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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 →

MSUM faculty and students participate in Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead’s upcoming shows

Posted on 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 →

Theatre Department presents ‘Almost, Maine’

Posted on 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.

Beards back in Fargo-Moorhead

Posted on 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 →

MSUM theatre students receive multiple awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Posted on 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 →

Theatre Arts alum plays lead role in Theater Latte Da’s Minneapolis production of Cabaret

Posted on 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.

“The Walking Dead” makeup artist on campus Thursday and Friday

Posted on 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.

AmberCrow

 

 

Faculty and students co-create play for young children

Posted on 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 evertel@mnstate.edu.

Aquila Theatre actor gives pre-performance talk Saturday

Posted on 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.

Touring theatre company takes fresh approach to Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy

Posted on 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 →

MSUM student follows his passion

Posted on October 03, 2013

Theatre arts student, Mark Lindquist, was featured on KVRR news.

Watch the video here.

Nontraditional MSUM student aims to spread joy to others while following his own dreams

Posted on October 02, 2013

An article by The Forum about theatre arts major, Mark Lindquist.

By: Ryan Johnson, INFORUM
www.inforum.com/event/article

Mark Lindquist is a nontraditional student majoring in theater arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead and owns a motivational speaking company, Breath is Limited. Lindquist said he discovered his passion for performing at the age of 30, when his service in the Air Force gave him the chance to emcee and be lead vocalist of the Tops in Blue traveling group that entertains troops around the world. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

MOORHEAD – If Mark Lindquist had picked a career at the age of 19, when he was a freshman at Concordia College, he’d be an elementary school teacher today.

If he had to decide at 24, when he took classes at the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, he’d be putting a political science degree to use.

Instead, the 32-year-old is a military veteran, actor, businessman, leader of a new nonprofit organization and a theater arts junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Lindquist said he discovered his passion for performing at the age of 30, when his service in the Air Force gave him the chance to emcee and be lead vocalist of the Tops in Blue traveling group that entertains troops around the world.

But he said he’s lucky – four out of five people aren’t passionate about what they’re doing, according to a study by Deloitte.

Lindquist focused on the problem during a recent TEDx talk in Minot, N.D., telling the audience that the pressure on 19- or 20-year-olds to pick their major and career for the rest of their lives often results in “the most uninformed decision” they’ll ever make.

“One of the things that I pointed to in the TEDx talk was to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what if we could just take a step back and not force our young people into making these decisions before they have the chance to live life and discover what really makes them tick?’ ” he said. “Go have an adventure that would better inform the decisions that you’re about to make.”

GETTING A BREAK

Lindquist was born in an orphanage in Seoul, South Korea, and was adopted eight months later by a family in Ortonville, Minn. Read the rest of this entry →

The Laramie Project opens Wednesday

Posted on September 27, 2013

A play that examines a community’s reaction to a hate crime opens the fall semester of theatre in the University Theatre Series at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The Laramie Project delves into the psyches of the people of Laramie, Wyo., following the death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. The University of Wyoming student was tied to a fence miles outside of Laramie, severely beaten and left to die by two men he met in a bar who had offered to drive him home. Shepard was gay, and his death was prosecuted as a hate crime.  Read the rest of this entry →

Departments host student mixer

Posted on September 25, 2013

On Sept. 19 Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, Theatre and Music Industry hosted a student mixer on the Hansen Stage. The annual event (three years running) was organized to increase collaboration between students of the various disciplines and foster an atmosphere of continued cooperation between the three departments. The event included pizza, pop, music and an opportunity for students to be added to the CADT actor/talent database. Over 100 students and faculty were in attendance.

 

MSUM Theatre Arts Department announces fall and winter shows

Posted on September 03, 2013

A play that examines a community’s reaction to a hate crime opens the fall semester of theatre in the University Theatre Series at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The Laramie Project delves into the psyches of the people of Laramie, Wyo., following the death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. The University Of Wyoming student was tied to a fence miles outside of Laramie, severely beaten and left to die by two men he met in a bar who had offered to drive him home. Shepard was gay, and his death was prosecuted as a hate crime. Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat Players final performance starts Thursday

Posted on July 16, 2013

The Straw Hat Players are wrapping up the 50th anniversary season with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

July 18 to 19 & 23 to 26 at 7:30 p.m., Hansen Theatre/Musical/PG13
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero. Read the rest of this entry →

Former MSUM student and ‘One Life to Live’ vet weighs in on Hulu switch

Posted on July 15, 2013

By: Sam Benshoof, INFORUM
STAMFORD, Conn. – Soap operas are no longer just the stuff of daytime television.

In late April, longtime ABC soap “One Life to Live” made the switch to the Internet, where it now airs two new episodes per week on Hulu.com through the OnLine Network.

One who witnessed that transition from old TV to Web TV up close is Jerry verDorn. Since 2005, the Minnesota State University Moorhead alumnus has played character Clint Buchanan on the show, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary today.

We caught up with verDorn, a Sioux Falls, S.D., native, who shared his thoughts on what the switch to online means for soap operas like “One Life to Live.” Read the rest of this entry →

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