PEQUOT LAKES - Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will stage the musical comedy "Lumberjacks in Love" at 8 p.m. July 6 and 9-12 in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.
Tickets - priced at $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students - can be purchased from Pequot Lakes Community Education at (218) 568-9200 or at the door.
Six area actors will portray characters in the 19th Century Haywire Lumber Camp, where the occupants live in close quarters without the benefit of a housekeeper.
Some are burly guys eager for entertainment, so they create their own. When it's time to celebrate one of their birthdays, they create a wing-ding that calls for a change of red flannels. They crank up the Victrola, haul out the washboard and ukulele, and dance their way in celebration of life in the "big sticks, where women can't getcha."
The musical comedy "Lumberjacks in Love" will be staged next month by Pequot Lakes Community Theatre.
The characters are The Kid (Maggie Boland, Brainerd), Muskrat (Stanley Mikles, Crosslake), Dirty Bob (Charlie Johnson, Brainerd), Rose (Sue Johnson, Brainerd), Minnesota Slim (Michael Lundin, Baxter) and Moonlight (Thor Thorson, Brainerd).
The shanty boys sing tight harmonies in songs such as "Buncha Naked Lumberjacks" and "Some Day I'll Be Clean." Rose makes a statement with "Stupid, Stupid Love."
The show, making its Minnesota debut, comes from the book and lyrics by Fred Alley, with music by James Kaplan.
The director is Nancy Waller of Breezy Point. The crew includes vocal director Lauren Nickisch, Pequot Lakes; set designer Allan Olson, Pequot Lakes; stage manager Meredith Bjorkquist, Crosslake; assistant stage manager David Allan Pundt, Baxter; technical director Jon Bjorkquist, Crosslake; prop supervisor Donna Olson, Pequot Lakes; costume designer Pat Dullum, Pequot Lakes; and musicians C.J. Anderson and Renee Anderson, both of Pequot Lakes.
'Ben Knebel' to tell mail boat stories
Re-enactments featuring music, stories and historic Ideal Township mail carrier Ben Knebel will be staged by Daren Blanck and area actors at 7 p.m. Friday at the Cross Lake Dam Recreation Area and 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Breezy Point Resort swimming beach.
Admission is free.
Knebel delivered mail to the Whitefish Chain from 1930-69. The re-enactments will intertwine Ben's life with local history and events in 1947.
Visitors should bring their own blanket or lawn chair.
'Flowers for Algernon' to be staged in Pine River
PINE RIVER - Pine River-Backus Community Education Summer Youth Theater will stage "Flowers for Algernon" at 7:30 p.m. July 21, 2 p.m. July 22 and 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the Warehouse in Pine River.
Tickets will be available at the door.
"Flowers for Algernon" is a full-length drama by David Rogers based on the 1959 book by Daniel Keyes. It is the compelling story of Charlie Gordon (Jordan Zaffke, Backus), a mentally challenged janitor who volunteers to take part in an experimental intelligence-enhancing treatment.
The cast also includes Jacob Walker, Pine River, as Dr. Strauss; Hallie Pond, Backus, as Alice Kinnian; Danielle Sonenstahl, Pine River, as Professor Nemur and Charlie's Mother; Kassi Owens, Pequot Lakes, as Gina and Norma; Travis Clemens, Pine River, as Bert Seldon and Charlie's Father; Marcia Stanton, Pine River, as Little Charlie and Mrs. Donner; Randi Georges, Nisswa, as Bernice, Ellen and Nurse; Maggie Plattes, Pequot Lakes, as Joey and Chair Lady; Micaela Hallan, Nisswa, as Mrs. Mooney, Frankie and Teen Charlie; Tomi Lenertz, Hackensack, as Connie and Doris.
White Bear, Lenertz's pet mouse, will play Algernon.
Sue Wignall, Hackensack, will direct.
For more information, call (218) 587-2080.
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