As the saying goes, North Dakota has two seasons - winter and road construction. But if you attend the Mouse River Players music revue production Nov. 28-29, you'll celebrate all the true seasons of Minot
"Seasonally Yours" is the theme for this year's performance. Singers and dancers will take you through the traditional seasons of Minot - but also hunting season, sports seasons, Hstfest season, State Fair season, and of course, road construction season.
From "Button Up Your Overcoat" to "Summertime Blues," to "Joy to the World," audiences will follow the seasons across the stage. The cast and other helpful volunteers have painted a set to match the seasonal moods of Minot. Be prepared for surprises and laughter along the way.
“Groundhog” performers include, from left to right: Bonnie Holman, Carlen Gilseth, Kena Davidson, Conrad Davidson, Holly Eidsness, Kelly Thom and Don Waage.
Performers for “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” are, from left to right, Kelli Volk, Sarah Thom and Kena Davidson, along with Connie Gilseth, above.
Organized by Virginia Dohms, Holly Eidsness, David Bradley and Jeanne Zuniga, the revue has been a popular event since returning to the stage in 2006.
"It's amazing to begin the planning for this in the summer season and watching it all come together, thanks to the talent right here in Minot," said Dohms. "It's a pleasure to be a part of this gift to our audience."
"It's just a fun time. We want our audiences to enjoy themselves. There is time on Friday night to attend the tree lighting and then get to the theatre for the show," Eidsness said.
Members of the cast include newcomers as well as veteran performers.
"The folks who organize it are so easy to work with and they make it fun. It's something my whole family can enjoy," said John Fishpaw, a cast member of several previous revues.
"Everyone has been so welcoming. This is a great opportunity for me as I am new to Minot and I am looking forward to opening night," added newcomer Kelli Volk, a Sherwood native.
The audience will be treated to a variety of dance numbers including a tap-dancing appearance of Frosty the Snowman with dance partners. An ensemble will delight the audience with spoons, washboards and a cork-pop gun, while Conrad Davidson makes a cameo appearance with a banjo-mandolin number.
The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Arlene Theater, located at 115-1st St. SE in Minot. Refreshments will be available before the show and at intermission. Admission is $15, and the event is a special fundraiser for the group. The funds raised will help with upkeep of the building and the need for improvements. One project the group is considering is a new facade for the aging building.
Karen Davidson will have her zipper art on display and for sale in the front room. Attendees will receive a souvenir while supplies last and there will be numerous door prizes.
Reservations can be made by calling 800-667-1977 or sending an email to tickets
@mouseriverplayers.com. The box office will open at 7 p.m.
(Nancy Pearson is a member of Mouse River Players Community Theatre.)