Performing Arts — June 8

This calendar lists theatrical productions and other unique entertainment events.

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Stage North Theatre Co. offers summer acting classes

If you’ve always wanted to try acting, or want to sharpen your skills, the Stage North Acting Program or S.N.A.P. may be for you.

The summer acting classes at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, June 13, through June 17 for those 10 to 18 years old, and from 7-9 p.m. June 20-24 for adults.

The instructor will be Gary Hirsch, artistic director of Stage North, who has more than 40 years of directing experience.

The cost is $25. To register for the classes, visit .


Pequot Lakes Community Theatre announces cast for Disney’s ‘Newsies’

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre is rehearsing for its upcoming production of Disney’s “Newsies,” a fictional account of the newsboys’ strike in 1899.

“Newsies” is based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story. Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, “Newsies” tells the story of Jack Kelly, the charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.”

When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly rallies newsboys from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what is right.

Directed by Kate Davis, the cast includes Rebecca Aanerud, Olivia Armstrong, M.S. Bernard, Emily Binsfeld, Keenen Bleichner, Maddy Buss, Gensena Bye, Cora Carlson, Arya Compton, Jayce Compton, Katelyn Denton, Miles DeSanto, Eliana Elg, Kailey Gerdes, Ben Gordon, Addi Gregory, Isabel Haglin, Teresa Hamp, Christopher Hankins, Jackson Hardy, Amelia Hartwig, Madeline Hoag, Faith and Laura Hunt, Hunter Johnson, Teagan Johnson, Sam Kalthoff, Ella Knettel, Grace Kruchten, Gavin Kuecher, Mataya Larson, Lilian Lies, Grace Loukota, Sam Mattson, Zack McAllister, Sammy McMahon, AJ Millard, Randall Mitchell, Anniston Morris, Bea Norquist, Charlie O’Brien, Maureen Paulus, Cadence Porisch, Abby Porter, Nat Roberts, Anne Rohr, Chloe Schnell, Karah Schueller, Emma Spiczka, Rich Spiczka, Riley Smith, Rebekah Sundstrom, John Toven, Maren Wallin, Gwen Ward, Brayden Werk, Keagan Werk, Brady Westholter and LeeAnn Wynn.

The production team includes Stephanie White, stage manager and choreographer; Teresa Hamp, vocal director; Nancy Ryan, technical director; Tim Leagjeld, set designer; and Deb Binda, costume designer.

Performances will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 14-16; and 2 p.m. July 16 and 17, and July 23 and 24 at Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older and $10 for youths 18 and younger, and can be reserved online at or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.


Grammy-nominated musician to perform at Kitchigami Regional Library branches

Ralph Covert will bring his high-energy, family-friendly free concert series to branches of the Kitchigami Regional Library System, including the Brainerd Public Library.

His live acoustic show is about a “mega-fun musical planet where kids rock, rock, rock and dance, dance, dance to their own and their parents’ delight,” according to promoters of the tour.

“Ralph’s World” is the creation of Covert, an indie rocker, songwriter, playwright and children’s book author who has taken the same “high-energy and super-melodic sense that he developed for his touring pop-rock band to kid’s music,” according to his website.

Ralph Covert musician
Ralph Covert
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His albums include those featuring songs of his that have been turned into children's books, and he will emphasize the important link between music and reading at these library concerts, too.

Covert said. “When I do my library shows, it's about singing and laughing and dancing and being silly, and just having tons of energy and tons of fun. It's about engaging everybody. And, just for me, libraries are some of the most magical places in the world.”

Covert engages his young fans with activity songs, story songs, dancing songs “and a healthy dose of pure silliness,” according to the Chicago-based musician with four children of his own.

Covert said, “The music you listen to and the books you read help create the inner landscape by which these children grow up to understand the world, so that's one of the reasons why in my lyrics I'm always trying to find ways to both have positive messages but also not sugarcoat it.”


This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota which dedicated funding to preserving Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Tour dates include: 10 a.m. at Walker Public Library and 1 p.m. at Cole Memorial Building in Pequot Lakes on June 22; 10 a.m. at Brainerd Public Library and 1 p.m. at Crosslake Area Library on June 23; and 1 p.m. at Margaret Welch Memorial Library in Longville and 4:30 p.m. at Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River on June 24.

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