AITKIN - Aitkin High School will host the 2009 Minnesota State High School League subsection one-act play competition at 9 a.m. Saturday in the auditorium.
Six schools will compete for first or second place to advance to the section competition. The plays must follow specific rules, which include a time rule of 35 minutes and no more than 20 students in the cast and crew.
Cost to attend the event is $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Aitkin's entry this year is "Frostbite" by Lisa L'Amour, a play commissioned by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. "Frostbite" is about three teenagers who go into the woods and end up meeting "the Kid" who is transformed into a Japanese woman, Komachi. She tells her story as the attendants and the three teenagers are drawn into the action.
The Aitkin High School one-act play crew is made up of Kori Flowers (front left), Bridgett Swenson, Mariya Espeseth, Chelsea Paulson, Steven Kurtz (second row left), Michael Hansen, Mackenzie Thompson, Alicia Panchyshyn, Aslyn Blake, Kevin Hughes, Greta Goble, Beau Ekelund (back left), Thomas Chute and Alice Browning.
The Aitkin play will be performed for the general public at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Cellist Patrick Riley to perform Sunday
MOTLEY - The Staples Motley Area Arts Council will present cellist Patrick Riley at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Motley. Riley will bring with him two friends, violinist Michelle Laliberte and pianist Stephen Carlson. The concert will include music by Haydn, Dvorak and J. Turina.
For more information on the concert and the rest of their season, check out the Arts Council's Web site at www.staplesmotleyarts.org.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students - $15 and $7 at the door - and are available from the Centennial Auditorium Box Office at (218) 894-5416 or (800) 213-6877.
Riley is the principal cellist of the Bemidji Symphony and plays bass in the Bemidji Jazz Quartet and the Bemidji Big Band. Riley joined the music faculty at Bemidji State University in 1973. Pianist Stephen Carlson, a member of the Bemidji State University music department since 2006, is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who has performed at many colleges, universities and festivals throughout the Midwest, Southeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada.
Laliberte started her career as a professional musician at the age of 16 with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. She studied with Eduard Melkus at the Vienna Academy of Music, where she was principal second violin of the Pro Arte Academy.
'Phantom Homeland' gallery at CLC
Colin Kopp, a Minneapolis fine art and editorial photographer, is the featured Central Lakes College Gallery exhibitor. His work is on display until Feb. 18 during regular Brainerd campus hours.
"Phantom Homeland" is an exhibit from Kopp's Phantom Homeland series, created with assistance of a Jerome Fellowship, awarded to him as an emergency artist.
Kopp shows the disconnect between the way we remember places and things and the way they actually exist.
Spring theater workshops scheduled at CLC
Dennis Lamberson, Central Lakes College theater director, will host four workshops during the spring semester on the Brainerd campus.
The first workshop, "Creative Drama for Dad and Children," is scheduled Feb. 28 and is designed for children ages 4-6 and their dads. The workshop will take the participants on a wild adventure as they travel across the ocean to "Where the Wild Things Are." The workshop will include puppet and mask construction, creating the "Wild Thing" polka, building musical instruments and ending with a "Wild Thing" feast.
The workshop will be taught by Lamberson and Kari Frisch, CLC speech instructor. It is limited to 20 dads and their children.
Starting in the fall of 2009, the college will offer an associate in fine arts degree in theater performance. To introduce the new program, there will be a free theater workshop and performance of "The Doctor In Spite of Himself" on March 7. The workshop will include classes in improvisation, theatre games, stage makeup, technical theatre and movement for the theatre.
The workshop will be taught by CLC theatre directors Lamberson and Patrick Spradlin; Dwana Paplow, CLC theatre technical supervisor; David Wilson, costume and makeup designer; and Terrance McKerrs, director and choreographer from Topeka, Kan.
The workshop is open to community members as well as high school and college students. Reservations should be made by March 2.
On March 6, McKerrs, nationally known director and award-winning choreographer, will conduct a movement workshop for middle-school students. The class will learn two dance numbers from the musical "Grease." The workshop is limited to 30 students and no previous dance experience is required.
The final workshop to be offered, Story Theatre, is for students in second through fourth grade. The workshop will produce four short children's theater stories and runs April 20-24 with performances April 25. The class will be taught by Lamberson and Frisch and is limited to 25 students.
For information on the workshops or to make reservations, call Lamberson at 855-8202 or e-mail email@example.com.
Church spotlights area artist's work
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at the corner of highways 210 and 25, is presenting works by Brainerd area artist Marilyn Tepley in the narthex of the church.
The exhibit will be available to the public during office hours on Monday through Friday and during Sunday morning church services. The exhibit will remain until Ash Wednesday week.
Tepley graduated from Staples High School and attended Bemidji State College, where she majored in art and minored in music. She then transferred to Staples AVTI, where she received her degree in commercial art. She has worked for Viking Label and Universal Printing in the Brainerd lakes area and has been employed as a graphic designer by other companies in St. Paul. She decided to leave full-time employment in 1990 so she could pursue her interest in children's illustration.
Stephen Carlson (left), Michelle Laliberte and Patrick Riley will perform an afternoon of chamber music Sunday at the United Methodist Church in Motley.
Tepley is presently employed as a school bus driver for the Brainerd School District.
On display are four studies of birds, four works that have been used in note cards and eight larger paintings that are to be part of a children's book in progress.
The church completed a remodeling project in 2006, adding more office space, an elevator, community service rooms, a youth room and technical upgrades to the heating and kitchen areas, as well as water sprinkler system. The remodeling project created a larger narthex, which allowed space for the display of art works of many kinds.
Upon completion of the remodel, a committee met to set up and establish art work for the newly expanded narthex space. Past displays have included Christmas ornaments and decorations, nature photos by photographer Tim Bogenschutz, John Erickson's photographic "Messengers" exhibit, works by local artist Russ Norberg and woodwork pieces be members of the church congregation.
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