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Valentine’s Dinner Theater Hosted by TRFACT: Barefoot in the Park
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.
A Valentine’s Dinner Theater: Barefoot in the Parkwill be presented by the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater on February 12, 13, and 14 at the Eagles Club at 305 Red Lake Boulevard in Thief River Falls. Tickets are $25 each and are available at Digikey’s East Entrance in Thief River Falls during business hours and online at www.trfact.org
Seating is general admission, and the doors will open each evening at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00 p.m.
The romantic comedy classic by Neil Simon will be performed by an all-star cast that includes Rob Burkel, Sherry Knott, Scott Pream, Carl Dahlberg, Jon Mansk and Alyssa Novak. Directed by Gretchen Weinrich, with lighting and sets by Carl Dahlberg, costumes and props by Jane Anderson, and sound by Bruce Elseth.
The menu will feature a pasta bar with both red and white meat sauces, salad, bread sticks and dessert of brownie bites and mini cheese cakes. A cash bar is also available. Catering is by Becky Carlson of Broadway Station.
Listen to Director Gretchen Weinrich on Pioneer 90.1 on Tuesday, February 5 at 3:05 pm or to the podcast on our website afterwards!
“A BUBBLING, RIB-TICKLING COMEDY.”– The New York Times
“Critic weeps joyfully…I don’t think anybody stopped laughing while the curtain was up last evening.” – New York Daily News
This production is made possible in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council with Legacy Amendment funding through the vote of Minnesotans in 2008.
For more information about the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, visit our webpage at www.trfact.org or join us on Facebook.
The stage is built, the costumes are sewn, and the lights are focused: the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is making final preparations for The Sound of Music , which will open Tuesday, August 1 and run for three performances.
This production is part of the youth summer performance program in which the entire cast is made up of teens. It is group- directed by Jane Anderson, Lacey Simoneau, Kristin Buckley, Samantha Buckley and Laura Brickson. The cast has been learning the dialogue and music from the show in a workshop atmosphere, in which they are receiving small-group voice, acting and 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 solely on learning lines and 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 doing with students in this program.”
Members of the cast of The Sound of Music were selected by audition and include Elise Kalsnes as Maria; Aly Karow: Sister Berthe; Molly Halsa: Sister Berthe; DeVyne Sieckert: Sister Sophia; Laura Waldorf: The Mother Abbess; Wyatt Halverson: Captain von Trapp; Olivia Mooney: Frau Jung; Emma Anderson:Frau Schmidt. The role of Rolf is played by Ethan Osowski, Max Detweiler by Coby Skjerven, Herr Zeller: David Miller, Admiral von Schreiber : Spencer Wittman, and Baron von Elberfeldt: Nate Sedlacek.
The Von Trapp Children are played by Irisah Mogen, Austin Wittman, Eleanor Brickson, Aiden Warne, Brooklyn Bakke, Brynn Olson, and Julianna Armentrout.
Other members of the ensemble include Olivia Wojahn, Carter Johnsrud, Becca Ballard,Kendra Mehrkens, Alaina Lunsetter,Hailee Eidelbes,Kendal Rantanen, and Madeline Petrovich,
Performances of The Sound of Music will take place at the Northland College Theater in Thief River Falls on August 1, 2, and 3 at 7 p.m. each evening. 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 Digikey Corporation during business hours, and at Pennington Square and Pennington Main. Tickets are also available at the door each night of the performance. Check us out on Facebook or log on to www.trfact.org for more information about the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater.