Kate Aarness, MSUM junior majoring in Theatre Arts with a Musical Theater emphasis, and student in the Honors Program, has been accepted into the British American Drama Academy in London for fall semester. In a conservatory setting, she will take courses from London theater professionals, and rehearse and perform in a working London theatre. Read the rest of this entry →
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MINNEAPOLIS – If you don’t know his name by now, you will soon.
Tyler Michaels’ star is rising fast and it doesn’t take long to figure out why.
The 26-year-old Bloomington, Minn. native has the ability to captivate an audience from the moment he steps on stage – or more likely of late, propels onto it. Read the rest of this entry →
Production tackles issues of gender and power
A provocative new adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragic play, Romeo and Juliet, opens Wednesday, Feb. 25, on the Gaede Stage in MSUM’s Roland Dille Center for the Arts. R♀mi/E♂ and Juliet is a student production of the MSUM Theatre Department, and is rated R for adult content. Read the rest of this entry →
For their 10th season, Music Theatre Fargo Moorhead will present Into The Woods, featuring a cast of 12 actors portraying beloved fairy tale characters, and taking place at The Stage at Island Park on February 19-22, 26-March 1. Read the rest of this entry →
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 →
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 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.
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 →
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 mnstate.edu/tickets, 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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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 →