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What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

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Would you take that acting class?  Learn to sing?  Try your hand at cabaret performing?  Simply awaken that creative muse who’s lain dormant for far too long?

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre is offering theatre workshops for adults and children that are sure to chip away at a few things on some folks’ bucket lists — all in a safe, nonjudgemental environment meant to nurture the individual.  There are scene-study classes for ages 11 and up, singing for non-singers, cabaret showcases for adults, playwriting for 11-17, and even a special workshop for grandmothers, mothers, and daughters:  “Broads on the Boards.”

In this workshop, funded by the EGF/GF Community Foundation Women’s Fund, participants will take an interesting life story, write it as a monologue, then perform it for a live audience on March 8th.

Also this spring, children of military men and women who have been deployed will have the chance to tell their stories on stage in “Deployed,” in addition to a Native American Folk Stage workshop for American Indian children in which they will take cultural stories and bring them to life on stage.  This workshop is a partnership with the North Star Council and partially funded by EcoLab. (“Broads on the Boards”, “Deployed,” and “Native American Folk Stages” are free workshops, limited to the first 15 people who sign up.)

In Creative Play, adults will have a chance to explore various creative outlets in a safe, non-judgemental 4-week workshop – acting games, dance, journaling exercises, and creating a “vision board.”  Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook, a mug, and their imagination.

Dates, times, and costs can all be found at www.ggfct.com .  Early registration is recommended, simply email info@ggfct.com to save you a spot.

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!

It’s a SPOOKTACULAR season in Grand Forks!

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While the leaves are turning beautiful colors of gold, orange and red, and little ghouls and boys are getting ready for the tradition of dressing up and trick-or-treating, it is a wonderful time to celebrate this “spooktacular” season in Greater Grand Forks, and there are plenty of things to help you do that! It all kicked off this past weekend as zombies visited Town Square for the 2nd Annual Zombie Music Fest hosted by the North Valley Arts Council.

Some of the activities you just must experience include:

Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch is located in Emerado, just minutes west of Grand Forks. In addition to offering a large patch full of all sorts of pumpkins, there are also hayrides, corn maze, Gruesome Granary Haunted House, Haunted Hollow Road, Haunted Hen House (pre-schoolers) and much more. Their season runs from September 17 to October 29, weekdays 3-6 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-6p.m. While there, make sure to look for the Big Pumpkin!

On October 28 and 29, spirits from our community’s past will descend on the normally quiet grounds of the Myra Museum to fill your Halloween with fright and fun! The 3rd Annual Legends of Terror Haunted House, for those 16 and older, will run both days starting at 8 p.m. to 12 midnight.

For all the little ghosts and goblins who prefer not-too-scary stories and way-too-sweet treats, there is a special Half Pint Haunt on October 30, from 2 to 5 p.m., also on the Myra Museum grounds.

In the production “Bell, Book and Candle”, Gillian has fallen in love with Shep, and while love can be complicated enough, things get extra twisty for Gillian, because she is a witch. Since witches aren’t supposed to fall in love, and if they do, they must give up their powers, what will Gillian do? John Van Druten’s classic, romantic comendy comes to the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre (aka Fire Hall Theatre) stage just in time for Halloween. The production will run from October 13 to 29. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students, seniors and military.

Any of this sound fun? Looking for more? Check out our online calendar of events, which is updated daily.

How will you celebrate this “spooktacular” season?

No day but today

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The Convention & Visitors Bureau office is buzzing about the opening of Crimson Creek’s production of “RENT” tomorrow (Tuesday, August 2) at the Empire Arts Center.  I have seen this modern-day musical in London, New York and Mineapolis, and I know Crimson will not dissapoint.  If you have been to any of their other productions such as “Hair”, “The Producers”, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” and “Psycho Beach Party”, you know what I am talking about.

Set in the Ast Village of New York City, “RENT” is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.  Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “RENT” has become a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.  Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, “RENT” follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city.

Crimson performers have performed “flash mobs” at various Grand Forks locations to give us a taste of what is to come.  Click here for a sample.

“RENT” is onstage August 2-6 and 9-13 at 7:30 p.m.  Presale tickets ($20/adults and $18/students and seniors) are highly encouraged and may be purchased at the Chester Fritz Box Office (701.777.4090).