Entertainment Briefs - Oct. 18

PEQUOT LAKES--Pequot Lakes Community Theater will present the musical fantasy "Seussical" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.


PEQUOT LAKES-Pequot Lakes Community Theater will present the musical fantasy "Seussical" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

Stephanie White is the stage manager and choreographer, Lauren Nickisch is providing vocal direction, Lisa Sateris is providing musical direction, Tim Leagjeld is designing the set and Ben

Gordon is the director.

The cast includes:

• Cat in the Hat, played by Kate Davis of Pequot Lakes;


• "Thinker" JoJo, Sarah Maroney of Ironton;

• Horton the Elephant, Travis Chaput of Brainerd;

• Gertrude McFuzz, Nicole Rothleutner of Pequot Lakes;

• Mr. and Mrs. Mayo, Josiah Sechser, Pine River, and Teagan Johnson, Pequot Lakes;

• Mayzie LaBird, Brianna Engels of Pequot Lakes;

• The Sour Kangaroo, Laura Leckband of Emily;

• Wickersham Brothers, Eddie Binda of Merrifield, Phyl Bell of Brainerd and Luke Munson of Pequot Lakes;

• Musical Bird Girls, Emma Stokman of Crosby, Jana Johnson of Pequot Lakes and Ashley Mixer of Nisswa;


• General Genghis Khan Schmitz, Kale Jones of Emily;

• Things 1 and Thing 2, Zoe and Odessa Huber of Breezy Point; and

• The Grinch, Nikoa Perkins of Backus.

From the tiny town of Whoville featuring-Lauren Bluhm and Ashley Slaybaugh of Nisswa; Arya Compton and Jayce Compton of Pine River; Nicholas Foster, Corissa Kerger and Emma Spiczka, all of Pequot Lakes; and Tabitha Kibwaa of Jenkins-to the wild Jungle of Nool featuring Kelsi Compton, Pine River; Cordelia LaFlex, Brainerd; Mollie Pierson and Ronnie Villa of Pequot Lakes; Kali Tappe, Crosslake; and Mariah Whitledge, Breezy Point-and filled with toe-tapping numbers, excitement, and that unmistakable Seussian wit, "Seussical" is a fun time for the whole family, a news release stated.

Reserved seat tickets may be purchased online at , or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors age 60 and older and $10 for youths.

This production is produced by special arrangement with Music Theater International, made possible by a grant from the Five Wings Art Council, and is sponsored by Essentia Health and CLC Performing Arts.

Concordia Orchestra to stop in Brainerd

The Concordia Orchestra from Concordia College in Moorhead will present a joint concert with Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Spencer Frie, at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.


The concert is open to the public with a freewill offering accepted. For more information, email . The concert is sponsored by the Brainerd High School Instrumental Music department.

This concert is part of the orchestra's 2018 regional tour which also includes stops in Appleton, Chippewa Falls and Wausau in Wisconsin and Mahtomedi.

The 2018 Concordia Orchestra, conducted by director of orchestral activities, Kevin F.E. Sütterlin, will perform Beethoven's "Coriolan Overture," the third and fourth movements of "Symphony No. 3" by Florence price and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade." This year's faculty soloist will be Nathaniel Dickey, associate professor of low brass, performing Jim Pugh's "Concerto for Trombone."

One of the college's most distinctive performing groups, the Concordia Orchestra is a 66-member symphony orchestra has earned national and international acclaim.

Open Mic event set

Youth on Stage Open Mic event will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Brainerd Eagles Club.

The event is hosted every fourth Monday of the month and is sponsored by Brainerd Elks Lodge 615 through an Elks National Foundation grant and by the Brainerd Eagles Club No. 215. This monthly youth-oriented event is geared for those age 25 and younger who have a family-friendly talent to share on a year-round basis.

Talent may include singing, playing an instrument, storytelling, essay reading, poetry, tap dancing, comedy, magic, a band or ensemble to perform to live audiences. Eight 15-minute time slots are open on a first-come basis. Those wishing to sign up should visit or do so at the venue, the Eagles Club, on the night of a performance.

Scenic photos for 2019 calendar being sought

NISSWA-Schaefer's Foods is collaborating with Lakes Printing, Echo Journal/Brainerd Dispatch and the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce to produce the annual Nisswa area calendar. Photos portraying the beauty and unique character of the Nisswa area are sought for the photo contest for the calendar.

The original photographer must submit entries. Photos published elsewhere are not eligible. There is a limit of five photos entries per person. Photos must be a minimum of 3,000-by-2,400 pixels, or 300 dots per inch, and a .jpg file. Entries must include the photographer's name, mailing address, email address, phone number and a brief description of the photo, including where it was taken.

