Theater

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host the second annual melodrama fundraiser Thursday, August 29th at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.  Local actors will bring exaggerated drama and over the top characters to "Round House Nellie, He Can't Catch You There" and a play written by Bemidji-based author and playwright Roy C. Booth, "Grandpa Jim is Dead."   Beltrami County Historical Society Executive Director Gary Rozman stopped by the morning show to tell us about the event and the appeal of melodramas. 

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A new improv comedy group has started in Grand Rapids.  Grant Frashier talks with Jessi Siiter of Self IMPROVment.  

For 50 years, Bemidji State University students have transported guests of the dinner theater, madrigal experience to the holiday happenings of the 16th century.  This year's events will be the last of the annual Madrigal Dinners, but that's not to say they will never happen again.  BSU Professor, Director of Choral Activities and Producer of the Madrigal Dinners, Dr.

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To many, Walt Whitman is the quintessential American poet.  His messages of  democracy, individuality, inclusiveness and acceptance are arguably as relevant today as they were in the 1800s.  Minneapolis-based playwright, actor, dancer and Whitman aficionado Patrick Scully has created a theatrical production that brings the life and words of Whitman to the stage.  He's bringing his one man show to the Eagles Club in Bemidji October 4 in association with the Beltrami County Historical Society's fall fundraiser.  He spoke with us on the morning show about Whitman, the production and why he thinks Whitman fits the bill as one of America's greatest poets. 

The Beltrami County Historical Fundraiser starts at 6:30pm, October 4th at the Eagles Club in Bemidji.  The play begins at 7:00pm. 

All it takes is a spark.  Several years ago, Cate Belleveau agreed to portray Mary Welsh Hemingway in a Beltrami County Historical Society fundraising event.  The experience ignited a curiosity that could not be denied.  Fascinated by her new knowledge of an intelligent, adventurous woman who grew up in logging country and ended up the 4th wife of Ernest Hemingway, over the next few years, Cate committed to researching Mary Welsh Hemingway.  Intrigued, her thirst for knowledge led to investigations into the lives of other significant

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Cynthia Booth has been creating dark fiction for decades.  She's authored and co-authored dozens of short stories, novels and plays.  She recently won an international award for her short story One Date is Danger and her novella Leviathan of Lost Lake, set in Grand Rapids, MN, will be available to the public this summer.  She stopped by Northern Community Radio recently and chatted about her life as a writer.

This Saturday at 5pm Northern Community Radio will broadcast another edition of the Great Northern Radio Show LIVE from the Thompson Recital Hall on the Bemidji State University campus.  Aaron Brown hosts the variety show, creates most of the skits in the production, and organizes the musical acts.  We spoke with Aaron about what goes into planning it and how it all unfolds.

The Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival is a celebration organized by Little Black Dress, INK.  Little Black Dress, INK conducts a yearly theatrical writing contest and finalists from that contest are showcased in theater festivals across the country.  Collaborating with local theater groups, the  original works created by women are portrayed onstage, in multiple cities, on the same day.  This Sunday, International Women's Voices Day,

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Do you believe in ghosts?  Do you love to be scared?  Brainerd Community Theater is getting into the spirit of Halloween with the chilling production The Woman in Black.  Patrick Spradlin and Kevin Yeager bring the two man production to life this weekend at the Chalberg Theater on the Central Lakes College campus in Brainerd.  In this segment of Area Voices, Spradlin and Yeager share insights on the ghost story.

 Tim Federle spent much of his life in theatrical productions both on and off Broadway.  He realized the theater experience held life lessons that could help people navigate through life and the many transitions wrapped up in it.

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