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Gallery Exhibit: Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Celebrates 22 Years!


The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) proudly announces the exhibit: Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Celebrates 22 Years! This exciting, interactive exhibit featuring costumes, photos, posters, and videos from TRFACT’s productions will be open to the public through Sunday October 30th in our gallery in East Grand Forks.

“The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is…dedicated to providing theater art opportunities to the Thief River Falls, Minnesota area and surrounding communities by presenting summer theater productions each year. The productions range…from one-person plays to musicals. Each production is shown at the Northland Community and Technical College Theater on the Thief River Falls campus.”


Annual productions include all-time favorites like The Sound of Music, The Odd Couple, Annie, and this year’s repeat of Bye Bye Birdie. Children’s theater also draws talented students of all ages to perform with TRFACT.  All productions are done with local talent, from direction, costuming, set design and construction, to performance. TRFACT Executive Director, Jane Anderson, herself an accomplished performer, director and costumer, credits many others for their contributions, among them Gretchen Weinrich, Teresa Rankin McGriff, and Brad Cook for directing; Philip Hoks for set-building; and Andrea Thibert for costuming. Over two-decades, dozens more have been and continue to be involved.


Information about TRFACT may be found at their website: http://trfact.org/. Find out about past productions, or how to become involved in future programs. TRFACT is partially funded by the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.


A reception for Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Celebrates 22 Years! to meet its director and members will be held Saturday, October 15th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the Art and Wine Walk. The exhibit will be available for viewing during gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sun., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall, East Grand Forks, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s. Parking is available in the large lot next to the Blue Moose.


We welcome private showings, and are happy to answer questions. For more information call the gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email: tmjacobson16@gmail.com; or call the arts council office at 218-745-9111. Please visit the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council website at: http://www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org for more information.

Middle River Community Theatre Presents Interruptions

Interruptions Poster

The Middle River Community Theatre presents its 2016 Goose Festival Production of Interruptions. Tuesday, September 27- Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 each day. Sunday, October 2 at 4:00 pm. This is a modern comedy and an award winning play that features a strong ensemble cast. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Young’s General Store in Middle River.

Seussical The Musical, Jr!

 Seussical Jr.

August 04 – 06

Northland Community Technical College Theater

7:00 pm Showtime

Adults: $10

Children 12 & Under: $6

Tickets Available at Hugo’s and Digikey in Thief River Falls

(Thief River Falls, Mn) – The stage is built, the costumes are fitted, and the lights are focused: the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is making final preparations for their Summer Theater Arts Review (STAR) program premiere:

Seussical Jr. , opens Tuesday, August 4 and will run for three performances!

Maizy Le Bird explains herself to other cast members in Seussical Jr. Left to right: Sam Buckley, Isaiah Burkel, Tyler Sele, Amber Samuelson, Elise Kalsnes (as Maizy), Alysson Karrow, and Grace Brickson.

Seussical Jr., written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, is a Broadway show based on the books by Dr. Seuss. While the books Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches an Egg are the basis of the plot, many other characters, such as The Grinch and Yertle the Turtle, show up in the show. It’s a lively musical romp that was written and intended for audiences of all ages.

Bottom row, left to right: Ethan Osowski, Becca Ballard, Grace Bohnenkamp, DJ Bernstein, Josh Row. Row 2: Allyson Karrow, Grace Brickson, Breanna Lee, Devyne Sieckert. Row 3: Sam Buckley, Ella Budish, Grace Brickson, Peyton Casteel, Elise Kalsnes. Row 4: Molly Halsa, Emma Anderson, Amber Samuelson. Top: Isaiah Burkel, Tyler Sele, Kaitlyn Johnson.

This is the first time the TRFACT has produced a show in which the entire cast is made up of teens. It is group- directed by Jane Anderson, Sherry Knott, Lacey Simoneau, Kristin Buckley, and Phil McKenzie. The cast has been learning the dialogue and music from the show in a workshop atmosphere, in which they are taking individual voice lessons, given small-group dance instruction, and are working on large group improvisation and theater basic skills.

