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Entertainment Briefs - March 1

The cast of Stage North Theatre Company was announced for its upcoming theater production titled “Twelfth Night,” which will be presented April 19-21 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. Submitted1 / 2
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Stage North Theatre announces 'Twelfth Night' cast

Stage North Theatre Company announces its cast of its upcoming theater production titled "Twelfth Night," which will be presented April 19-21 at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

The Serenity Now Alpaca Farm, L.L.C. is partnering with the theater company with the spring production where the cast will present William Shakespeare's version of the play.

The play is known as one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies set in the late '70's with music and dancing, it states in a news release. The story begins with a shipwreck that separates a pair of identical twins, Viola played by Elaina Tanner and Sebastian played by Eddie Binda, who both believe that the other has drowned. Viola, dressed as a man, goes to work for the Duke Orsino, played by Mike Paulus, who is in love with the Countess Olivia, played by Jocelyn Tanner.

Olivia's household includes her maid Maria played by Jana Johnson; her steward Malvolio played by Mark Oehrlein; the clown Feste played by Barb McColgan; a servant Fabian played by Jenny Kiffmeyer; her uncle Sir Toby Belch played by Mark Leidl; and his friend Sir Andrew

Aguecheek played by M. Hollis Ford.

The Duke's entourage includes Valentine played by Kat Jourdan and Curio played by Adam Crab. Other characters include Antonio played by Sean Costas; the Priest played by Holly Brandt; and two officers played by Tadina Ikola and Kelly Ikola.

Rounding out the cast is a group of "Dancing Queens" who will assist many of the

characters during the musical transitions: Rebecca Aanerud, Hannah Aydelatte, Ally

Howard, Kim Huether, Heather Pearson, Chelsey Perkins, Lori Schweitzberger, Kamber Tanner and Jaden Wendt.

"Twelfth Night" is under the direction of Gary Hirsch; choreographed by Wendy DeGeest; stage manager Kim Utesch; costumer Chase Vreeland; technical director Mark Oehrlein; and the set is being built by Mike Anderson and painted by Rebecca Aanerud.

Tickets are available by calling the Stage North ticket line at 218-232- 6810, or by ordering online at or at the A 2 Z Yarn shop in the Franklin Arts Center.

Freeman authors to speak Monday at library

Husband and wife authors Dave and Amy Freeman will discuss their book "A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters" at noon Monday at the Brainerd Public Library.

The event is part of the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library first Monday of every month book events where authors will speak about their latest work and the craft of writing. These events give local book lovers a chance to connect with up-and- coming and award-winning authors from around the Midwest, a news release stated.

The Freemans learned of toxic mining proposed within the Boundary Water Area's watershed, so they decided to take action—by spending a year in the wilderness, and sharing their experience through video, photos and blogs with an audience of hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens. The book tells the deeper story of their adventure in northern Minnesota of loons whistling under a moonrise, of ice booming as it forms and cracks, of a moose and her calf swimming across a misty lake.

The Freemans were named National Geographic's "Adventurers of the Year" in 2014. Their images, videos and articles have been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak and Minnesota Public Radio. They also run the Wilderness Classroom, an educational nonprofit organization that introduces children to wild places and unique cultures.

People who attend are welcome to bring a packed lunch or just enjoy the light refreshments provided. These presentations are sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts, and are free of charge to the public.

For more information on any of the events, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library's Facebook page at

Macrame workshop set

Instructor Marty Gegner will teach a macrame workshop from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at The Crossing Arts Alliance in Brainerd.

Macrame involves learning the basic knots to create a one-of-a-kind wall hanging. These basic knots can be used many different ways to create different pieces. Creating without restrictions, students will leave with a macrame' wall hanging ready to display.

The class fee includes natural cotton rope and a mounting dowel. Students are asked to bring a pair of scissors if they have them. Students may also choose to bring anything they may want to incorporate into their wall hangings such as beads or shells.

Gegner has been designing, creating and selling her macrame art for more than 30 years. Her design projects include wall hangings, window decor and plant hangers.

Class fee is $45 for TCAA members and $50 for non-members.

For more information, contact TCAA at 218-833-0416 or

14 Friday performance set

LITTLE FALLS—St. Paul singer/songwriter Nicholas David will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Great River Art in Little Falls, as part of its 14 Friday Performance series.

For more than a decade, Davis has composed alternative soul music that connects with people worldwide on a deeply human level, it states in a news release. David, who was a finalist on NBC's "The Voice," has recorded five critically acclaimed albums, experienced national radio airplay and participated in multiple charity and collaborative projects.

Tickets are $28 and can be purchased by contacting GRA at 320-632-0960 or online at

Heartland Poets to meet

Heartland Poets, an area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the large room of the Brainerd Public Library. The meeting opens by sharing poems at the podium. Participants are asked to prepare to discuss latest writing events and upcoming writer/poetry opportunities and bring copies of poems-in-progress to share and discuss during the latter part of the meeting. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Pequot Lakes Festival of Arts set

PEQUOT LAKES—The 37th annual Pequot Lakes Festival of the Arts will be 5:30-8 p.m. March 29 in the Pequot Lakes High School's new athletic complex and on the stage of the high school theater. Student and community artists will have visual art displays in the high school gym. Performing artists, dancers, and musicians will be on stage in the high school theater and concessions will be available.

Community artists are invited to set up exhibits or to perform. To arrange for an art display table or area, contact Molly Wiste at 218-568-9252. Performance artists should contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200 to reserve a place on the stage schedule.

The Festival of the Arts was started in 1982 to celebrate the artistic talents in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Crosslake areas.

