For the second year, the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is set to host the Fargo-Moorhead Young Performers Opera on March 5th in Thief River Falls. Workshops conducted by the performers will be offered to area school children during the day, with a public concert that evening in the beautiful sanctuary of St. Bernard’s church. The evening concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10 or free with a 2020 TRF Concert Series ticket. Admission is also free of charge for all youth aged 18 and under.
The Gate City Bank Young Artist Program was founded in 2013. The goal of the Young Artist Program is to enrich young artists through training and stage experience that will enhance their performing abilities from guest artists, stage directors and the FM Opera General Director, David Hamilton. Performers are selected by audition nationwide.
Now in its seventh year, this program is the first of its kind in the region, bringing groups of young professionals to the area from mid-January through April of each year. The Young Artists will also be featured in two Fargo Moorhead Opera productions in the 2019-2020 season: lead roles in Michael Ching’s “Speed Dating Tonight!” and roles in Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana”.
The evening concert will include a variety of musical selections, from opera to musical theater, with possibly some pop tunes thrown in. This concert is an excellent way to discover what opera is about and is appropriate and enjoyable for the entire family.
For more information about the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, go to www.trfact.org or join us on Facebook.
This activity 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.
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!
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.
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);
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.