August 11, 2014
By Meghan Feir
When many people think of North Dakotan terrain, they often forget about the landscape surrounding Medora. Nestled in the heart of the badlands, the little village is the summer home of tourists and performers alike. A breathtaking view, flat, farm country is replaced with canyons and buttes painted in red and purple.
For three MSUM alums, living and working in Medora for the summer has not dulled the awe that comes from gazing at their surroundings, and every night, Carl Rottman, Carolyn Schmitz and Matthew Dietzler help put on one of North Dakota’s biggest tourist attractions – the Medora Musical. Read the rest of this entry →
July 11, 2014
Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opens its fifth and final show of the summer – “Fiddler on the Roof” – today, July 10. The show repeats tomorrow, July 11; and again July 15 through 18, for a total of six nights on the Hansen Theatre stage.
Fiddler, winner of 10 Tony Awards, debuted in 1965, and immediately became a staple of the musical theatre repertoire. The musical tells the story of Tevye, a poor dairyman in the little village of Anatevka, a tight-knit Jewish community trying to survive changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Memorable songs include “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.” Playing the star role of Tevye is Nick Wheeler, son of recently-retired theatre professor David Wheeler.
The musical is rated PG-13 and starts at 7:30 p.m. The July 16 performance includes a signer for the hearing impaired. Tickets are available online at www.mnstate.edu/strawhat, or by calling the MSUM Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (218) 477-2271.
June 10, 2014
Local actress Carrie Wintersteen plays Sister Aloysius Beauvier in Doubt, a powerful play by John Patrick Shanley opening Tuesday, June 10 on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts at MSUM. The play runs through Friday, June 13 and is the second production of The Straw Hat Players 51st season of summer theatre at MSUM. It is also Wintersteen’s first experience with MSUM’s summer theatre program.
“It is something I have wanted to do since I first moved to Moorhead 15 years ago,” says Wintersteen, a regular performer with Fargo-Moorhead’s professional theatre company, Theatre B. “Summer stock can be such a great environment to do fulfilling work on a schedule that mirrors the professional world.” Read the rest of this entry →
May 06, 2014
The MSUM Theatre Department presents “An Evening of Dance” Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. The performance features the work of student dancers and choreographers, and includes ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap.
Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students. Purchase tickets at the door the evening of the performance. For more information, call Elizabeth Evert Karnes at (218) 477-2267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 01, 2014
By: John Lamb, INFORUM
Moorhead – Forty years after Stephen King introduced the shy, high school senior, “Carrie” packs more of a punch than ever before.
Craig Ellingson, who directs Minnesota State University Moorhead’s production of the musical version of the story, says with the recent attention paid to bullying, audiences see “Carrie” in a new light.
“It’s very timely in a different way from when the book (1974) or original movie (’76) came out, and that is bullying is something so present in our lives,” Ellingson says. “One of the first things we did as a cast was went around in a circle and said, ‘What were the names you were called?’ Everybody had a name, something they remember being called.” Read the rest of this entry →
April 25, 2014
All four events of next year’s Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series are set, and you can get discounted tickets until May 1! All tickets are just $20 a piece. After May 1, the regular ticketing schedule begins. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the best seats at the best prices! Call (218) 477-2271 M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or stop by the Box Office during those hours. See the attached flyer for descriptions of events.
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April 21, 2014
Thursday, April 24
Fox Recital Hall
Cinema Arts and Digital Technologies is excited to hold its first biennial Spring Forward speakers panel. With a focus on the latest trends and ideas in the media arts, you’ll get the opportunity to hear first hand about professional conferences and topics in the fields of interactive multimedia, film and theater. We’ll explore how these developments relate to a cross-disciplinary approach to education. Students, faculty and the public are all invited to attend. Topics will include: Read the rest of this entry →
April 14, 2014
Musgrave to appear at Fargo Theatre’s premiere party Tuesday
By Meghan Feir
Whether you enjoyed the exaggerated accents in the Coen Brothers’ 1996 movie “Fargo” or not, you can’t deny that the iconic film introduced Fargo to people around the globe. This Tuesday, April 15, the new 10-episode, TV spin-off of the same name will premiere at 9 p.m. on FX.