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre to present 'Cinderella'

PEQUOT LAKES—There is still time for students in grades two through eight to sign up to to be a part of Prairie Fire Children's Theatre production of "Cinderella."

The rock and roll version is set in the 1950s and up to 78 children are needed to play the roles of Cinderella, her stepsisters, her cat Dinah, the mice, the pumpkins, the cats, the chicks, King Cash and his assistants, Mikey the Rockstar and his Band.

Professional actor/directors from the staff of Prairie Fire Children's Theatre will direct the

production and play the roles of Poppa and Winona the Stepmother/Fairy Godmother.

Rehearsals will be Monday-Saturday from March 19-24. Cost is $40 per child, with a $10 discount per additional child per family. There will be two public performances March 23-24.

Just For Kix dancers compete

Brainerd Just For Kix dancers competed this past weekend at Eastview High School in Apple Valley. There were more than 250 performances throughout the weekend.

Brainerd teams earning first place were Sparklers, second and third grade jazz; Starlites, fourth and fifth grade kick and jazz; Shooting stars, sixth through eighth grade jazz; Shooting stars, sixth through eighth grade lyrical; Rising stars, sixth through eighth grade jazz; and Rising stars, sixth through eighth grade lyrical.

Taking second place were the Sparklers, second and third grade kick; Starlites, fourth-fifth grade lyrical; and Shooting and Rising stars kick.

Sprout offers cooking skills class

LITTLE FALLS—Local chefs are teaming up with Sprout to offer cooking classes, beginning in March with a sushi class where participants will learn various techniques for simple sushi and sashimi as well as tempura and fresh spring rolls.

Matt Annand of 3 Cheers Hospitality and Prairie Bay Grill in Baxter will teach Simple Sushi and Sashimi from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 21 in the Sprout kitchen. Tickets are $30 per person and can be found at Annand has been a long-term partner of Sprout, supplying his

restaurants Prairie Bay Grill, Iron Range Eatery and Sherwood Forest with local produce from the Sprout Food Hub. He has also led many cooking demonstrations at the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace as well as preparing one of the five courses at the Summer Harvest Dinner—Sprout's annual wine dinner.

The second class offering is "Styles of Soups," led by Chef Jason Eslinger of Iron Range Eatery in Crosby. He will break down the basics of soups from bisque, chowder, gumbo and pho. While the class will deep dive into fish soups, participants will also learn techniques to boost the flavor of vegetarian options.

The class will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 28. Tickets are $30 and can be found on Eslinger has frequently partnered with community guests to lead cooking demonstrations at Sprout markets including items like sambusa, slavinken and tacos al pastor.

Chef Tomas Zimmerman of the A.T. the Black & White in Little Falls will teach April 24 focusing on three seasonal boxes of common foods in Minnesota CSA boxes. Participants will learn alongside some of their local farmers knife skills, how to best manage unpacking the box given the shelf-life of various items, how to create dinner main and side dishes using the box contents, and more.

Sprout is offering the class to help people know their farmers and learn how to cook using fresh whole fruits, vegetables and herbs. The class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and people can get tickets at

The class is funded through a grant awarded to the Region Five Development Commission by ArtPlace America's National Creative Placemaking Fund.

"The ArtPlace funds will offer the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace and our partners the support needed to host the expansion of economic opportunities, social cohesion, and learning for local growers, artists, makers, producers, chefs and the public," Arlene Jones, general manager of Sprout, stated in a news release. "Through a collection of culturally specific activities, we will establish Sprout as a destination where food, art and culture meet."

Corey Media and Brothers to perform

NEW YORK MILLS—Corey Medina returns to the Cultural Center in New York Mills with his band, Brothers with a 7:30 p.m. Friday concert. The band is a blend of blues, rock, indie, soul, and folk.

Medina of Minneapolis was born and raised in the small town of Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Reservation. His early musical influences came out of what his mom and uncles listened to of blues, classic country, soul, classic rock and metal.

Even though Medina loves to just write and play music, his mission is to spread a message of hope and encouragement to every tribe and tongue that has felt hopeless and held back in life by fear, shame and hurt, it stated in a news release.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To reserve tickets call the center at 218-385-3339 or check out links to Eventbrite on the Center's Facebook page. For more information visit

The Cultural Center also will host Art For Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. today, March 1 where participants will make a basket made out of simple materials and fabric. Each month, on the first Thursday of the month, a new art project is facilitated by Center Education and Outreach Coordinator, Cheryl Bannes. All activities are 45 minutes long so as to be completed over a lunch period.

A $3 fee is charged to help cover the cost of supplies. Registration is encouraged.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with WCHS

WADENA—The Wadena County Historical Society invites area poets to submit an original poem to be selected for reading at Minnesota Voices to be held April 19 at the Wadena County Museum as part of National Poetry Month. Between 10 to 15 poems will be selected by the panel.

The guidelines for submission are: Only poems written by the poet will be considered. Poem should be no more than 30 lines and may be in any form, such as rhymed, free verse, prose, and rap. The poem may have been previously published. The poets selected will be invited to read their poem at the event on April 19. Poets are not required to be present in order to be selected. Instead, the poet may elect to have the poem read by a member of the panel. Submissions should include your name, address, email, the title of the poem and the complete text of the poem. A person must indicate whether they will be present to read the poem on April 19. Submissions must be received by April 1 to be eligible. Poets selected will be notified by April 5.

Submit poems via email to or mail to Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson St. N, Wadena, MN 56482.

Minnesota Voices is a free program featuring Minnesota writers and their work. It is held the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m.