Burning down the house

 - by julie

Have you taken in a show our two at the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre (aka Fire Hall Theatre)?  If not, you don’t know what your missing.  This community organization has been a mainstay in Greater Grand Forks for 64 years, and produces a variety of shows that showcase the fabulous talent in our region.

The 2011-2012 season has launched with some fabulous theater including:

“Bell, Book & Candle” – October 13-29 (this week is the final showing) Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform supernatural feats.  She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly because she is attracted to him.  He falls head over heals in love with her at once and wants to marry her.  But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads to a number of difficulties.  Will Gillian choose love over tradition?  And will Shepherd choose a mortal woman over Gillian?  It’s a “Bewitching” predicament.

“A Christmas Carol” – December 6-17 Focusing on Dickens’ powerful language, humor and warmth, this charming drama tells the story of the redemption of a human soul.  The play follows the ever-powerful story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous human being.  With traditional carols and English folk tunes creating the proper atmosphere, the world of Scrooge, Fezzwig and Tiny Tim comes alive, igniting the holiday spirit for your and old alike.

Disney’s “Cinderella” – February 23-March 4 The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film.  Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball.  With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!  With a beautiful score including “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and the classic “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”, this musical will charm its way into your heart and remind you that dreams really can come true.

“Almost, Maine” – April 15-May 5 On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine.  As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.  Knees are bruised.  Hearts are broken.  But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midiwinter night’s dream.  “Almost, Maine” is a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance.  Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts.

“Ruthless!” – June 14-30 Eight-year old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical.  Anything includes murdering the leading lady!  This aggressively outrageous musical takes on “toddlers and tiaras” and garnered rave reviews during its long Off Broadway run, which opened with Brittany Spears in the title role.

In addition to a stellar line up of shows, the Fire Hall is also hosting a series of workshops and programs for youth and adults including: Movement for Actors; Scene Study for Actors; Shakespeare on Saturday; Improv for Adults; Broads on Boards; and Folks on Stage.

For information about about show tickets or any of the workshops, check out the website.

This week is the last chance to see “Bell, Book & Candle”, so get your tickets today, and let us know what you thought of the show!

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