Mouse River Players Community Theatre in Minot has set auditions for March 21 and 22 at 7:15 p.m. in the Arlene Theater, 115-1st St. SE, for "Get Smart." This is a large-cast show with many roles available. It is a Mel Brooks' comedy spoof of spy thrillers. Conrad Davidson, Minot, will be the director.
The play will be performed May 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and May 22 at 2 p.m. in the Arlene Theater. The Tim and Lin Knickerbocker family of Minot is sponsoring the "Get Smart" production.
Music association to play at the James
WILLISTON March's Second Sunday at the James event, set for this Sunday at 3 p.m., will feature members of Williston's Thursday Musical Club in a program titled, "Together We Sing." This is also the title of a booklet published by the National Federation of Music Clubs for use in monthly meetings.
The first half of the family-oriented program will include individual presentations based on the booklet. The second portion will be a sing-along of folk songs which should be in everyone's repertoire.
The Thursday Musical Club is Williston's chapter of the North Dakota Federation of Music Clubs. The group exists to provide scholarships to local students who are interested in attending the International Music Camp summer sessions, and to host the juried Piano Festival in March.
A fee of $5 covers the entertainment as well as a dessert served with coffee or tea at intermission.
Arts council event earns recognition
The Minot Area Council of the Arts recent arts residency with the Doug Talley Quartet was featured as an Arts Midwest Star Project.
"The Performing Arts Fund enabled us to bring a professional jazz quartet to Minot to work with middle school, high school, and university students, (and) enabled us to present an event that opened doors for expanded partnership with the university," said Terri Aldrich, executive director for the Minot Area Council of the Arts. "The residency broadened musical understanding of the uniquely American art form of live jazz performance within our community."
The quartet's public concert at Minot State University included four pieces with the MSU jazz ensemble. The residency activities ranged from a jam session with community members to lectures and demonstrations at four area K-12 schools and workshops and rehearsals with MSU students.
During the lectures and demonstrations at the K-12 schools, students learned about the conversational aspect of jazz playing and the internal structure and forms of the music. The students' attention was drawn to the role of each member of the ensemble at different times during the music, and the artists each spoke a bit about their musical bios and explained their musical jobs.
Warner to present Celtic music concert
STANLEY The music of Ireland has taken deep root in America, enlivening American culture, bringing with it a rich and emotive heritage. State senator John Warner will present a concert of Celtic music at 3 p.m. March 20 in the Sibyl Center at 301-1st St. SW in Stanley, accompanied by Marlene Jensen Hoirup.
In a program that explores this exchange, Warner will sing traditional Irish favorites such as "Molly Malone," "Wild Rover" and "Danny Boy," as well as American and British songs inspired by the Celtic tradition and beyond.
Warner has studied classical voice with David Martin and Scott Hoerl among others. He farms south of Makoti and represents North Dakota's fourth legislative district in the state Senate.
Admission is by freewill offering, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.