Performing Arts — Oct. 5

This calendar lists theatrical productions and other unique entertainment events.

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Great River Arts to host comic Jason Schommer and friends in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Great River Arts will present “Last Laugh!” a side-splitting night of laughter and comedy at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Great River Arts Center in downtown Little Falls.

Back by popular demand, Jason Schommer and friends hit the stage with stand-up comedy, storytelling, sketch comedy and live music, according to a news release.

Schommer wowed a packed audience in June with his storytelling at The Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis at The Moth GrandSlam. He earned rave reviews in August with his hit show in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, which also earned him a guest appearance on the TV show “The Jason Show with Jason Matheson” on FOX 9, as well as numerous radio guest appearances.

Schommer shares his unique perspective on everyday life and growing older. He covers topics ranging from outrageous high school class reunions, to the pitfalls of aging, and ridiculous family hijinks, and offers a hilarious take on the small town rumor mill among many other topics.


Jason Schommer
Jason Schommer
Contributed / Anthony Puetz

Joining him onstage is pianist and singer Kelly Cordes, who has been performing since the age of 13 and has opened for many popular bands including Diamond Rio, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more at country music festivals throughout the U.S.

Cordes is also known to audiences throughout central Minnesota as the co-host of the morning radio show on Minnesota’s New Country 98.1 and host of “It Matters with Kelly Cordes” on WJON 1240-AM.

The evening also includes a special performance of “Prudence in WonderFalls!” a humorous sketch parody based on the classic “Alice in Wonderland” but with a Little Falls and Morrison County twist.

When Prudence from Bowlus falls through a pothole in a parking lot, she finds herself in a strange and surreal land called WonderFalls (inspired by news and current events in Little Falls).

Tickets are $16 and all seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 320-632-0960 at the Great River Arts office during business hours or at the door. Tickets may also be purchased online at .

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre announces cast of ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

PEQUOT LAKES — Pequot Lakes Community Theatre is rehearsing for its upcoming production of “You Can't Take It With You,” an Oscar-winning romantic comedy and Pulitzer Prize winner.

“You Can't Take It With You” originally opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on Dec. 14, 1936. A smash hit, the show ran for 838 performances and returned to Broadway five times, most recently in 2014.


“You'll laugh 'til your sides hurt as Alice, coming from an eccentric family of carefree misfits, falls for her employer's son, the gentlemanly product of stuffy, snobby parents. And when the members of the two disparate clans meet, there are fireworks,” according to a news release.

Performances of “You Can't Take It With You” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, and Oct. 14 and 15; and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 16 at Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 (adults), $13 (seniors 60 and older) and $10 (youth 18 and younger), and can be purchased at or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

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