Every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. on Pioneer 90.1 FM, Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is performing one of 3 different shows (Radio Readers’ Theater, Community Concerts and Small City, Big Theater! — this last one is a show on various Broadway shows, music and guests who talk about said shows) — all under the title Voices of the Theater. Tune in each week for this regional entertainment!
Voices of the Theater Schedule
Oct 20 Small City; Big Theater! Les Miserables with Teresa Rankin McGriff Oct 27 Radio Readers’ Theater Halloween Show with Rob Burkel & Scott Pream Nov 3 Community Concert #16 Nov 10 Radio Readers’ Theater He Said & She Said and Fourteen Nov 17 Small City; Big Theater! West Side Story with Dan Bartsch Nov 24 Radio Readers’ Theater The Jelly Bean by F Scott Fitzgerald, read by Carl Dahlberg Dec 1 Small City; Big Theater! Broadway Christmas with Teresa Rankin McGriff Dec 8 Community Concert Christmas Show #1 Dec 15 Community Concert Christmas Show #2 Dec 22 Radio Readers’ Theater Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Dec 29 Radio Readers’ Theater Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Rob Burkel of Thief River Falls has been awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Burkel is a talented actor in our area.
Rob Burkel has served as Thief River Falls Area Community Theater’s (TRFACT) board President, and directed, produced, acted in numerous theatrical productions in Thief River Falls and the area. He’s also been a TRFACT Radio Readers Theater cast member and a Lincoln High School Speech Team Coach and One Act Play Director. He sits on the Northwest Regional Library Board and has been the force behind bringing the Fargo-Moorhead Opera to Thief River Falls the past 2 years.
According to TRFACT Director Jane Anderson, Burkel is “the backbone of our local theater. His decades of hard work, phenomenal talent and dedication to theater arts, make him truly deserving of this award. In every capacity, Rob is an asset to the theater. Rob’s greatest contribution to the theater is his ability to act and bring characters to life.”
Director Teresa McGriff described Burkel as “one of the most prepared actors I have ever worked with. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and pitch in. He’s a real team player — upstanding but kind and fun as well. People want to be in shows with him because he is fun to work with. Audiences want to come and see him in shows, as well, because he is well-liked and respected. When auditions are held, he is one of the ones I hope to see walking into the room and that is one of the highest compliments a director can give.”
Fellow actor Scott Pream said,” Rob’s insight into his character portrayal is only topped by his willingness to help his fellow actors become the best they can be. He is a great leader willing to help in any way he can.”
When asked about the impact of the arts on individuals or society, Burkel explained that “theater and art are at their best when they force you to think. If forcing you to think makes you uncomfortable, even better. Art should change who you are going forward and make you a better person. There should be a balance between that and fun and silly. There’s a role for humor, too.”
The Northwest Artist of the Year Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. This award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents and comes with a cash award of $500.00. Funding for the Northwest Artist of the Year comes from the McKnight Foundation.
Congratulations, Rob Burkel on being named the Artist of the Year!
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce Of the Year Award Winners
Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles. Of the Year Award winners were nominated by area residents.
2020 Of the Year Award Winners include:
Rob Burkel of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for theater arts. Rob has been involved in theater in the Thief River Falls area for 30 years. His dedication and talent is well known and admired. Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.
Bruce Piersol of Red Lake Falls will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Piersol is a musician and a strong advocate for the arts. He has performed and organized numerous musical groups bringing music to people who otherwise might not be able to experience it. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.
Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Wavra is a self-taught wood carver, creating life-size animals, Vikings, and trolls with a chainsaw. His carvings can be found throughout the area. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once as a lifetime achievement award.
These awards will be presented on Tuesday, August 18 in Red Lake Falls. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our celebration of these wonderful artists and leaders in our area will be limited to close friends and family.
Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.
The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater has had to adapt due to the pandemic. They have postponed their Summer 2020 shows to 2021.
Instead, they will be holding community concerts each Tuesday at 5 pm on Pioneer 90.1 radio during the summer. These concerts include a variety of performers including singers, musicians, and monologues.
To listen, tune to Pioneer Radio 90.1 FM on Tuesdays at 5pm. Watch our FaceBook page or the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater FaceBook page to see the lineup of performers each week. Videos of individual performances will also be added to their FaceBook page.
The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater and Pioneer Radio are teaming up again to create a Radio Readers’ Theater series. To listen, tune to Pioneer Radio 90.1 FM at the following times:
December 20 at 5 pm & Sunday, December 22 at 4 pm: A Christmas Carol January 24 at 5 pm and Sunday January 26 at 4 pm: KOLD Radio February 21 at 5 pm & Sunday, February 23 at 4 pm: The Bickersons March 27 at 5 pm and Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm: The Secret Garden April 24 at 5 pm and April 26 at 4 pm.: Kids Show TBA May 22 at 5 pm and May 24 at 4 pm: The 1920s Radio Hour