According to Jane Anderson, TRFACT executive director,

“Musical theater requires a combination of many skills. Oftentimes in the theater, we focus on only learning the lines of dialogue and the notes to the songs. But there is so much more. Movement, character development, and really learning how to ‘play’ on stage are what make a good actor a great actor. That’s what we are trying to do with students in this program.”

Members of the cast of Seussical Jr. were selected by audition and include (character, name and grade in school) Cat in the Hat:  Tyler Sele (10); Jojo:  Ethan Osowski (6); Horton:  Isaiah Burkel (2015 grad);

Sour Kangaroo: Amber Samuelson (9); Gertrude: Sam Buckley (11); Mayzie: Elise Kalsnes (9); Bird Girls: Grace Brickson (9), Chloe Lundeen (7), Alysson Karow(9); Who Mayor: Joshua Row; Mayor’s Wife: Dominica Bernstein; Yertle the Turtle/Grinch: Eleanor Brickson; Vlad Vladikoff: Kaitlyn Johnson.

Members of the ensemble playing Whos, Jungle Citizens, Fish, and Wickershams are Breanna Lee (6); Peyton Casteel (8); Grace Bohnenkamp (6); Ella Budish (7); Becca Ballard (6); Devyne Sieckert (6); Eleanor Brickson (6); Kaitlyn Johnson (8); Molly Halsa (8); and Emma Anderson (9).

Performances for Seussical Jr. will take place at the Northland College Theater on August 4, 5, and 6 at 7 p.m. each evening.   Because of a generous Legacy grant from the Northwest Regional Arts Council, tickets are reasonably priced at $10 for Adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. The show runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with an intermission, so it is the perfect venue for small children. (But it will entertain adults, as well!)

Tickets are available at Hugo’s in Thief River Falls and at Digikey Corporation during business hours.   Tickets are also available at the door each night of the performance.



Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre 29th Annual Day Camp!

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Summer theater camps for youth are very popular in our region.   Camps occur in most communities from June through September. Quite a few of theater camps are funded through our NWMAC with Arts Grants.

All the touring companies (Safari, Prairie Fire, Missoula) offer a camp in their community, also.  This Post features when Prairie Fire down in Barrett (close to Morris, MN, south of Fergus Falls) offers their own workshop.  If your community does not bring in a traveling theater troupe (to teach workshops that conclude with a play) you may want to consider traveling to attend.

Come join us this summer when a professional staff of three will cast and produce a revival of PFCT’s popular “Robin Hood”. The one week camp will culminate in three performances at West Central Area High School in Barrett, MN.

Anyone age 7 to 18 is eligible. All registrants are guaranteed a part in the play and participation in the workshop schedule. Registration is held on a first come, first served basis. Please note that camp registration was at full capacity for the 2014 camp in January.

The Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Day Camp provides the rare opportunity for young people and teens with a wide range of backgrounds to come together and produce an original theatrical event. Since the first day camp was held in the summer of 1987, over 1,500 registrants have been involved, representing more than 120 communities and 9 states. The camp offers a more intense experience in a very short period of time.  In addition to the daily rehearsal schedule, campers will also participate in theatrical workshops.

All rehearsals and performances will take place at West Central Area High School in Barrett, Minnesota. A car pooling list will be sent to parents a week before camp starts. Host families are available for out of town campers.


Camp will be held:
Monday -Thursday, August  3 – 6  (From 12:00 – 5:00 pm)

Performances will be:
Friday – Sunday, August 7 – 9

Just complete the registration form and send it along with the appropriate fees. Checks or money orders should be made out to Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Camp, PO Box 82, Barrett, MN 56311-0082. Questions? Please call (320) 528-2596. Fee schedule: $120 per participant, $100 for previous campers. Out of town campers whose housing is found through Prairie Fire add $30. Out of town campers are also responsible for a $75 meal/transportation payment to the host family.

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s 29th Annual Camp Registration Form