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Entertainment Briefs - Nov. 13

'A Christmas Carol' rehearsals are underway Brainerd's newest troupe, The Stage North Theatre Company, has cast its upcoming production and rehearsals have begun. "A Christmas Carol" will run Dec. 18-21 with six performances at the Franklin Arts ...

Pierz Healy High School drama department will present "High School Musical!" at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 13 and Nov. 21; and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 23 in the Healy High School Performance Arts Center.
Pierz Healy High School drama department will present "High School Musical!" at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 13 and Nov. 21; and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 23 in the Healy High School Performance Arts Center.

'A Christmas Carol' rehearsals are underway

Brainerd's newest troupe, The Stage North Theatre Company, has cast its upcoming

production and rehearsals have begun.

"A Christmas Carol" will run Dec. 18-21 with six performances at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd.

The cast of 33 includes familiar names from other local theatre productions including Scott Lucas as Marley, Bri Keran as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Travis Chapot as Bob Cratchit, Stephanie Kloss as Mrs. Cratchit, Mark Ford as Mr. Fezziwig and Bill Musel as Ebeneezer Scrooge. The production also will feature a 14-member children's choir under the direction of Mary Aalgaard and Joy Ciafonni.

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Producers are Kevin Yeager and Gary Hirsch. Yeager also is the designer and Hirsch is the director.

For more information go online to stagenorththeater.com. Tickets available by calling 232-6810.

New artwork on display at Brainerd library

The Brainerd Public Library has new artwork on display through January by three Brainerd area artists.

Lily Atwell is displaying mixed media collage art; Barb Sherrard Morgan is showing several watercolor and pastel paintings; and Kathy Reitz is displaying watercolor and acrylic paintings.

Encore Arts, an area arts club, sponsors the art displays at the Brainerd library.

For those interested in displaying artwork at the library should contact Phyllis Frankum at 829-3850, or Maria Thompson Seep at 829-2906.

Auditions for murder mystery at CLC

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Open auditions will be held for Central Lakes College (CLC) Theatre production of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" at 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

The play takes place at Monkswell Manor during a blizzard, where seven people find themselves stranded. When one of them is murdered, a cat-and-mouse game begins involving the surviving guests and a police inspector who arrives on skis. "The Mousetrap" is celebrating the 62nd year of a record breaking run in London's West End, during which more than 25,000 performances have been given. It's a piece of theatrical history because of what it is, a whodunit written by the greatest crime writer of all time.​

There are roles for three women and five men. The production is directed by Erik Steen. Production will begin with a read-through of the play sometime prior to Christmas, with rehearsals resuming Jan. 5, 2015, typically during weekdays. The show will perform Feb. 12-14 and 19-21 of 2015.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

For more information, contact CLC Theatre Director Patrick Spradlin at 855-8255 or at pspradlin@clcmn.edu .

Pulitzer Prize winning poet to appear in Brainerd event

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy. K. Smith will be the next featured speaker in the Verse Like Water: The visiting poet program of Central Lakes College (CLC) in collaboration with The Crossing Arts Alliance.

Smith will read her third book of poetry, "Life On Mars" at noon on Nov. 21 at CLC. Smith has established herself as one of the top poets in Americas. Smith is taking a break from her teaching duties at Princeton to come to Brainerd. Smith will sign books after her talk and offer an informal talk on writing, the imagination and creativity at 1:30 p.m..

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All Verse Like Water events are free and open to the public.

Pierz musical to hit stage

PIERZ - Pierz Healy High School drama department will present "High School Musical!" at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 13 and Nov. 21; and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 23 in the Healy High School Performance Arts Center.

The play is directed by Diane Hauan and choreographed by Emilea ZumBerge.

"High School Musical" tells the story of young love between the star of the basketball team Troy Bolton played by Hunter Bednar and an intelligent new student to East High Gabriella Montez played by Arre Langer. Troy gathers enough courage to audition for the High School Musical, "Juliet and Romeo" written by a fellow student, Kelsie Nielson played by Samantha Seelen and directed by Ms. Darbus played by Emily Solinger. He sings a duet with Gabriella but it happens to be the same duet that Sharpay Evans played by Stephanita ZumBerge and her brother Ryan Evans played by Cohlton Boser have also been rehearsing. Sharpay is the 'diva' of the drama department and is furious that Troy and Gabriella are taking center stage instead of her.

Meanwhile the basketball team is upset that Troy isn't dedicating all of his time to the practices for the championship game coached by Coach Bolton played by Kyle Becker. And Gabriella's friends are upset she won't help out with the science competition. In the end, everyone finds out that cliches are present in all high schools and they can work together to make everything better.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students at the door.

Second show added for ​'Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks'

Central Lakes College (CLC) Theatre's Cultural Arts Series had added a matinee performance of "Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks," the country music revue performing at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

"Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks" features two country/bluegrass performers from Madison, Wisconsin: Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins. They are supported by fellow musicians Rick Nass, Pete Olig and Mark Luhring. Their show highlights the lives and music of four of the country music world's most famous and influential artists, using a multi-media presentation along with live performance of some of their most beloved songs.

Audiences will be treated to songs such as "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Walk the Line," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Tickets for the matinee are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199, or online at http://www.clcmn.edu/arts ​.

Lori Line to be in Duluth

DULUTH - The College of St. Scholastica will host renowned pianist Lorie Line, who is marking her 25th year of touring and performing, for a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Mitchell Auditorium on campus.

Line, who has recorded 46 CDs and sold six million albums, will showcase the best of her holiday music over her 25-year career.

All tickets are $49. For more information go to spotlight.css.edu.

Tickets still for sale for Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks has sold more than 201,000 tickets for his 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis. It is the most tickets he has sold for a single city in North America.

Tickets are still selling for the following concerts: 7:30 p.m. today, Nov. 13; 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at www.axs.com/garth or by phone 855-411-4849. They can also be purchased at the venue box office.

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