Contestants may email their entries to or bring photos on a compact disc labeled "photo contest" along with entry information to Schaefer's Foods. CDs will not be returned.

Photos will be judged based on creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of the Nisswa lakes area.

Deadline for photo submissions is Oct. 31. Winners will be notified by Nov. 30.

For more information and entry details, visit

Pequot Lakes theater announces production

Monroe Crossing to appear

LITTLE FALLS-Bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Great River Arts in Little Falls, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals, a news release stated. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.

Since 2000, Monroe Crossing has released 13 compact discs and a live concert digital optical disc and has made more than 1,500 concert appearances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

"It's just plain hard work and dedication," Lisa Fuglie, fiddler and lead singer, stated in a news release on the band's success. "We all share a love for bluegrass music and for performing on stage. We appreciate every audience, large or small, and understand that we're there for them, not the other way around."

Mandolin player Matt Thompson stated, "We have learned the importance of entertaining audiences and not just playing top-quality music. We regularly hear people say that they didn't think they liked bluegrass music until they saw us play."

Monroe Crossing has been showered with awards, including Best Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association's 25th Anniversary Awards Banquet. Monroe Crossing is the only bluegrass band ever nominated as the Minnesota Music Academy "Artist of the Year," which also recognized the band with an award for "Bluegrass Album of the Year."

In 2007, Monroe Crossing was selected as an Official Showcase Band at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass Convention in Nashville, and later that year, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

Advanced tickets are available at GRA by calling 320-632-0960 or going online at . Tickets will also be available at the door.

'Play On!' comes to Aitkin

AITKIN-Aitkin Community Theater will present the comedy "Play On!" at 7 p.m. Oct. 25-27 at the Aitkin High School Auditorium.

The "Play On!" production by Rick Abbot is being sponsored by Aitkin Friends of the Arts.

The play is about a theater group desperately trying to put on a play, despite the maddening interference from the haughty author, who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show. Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal and Act III is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong does.

Tickets are on sale at the Aitkin Independent Age for $8 or may be purchased at the door. During intermission the Aitkin Education Foundation will sell ice cream bars and bottles of water in the cafeteria.

Minnesota Varsity submissions being accepted

Classical Minnesota Public Radio is gearing up for its ninth annual Minnesota Varsity, a showcase in which instrumentalists, vocalists and composers, ages 14 to 18, from the region are featured.

Music students living in or attending school within an MPR signal are invited to submit a solo or ensemble recording of an instrument or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, performed by an ensemble or soloist.

For a seventh year, American Composers Forum will partner with Classical MPR in the Composition category. Student composers also are invited to submit an original score for piano, violin, and cello, or for any solo or combination of those instruments.

All entrants become members of the Minnesota Varsity Team and are given exclusive entry to the Minnesota Varsity social community. Starting in December, registered Minnesota Varsity Team members will have the opportunity to participate in special events and contests. Each entrant/group member is offered a free two-ticket reservation to a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert or two-ticket voucher to a Minnesota Orchestra concert in the 2018-19 season.

The submission deadline is 9 a.m. Dec. 3. Official rules, information and submission specifications are available at .

Minnesota Varsity Rounds

From the submissions, MPR judges will select 10 instrumental and vocal entrants for the featured round. These featured artists are then invited to make a professional recording in MPR's Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. These recordings will be made available for streaming online, and excerpts will be broadcast on Classical MPR.

Five featured composers will be chosen by an ACF panel of judges. Featured composers will attend a workshop day with composer Edie Hill as mentor to have their works performed by an ensemble and receive assistance in polishing and presenting their compositions.

Of the remaining instrumental and vocal entrants, four will be selected as Showcase Artists by a panel of professional musicians and educators, and one will be selected by an online audience vote. Two Showcase Composers will be selected by the ensemble musicians, Hill and American Composers Forum.

Minnesota Varsity will culminate in May with a live radio broadcast and showcase performance by the Showcase Artists onstage at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall. The Showcase Composers' works also will be premiered at the theater.

Kickoff event

New this year, Classical MPR will host a free Minnesota Varsity Kickoff event on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum in St. Paul. An information session about Minnesota Varsity will take place 6-8 p.m. Interested high school classical musicians, composers and musical theater singers can learn more about Minnesota Varsity, along with their teachers and parents.

Classical MPR staff and American Composers Forum staff will be on hand, with a special appearance by Minnesota Varsity alumna Karen Baumgartner. A brief studio tour and light refreshments will also be available for attendees.

RSVP to this event and find more information at .

