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TU Dance brings playful, soulful choreography to MSUM stage this weekend

Posted on January 20, 2015

Company comes to Moorhead for performance and three-day residency

Founded in 2004 by former Alvin Ailey dancers Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance performs in MSUM’s Hansen Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Read the rest of this entry →

Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

Two Theatre Arts events feature all-student work

Posted on December 04, 2014
An original student production titled “Ben and Trish” takes the Gaede Stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The play was written by Michael Johnson and directed by Nora Flaherty. Elliott Heerman and Emily Carlson play the roles of Ben and Trish. Original music was composed by Heerman. All are Theatre Arts majors. The play follows a brother and sister examining their childhood memories together, seeking to rebuild their estranged relationship. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors. Go to or buy at the door. Tickets are also available at the MSUM Box Office Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (218) 477-2271. 

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre, the Theatre Arts Department presents a winter showcase of dance featuring work of student dancers and choreographers. These “works in progress” will be a sampling of dance pieces in various stages of completion, and will feature work from Dance I, Ballet I, and Dance Production. The performance is free.

Saturday’s production of The Jungle Book drew large crowd

Posted on November 25, 2014

Saturday’s production of The Jungle Book drew more than 1,400 people for two afternoon performances in Hansen Theatre. The children’s theatre production is an annual event of the University Theatre Series that also draws thousands of school-age children for field-trip presentations during the school-day. This year, 13 school-day shows took place from Nov. 13 to 24 for 8,200 children from schools in the region. In conjunction with the Saturday performances, The Red River Zoo held animal demonstrations, drawing more than 500 people to the Gaede Stage where students met a porcupine, ball python and a parrot.

MSUM University Theatre Series presents The Jungle Book

Posted on November 21, 2014

Event includes live animal demonstration

A free children’s theatre production takes the stage for two shows Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1 and 4 p.m. in Hansen Theatre in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts.
The Jungle Book, based on the famous tale of the same name by Rudyard Kipling, tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, Mowgli learns all about “Jungle Law” and how to survive. The Jungle Book is a student production of the MSUM Theatre Department, and is suitable for all ages. Read the rest of this entry →

The Musical of Musicals Musicals (The Musical!) runs through Oct. 4

Posted on October 01, 2014

A musical that parodies five famous creators of musicals opens the MSUM University Theatre Series. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) satirizes Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander and Ebb by creating five stories in the style of each hit musical team. The show runs Oct. 1 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead. For tickets, go to, or call the MSUM Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (218) 477-2271. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 90 minutes before curtain.


Theatre Arts alum, Tyler Michaels, wins Emerging Artist Award

Posted on September 23, 2014
Young triple-threat Tyler Michaels, a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Theatre Arts program, won the Emerging Artist Award at the Ivey Awards Monday night. For more information, click here.

MSUM theatre alums garner attention for work at Minnesota Fringe Festival

Posted on September 17, 2014

MSUM Theatre Arts alumni received rave reviews for a production titled Now I See at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, an 11-day non-juried event featuring performing artists of several genres and disciplines. Minnesota Fringe is the largest non-juried festival in the United States and the third-largest Fringe festival in North America.

Based on a transcript of a 1930s radio broadcast, Now I See tells the story of a man who finally achieved his life’s dream of becoming a manager of a boxing champion, but gave it all up as penance for someone who was hurt along the way. Read the rest of this entry →

Theatre Arts Department announces four shows

Posted on September 17, 2014

A musical that parodies four famous creators of musicals opens the MSUM University Theatre Series. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) satirizes Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander and Ebb by creating five stories in the style of each hit musical team. The show runs Oct. 1 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alums find work at Medora

Posted on 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 →

Straw Hat Players closes with beloved “Fiddler on the Roof”

Posted on 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, or by calling the MSUM Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (218) 477-2271.

Straw Hat’s “Doubt” opens tonight

Posted on 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 →

From Hip-Hop to Ballet: “An Evening of Dance” May 10

Posted on 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

Singing red: MSUM brings ‘Carrie’ to life in musical form

Posted on 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 →

Get discounted tickets to Performing Arts Series

Posted on 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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CADT’s Spring Forward 2014

Posted on April 21, 2014

Thursday, April 24
6:30-8:30 p.m.
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 →

MSUM grad stars in new FX miniseries, “Fargo”

Posted on 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 →

“Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet” comes to Moorhead

Posted on 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 →

Tin Roof Theatre Company presents “The twilight of the Golds”

Posted on 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 →

James Sewell Ballet’s world premiere of Inferno on MSUM campus

Posted on 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 →

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