Opera House series slated
FAIRMONT – The upcoming subscription series season at Fairmont Opera House begins this month with New York City’s The Broadway Boys, and ends in May with the smooth sounds of Back to Motown; the monthly shows that fall in the middle cover a variety of musical genres and theatricalities.
“Our theme is everything has rhythm, everything dances,” said Opera House manager Kathi Peterson. “After I booked the shows, I came up with the theme, because I tried to book a variety of genres, so I could offer something for everyone.”
The 2013-2014 series is as follows:
o The Broadway Boys, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. All seats $20.
This show falls on a Thursday, which is unusual for the subscription series, but it was the only night Peterson could get the group.
The male sixtet all come from the New York stage, and they’ll be representing shows like “Wicked,” “Mary Poppins,” “Spiderman,” “Jersey Boys,” “Mama Mia,” and more.
The production is one of two optional shows in the subscription package.
o Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.
Presented by frontwoman Lisa Rock, with a six-piece backup band, the show is sure to bring back memories.
“How many people had Carpenters’ songs at their wedding?” Peterson asked.
The Opera House is also paying the group to put on a workshop for students the morning before the show.
o Rhythmic Circus, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.
This dance troupe’s “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” performance is an energetic, humor-filled show, to a variety of catchy tunes.
“They’re fun and funny and upbeat,” Peterson said. “… We were lucky to get them.”
The group just got an off-Broadway gig, so the Opera House show was moved up to its current date, after which Rhythmic Circus will head straight to New York.
“I wanted to offer something that would entice the dance community,” said Peterson, who is arranging for a workshop for area dancers.
o Home for the Holidays, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
Six Appeal is the six-man a capella group putting on this holiday show. They’re a group of young, funny guys, whose founding members met at Concordia College in Moorhead their freshman year of college in 2006. They’ve been touring nationally since 2010.
o Legacy Live: A Tribute to the King of Pop, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
“He’s got the moves and everything,” Peterson said, regarding this Michael Jackson impersonator, LC Jackson.
She is predicting this will be the show to draw the biggest crowd of all ages, with Michael fans eager to see the likes of “Beat It” and “Thriller” – zombies and all – re-enacted on stage.
o Lightwire Theater’s “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and the Hare,” 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2. All seats $10.
The puppeteers putting on this show were quarterfinalists on America’s Got talent with their production of classic children’s tales using larger-than-life characters glowing with the aid of neon lights. Using music and choreography, no spoken word, the stories are told.
“It’s really cool,” said Peterson, who saw the show last year at the Midwest Arts Conference. “… It’s adorable. I loved it.”
So did Rolling Stone magazine, which called it, “Absolutely incredible.”
A showing for students from area schools will take place Monday, March 3, but Fairmont Elementary did not sign up for the performance, so Peterson recommends Fairmont parents who want their children to see the production sign up quickly before the Sunday show sells out.
This is the second of the optional shows available through the subscription series.
o Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8.
This funky ensemble melds a bluegrass-edged sound with jazz and world-fusion elements. Two of the orchestras pieces have been performed on “A Prairie Home Companion.”
The band features Lisa Wright, the electric fiddler who wowed the audience during the At Christmas show last year at the Opera House.
o Catherine Russell, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11.
The songstress’ musical roots shine through in “Strictly Romancin,'” a production that reveals her influences in old-time blues and jazz singers such as Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, and Etta James, as well as The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
“Gorgeous voice,” Peterson said.
o Back to Motown, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2.
The name says it all, with star Ronn Easton and his All Star Soul Review resurrecting the legendary icons of Motown, from The Temptations, to Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and many more.
The reaction to the 2013-2014 lineup has been positive, Peterson said.
“We have a lot of new subscribers,” she said, but she’s hoping for more.
Season packages are still available at a discounted rate. Individual ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students, unless otherwise noted. Call (507) 238-4900 for details.