Sprout hosts new 6-market season event

LITTLE FALLS-Local food, art and dance intersects at the start of a new six-market season for the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace in Little Falls.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27, the market will gather more than 40 vendors in the revamped industrial warehouse to make their handmade, homegrown food, art and other products available for sale to the public. This free monthly event offers more than local shopping as the community gathers to enjoy live entertainment by the Vespertine Tribal Dancers and a bison stir-fry cooking demonstration in Sprout's commercial kitchen. The Sprout market also coincides with the Small But Noteworthy Art Crawl across Little Falls, filling the weekend of Oct. 26-27 with even more artists and performers than usual.

Sprout's winter indoor market has been a sales venue for local producers when the regular summer farmers markets close. Local products include artisan baked goods, sauces and canned goods and locally raised chicken, pork and beef. Artists and makers showcase their skills in painting, woodwork, metal forging, fiber artistry and more. Curtis Weinrich of Dancing the Land Farm in Clearwater has participated in several Sprout markets, offering a variety of produce, flowers and mohair fiber from their Angora goats.

The cooking demonstration at the market will be led by Sharon Nordrum, an artist inspired by her Ojibwe heritage, language and stories, and the beauty of the natural world around her. Nordrum has recently completed an art installation piece that will reside at Sprout named "Gaagiige gaaminiyaang," meaning, "She forever provides for us." The community is invited to view the painting, which represents connectedness through a floral board. The floral board represents the Ojibwe people and The Four Sisters, as the food has sustained the Ojibwe people for centuries. Nordrum will demonstrate a bison stir-fry dish from noon to 1 p.m. with ingredients such as plums, sumac, peppers, onions and squash. Community members are invited to watch the cooking demonstration and sample the dish. Lunch and beverage options will also be available for purchase from 11 a.m. on.

The Vespertine Tribal Dancers, a belly dance troupe based out of Spirit Movement Dance Studio in the Franklin Arts Center, will entertain with performances at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Performing at 2 p.m. is Sestri, a Slavic choir from Little Falls, devoted to the study and performance of women's Slavic folk music.

Shoppers utilizing their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits can double their dollar at the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace due to support from Hunger Solutions Minnesota. SNAP is a federal food assistance program. To find out if a person qualifies for SNAP, call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151 or visit for more information.

Bush Foundation names Cultural Center member

NEW YORK MILLS-The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has been selected as a member of the Bush Foundation's second Community Creativity Cohort.

"We are excited to support the amazing work of the New York Mills Cultural Center to help make our region better for everyone," Bush Foundation Community Creativity Portfolio Director Erik Takeshita stated in a news release.

The Cultural Center is one of 40 organizations from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and the 23 Native nations sharing the geography selected by the foundation for its commitment to making art and culture central to problem-solving. All participating organizations are either led by and serving people of color or indigenous people, and/or are led by and serving people from rural communities or non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000 people.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the Bush Foundation's second Community Creativity Cohort," Betsy Roder, the center executive director, stated. "We think this experience will be invaluable to helping address the issues that are of most concern to our community."

Cohort members were selected from a pool of over 100 applicants from across the region. The program will officially kick off in November 2018 in the Twin Cities at the first annual convening of the cohort. More information on Community Creativity Cohort 2 and its members can be found at .

The Cultural Center is a rural hub for creativity, community vitality and lifelong learning in the arts, the news release stated.

"We offer visitors intimate opportunities to encounter art and artists in our 80-seat concert listening room, two galleries in a historic building, a gift store featuring local artists, an artist residency program, a sculpture park and a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive. "Since our incorporation in 1990, we have been passionate about connecting people to artists and rich cultural experiences in rural Minnesota, celebrating the local and being a window to the world."

The Bush Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth. The foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving-within and across sectors-to make the region better for everyone, the news release stated.

Concert to take NYM stage

NEW YORK MILLS-Laurie Kallevig, founder of Survivor Girl Ukulele Band, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

SGUB supports a mission of "bringing restoration and hope to survivors of human trafficking through the healing power of music and love," a news release stated. Kallevig will share her journey in India working with survivors of human trafficking through pictures and music from her Volume One CD. Kallevig raised $13,069 with a $17,500 goal and she plans to return to India. The budget includes wages for survivor girls employed in expanding the SGUB Project in Kolkata to other shelter homes. Though not required, a person may make a donation towards the goal. Attendance is free and open to all.

To give people a taste of what her teaching style is like, Kallevig will host a beginner's ukulele class before the concert at 6 p.m. in the gallery and it will last 45 minutes. If a person doesn't have an ukulele, one will be provided. Spots are limited by the number of ukuleles (24), so call ahead to hold a spot. Walk-ins are also welcome as space allows.

A cookie reception will follow the presentation around 8:30 p.m. At this time, people will have the opportunity to visit with Kallevig and make contributions to SGUB and/or purchase CDs of ukulele music created by her and her students.

For more information, visit or , or call 218-385-3339.

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