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Thief River Falls Area Community Theater to Open The Sound of Music

 

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.

 

 

 

Join Us for a Conversation on State Grants

Kathee Foran, Program Officer with the Minnesota State Arts Board, will be in our part of the state April 30 – May 2.

The Minnesota State Arts Board has eleven programs that aim to foster opportunities for all Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Their grant programs are open to artists and arts organizations, but many programs are also open to schools, health and human service organizations, senior centers, cities, and other types of non-arts organizations that are interested in partnering with artists to bring arts activities into their work.

Kathee will be in northwest Minnesota and available to meet with residents in the following towns:

Sunday, April 30, 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Halstad (before the Artist Reception)

 Monday, May 1, 10:00 am – Noon Crookston

 Monday, May 1, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Thief River Falls

 Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am – Noon Roseau

 Tuesday, May 2, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Red Lake Falls

You can have a casual conversation, or you can focus in on a specific idea. She will have information on their programs, including who is eligible to apply, what types of projects can be funded, how the application process works, and more. If you are already considering applying, we could spend time talking about tips crafting applications.

If you’re interested in meeting, please let Kathee know and she’ll reserve an appointment for you.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact her or the NWMAC.  She is looking forward to meeting you.

Kathee Foran , Program Officer

Minnesota State Arts Board

Park Square Court, Suite 200

400  Street, Saint Paul, MN  55101

kathee.foran@arts.state.mn.us

(651) 215-1626 and (800) 866-2787

 

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Announces 2017 Season Auditions

Are you interested in performing on stage?  Have you always wanted to give it a try?  The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater is inviting you to open call auditions for their summer 2017 season shows.  Shows being auditioned for at this time include The Drowsy Chaperone (June 20-24), a hilarious modern musical written that takes place in the 1920s, directed by Gretchen Weinrich and Sherry Knott; and a small-cast  play entitled  The Boys Next Door (July 18-20) written by Tom Griffin and directed by Teresa Rankin McGriff.

Auditions will take place at the Thief River Falls United Methodist Church, located at 116 North Horace Avenue, on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  Come any time during those hours.  For The Drowsy Chaperone, you will need to have a song prepared.  An accompanist will be provided, but you must bring sheet music with you.  There will also be several song books available, if you should need them. Teens through adults of all ages are welcome and encouraged to audition.  For The Boys Next Door, you will be asked to read from the script.  Samples are available on their website:  www.trfact.org

The TRFACT will also be hosting two shows for teens and children during summer 2017:  The Lion King KIDS  and The Sound of Music.  Auditions for those shows will take place in April.  Those interested should watch their website: www.trfact.org or their Facebook page (Thief River Falls Area Community Theater) for all the latest information and updates.

Questions?  Contact TRFACT Executive Director Jane Anderson at mjander@mncable.net

Arts Midwest World Fest presents Anda Union

Arts Midwest World Fest
presents
Anda Union
March 12-18

Arts Midwest World Fest presents international musical ensembles in intensive week-long residencies in smaller Midwest communities. Its purpose is to foster an understanding of and appreciation for global uniqueness and differences. Thief River Falls has been fortunate to a recipient of these residencies for the past two years. Anda Union will be the fourth and final residency as part of this series. Anda Union combines different traditions and styles of music from all over Mongolia. You won’t want to miss the chance to see this musical ensemble from Inner Mongolia, China.

Anda Union will be performing for the public in concert on Saturday, March 18 at 7:00 PM at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.

Open to the public and appropriate for all ages! Tickets are just $5.00 per person at the door, which is amazingly cheap!! Hear unique instruments and throat music right in our region! We don’t even know what that is but we are excited to learn.

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2015–2017 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, and Anime Twin Cities. Additional support is provided by the Northwest Arts Council. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Heritage Foundation Grants Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation for Anda Union.

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Presents Sylvia

The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater presents theater with drinks, laughs and appetizers with its production of Sylvia, a romantic comedy written by A.R. Gurney, directed by Jane Anderson.  Performances are scheduled for February 11, 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Thief River Falls.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.; appetizers must be ordered by 6:45, so guests are asked to arrive early.

The TRFACT is attempting to incorporate new elements into this experience for their audiences.  While not a traditional “dinner theater,” guests will enjoy a selection of appetizers, a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and dessert at intermission, which are all included in the price of admission.  Choices of appetizers include many flavors of wings, pub style pretzels, stromboli bites, or spicy cheese curds.

The subject of the play is “Sylvia,” a dog, the couple who adopts her, and the comedy that results. Sylvia is a love story, or at least a story about a man’s relationship with one of those magical animals people in stories so often meet just when they’re at a troubling crossroads in life, an animal that is a guide to finding the best in ourselves.

Cast members of this local production include Sherry Knott as Kate, Stephen Moeller as Greg, Leah Wattenphul as Sylvia, and Scott Pream as Tom, Phyllis and Leslie.

Tickets are available at Pennington Main, Pennington Square and at Digikey’s East Entrance during business hours.  A limited number of tickets may be available at the door each evening for an additional fee.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council with Legacy Amendment funding through a vote of Minnesotans in 2008.