of Ireland, its history and culture.

High points will be Blarney Castle where the group will perform one of the concerts, several famous churches, Muckross House in Killarney, the museum of Kerry Life, a lake cruise on Lough Leane, a stop in Limerick, St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle, Galway and Dublin.

The group will tour several sites in Dublin and possibly conclude with a concert in St Patrick's Cathedral and a tour of Trinity College. The night will include a Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl guided by professional musicians.

Membership in the CLC band is not necessary to participate in the tour, but the group is looking for good musicians to enrich its ranks.

For more information contact Steve Anderson at sanderson@clcmn.edu or call 218-831-3652.

Sweetheart and book sale

Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd will host a Sweetheart and Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be books and goodies for sale.

Sestri and the Vespertine Tribal Dance Troupe to perform

LITTLE FALLS-The women of Sestri and the Vespertine Tribal Dance Troupe will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Great River Arts in Little Falls. Tickets are available for $10 online at www.greatart.org or in person. There will be a cash beer and wine bar open at 6 p.m. when the doors for the show open, guests are invited to peruse the art gallery and shop in the retail space while waiting for the production to begin.

Sestri, a women's choir focusing on sounds and songs from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republic, features the talents of many local women who come together to share old stories and songs in Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Latvian and Ukrainian. The Vespertine Tribal Dancers bring the ancient mystery and beauty of belly dancing to the stage. Each group performs individually before coming together for the finale of the show which highlights the women of Sestri's songs and the Vespertine Dancers dance.

"We wish to provide an opportunity for our community to experience these beautiful and powerful art forms," Celo V'ec, Sestri choir director stated in a press release. "to show women of all ages how their sisters from halfway around the world express their feelings and share the stories of their lives."

The two groups have performed together on multiple occasions due to spontaneous circumstances four years ago which lead them to perform in the same show, though not together. After noticing similarities in each groups performance motivations, both specialized in women's performance art with Middle Eastern/Eastern European influence and both groups perform to help educate audiences about their exotic art forms to promote greater intercultural understanding, the two groups began rehearsing together. They first took the stage together at Great River Arts in May of 2014.

Great River Arts is funded in part by the Five Wings Arts Council and Legacy Amendment.