Performing Arts — July 20

This calendar lists theatrical productions and other unique entertainment events.

Red curtains of a theater parting open.

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre presents ‘Newsies’ the musical

Based on the 1992 Disney film, “Newsies” is the musical tale of Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.

When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearts raise distribution prices, Kelly finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike.

Join the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre at 30805 Olson St.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older, $10 for youth 18 and younger. Reserve tickets by clicking the "buy tickets" tab at or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.


Pillsbury Players presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ the musical

This Elvis-inspired musical at 7 p.m. July 21-23 and 2 p.m. July 24 at CTC Center Performing Arts Theater in Pillager will bring you back to the 1950s and features community members from ages 8 to over 70.

Follow the MacAfee family and the residents of Sweet Apple, Ohio, as they welcome teen celebrity Conrad Birdie, his songwriter and agent Albert, and others in his entourage.

Tickets are $10 and available online at .

Lakes Area Music Festival offers immersive education for children

Registration is now open for the Lakes Area Music Festival’s day camp Explore Music! for elementary-aged children.

Sixty participants will move, dance, sing and play instruments every day and exercise their creative muscles through guided improvisation from Monday, July 25, to July 29.

They will have a chance to celebrate what they have discovered with a live performance for kids by LAMF professional musicians on July 30 at the Brainerd Public Library.


Explore Music! is led by founding LAMF member Alexander Peña, who now serves as orchestra director at the historic ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He will be joined by Christian Bigliani of the Eastman School of Music and other special guests.

Registration is open through Brainerd Community Education through their website or at 218-454-6924. Registration is $85 but need-based scholarships are available so inquire with Community Education at the time of registration.

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