Tom Musgrave, a Valley City, N.D., native and 1998 MSUM Theatre Arts alum will star as Bo Munk, owner of Bo Munk’s Insurance Shop. Besides adding to the rich potpourri of the cast, which includes actors Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Joey King, Musgrave has been a source of Midwestern knowledge for the cast and crew, adding words like “uffda” to the script. Read the rest of this entry →
March 25, 2014
Come celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday year in as MSUM Theatre Arts presents one-man show on March 27
“Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet,” the latest work by Minnesota’s own acclaimed playwright, premiered last summer as part of Minneapolis-based Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series. Now Hatcher hits the road with his one-man show and travels to Minnesota State University Moorhead where he’ll perform for one-night only on March 27 at MSUM’s Gaede Stage. Admission is free and is first come, first served. Read the rest of this entry →
March 05, 2014
If your parents knew everything about you before you born, would you still be here? This is the question posed in the play, “The twilight of the Golds” by Jonathan Tolins, the next production of the Tin Roof Theatre Company. The play is directed by Larry Schwartz, Library, and features the participation of three alumni of the MSUM Theatre Deptartment: Ryan Soukup, who plays the role of David Gold; Dani M. Collier, stage manager; and Karla Underdahl, assistant stage manager. Read the rest of this entry →
February 28, 2014
Performance caps five-day residency, includes six MSUM dancers
It will be hell. And it will be great. James Sewell, founder of the Minneapolis ballet company that bears his name, has barely finished developing what he considers his magnum opus – a ballet based on Dante’s literary masterpiece, The Inferno. The multi-media dance project premieres at MSUM on the Hansen Theatre stage Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The ballet tells the story of Dante himself in the first book of his trilogy The Divine Comedy. In The Inferno, Dante is driven toward darkness and guided by Virgil through the nine circles of hell in a personal search for the right path of thought and action. It’s a story of midlife crisis and redemption, says Sewell, “explored through a contemporary lens looking for today’s meaning in a timeless tale.” Read the rest of this entry →
February 26, 2014
Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead announces its second weekend of their winter production, “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits,” performing at The Stage at Island Park Feb. 27-March 2. “Forbidden Broadway” is a satirical, cabaret-style revue that began in the early 1980s, in New York City. Constantly evolving, the show coursed over two decades parodying Broadway musicals, actors, directors, composers and choreographers. No Broadway show or star is safe from this satirical mock-fest that pokes good-natured fun at those hit musicals from the Great White Way, and the legendary performers who starred in them, from such shows as Les Miserables, Chicago, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Rent, Spamalot, Annie and so much more. Created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, Forbidden Broadway is a guaranteed night of side-splitting laughs and a sure bet to sell out fast. Read the rest of this entry →
February 21, 2014
What’s happening in Almost, Maine?
Don’t miss this romantic tale set in the remote and mythical town of Almost, Maine. All the residents are mysteriously falling in love, but in Almost, love is never easy, and frequently quite extraordinary. This delightful and surprising tale will warm hearts on even the coldest of winter nights. Shows tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the Gaede Stage. For tickets, go to mnstate.edu/theatre or call the Box Office M-F, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., (218) 477-2271 or buy at the door.
January 31, 2014
Theatre Arts alums Matthew Pitner, Joe Rapp, Tyler Michaels and Lucas Vonasek, four of the members of Bearded Men Improv, are coming home to MSUM as part of a national tour. The comedy troupe got its start in Fargo-Moorhead when the four were students, and has been a staple on Friday nights for almost three years at Minneapolis’ HUGE Theater. Read the rest of this entry →
January 30, 2014
This past week 26 MSUM theatre arts students and faculty attended the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Lincoln, Neb. KCACTF offers a tremendous opportunity for theatre arts students to compete in the areas of acting, directing and theatrical design; to audition for professional theatres; and to partake in workshops with major theatre artists.
MSUM students received the following awards at this year’s festival: Read the rest of this entry →
January 21, 2014
Tyler Michaels, a 2011 Theatre Arts alum, is playing the lead role of the Emcee in Theater Latte Da’s Minneapolis production of Cabaret. Michaels has had numerous stage appearances in the Cities and on television since graduation.
The show opened on Jan. 15 and runs through Feb. 9 at the Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. For ticket information, visit www.minneapolis-theater.com.
November 20, 2013
Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weld Auditorium 106
Amber Crow will be demonstrating film makeup techniques used on the series “The Walking Dead” and will share techniques used to create the injuries in Prisoners.
Friday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. in CA 119
Join us for a Q&A session about working in the film industry. Amber will share her story about breaking into the film industry as a makeup artist and talk about her experiences both on and off set.
November 18, 2013
A free children’s theatre production takes the stage for two shows Saturday, Nov. 23, in Hansen Theatre in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Swashbuckled – A Pirate Adventure, was created and directed by Craig Ellingson, director of theatre arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and senior theatre students Matthew Englund and Ryan Soukup. The play tells the story of Pirate Grey, Quick-Silver, and Larry as they embark upon an adventure to find Blackheart, their missing pirate king. Filled with music, singing and sword fights, Swashbuckled is suitable for all ages.
Show times are 1 and 4 p.m. For more information, contact Elizabeth Evert Karnes at 218.477.2267 or email@example.com.
October 25, 2013
A free, 30-minute pre-performance talk by one of the Aquila Theatre actors starts at 6:30 p.m. on the Gaede Stage. The talk will provide background on Twelfth Night, explanations of Aquila’s interpretation of the work, and a question and answer period. The performance follows at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre. For information about the performance, the second in MSUM’s Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series, go to www.mnstate.edu/perform.
October 23, 2013
“Gleefully engaging…almost unbearable fun…directed with inspiration.” – The New York Times
Production features innovative design, music and uniquely physical approach
On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., the acclaimed Aquila Theatre will stage one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most charming comedies, Twelfth Night. The performance is the second event in MSUM’s Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series, and takes place on the Hansen Theatre stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. Read the rest of this entry →