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Theatre goes with plan B [UPDATED]

Published 9:11am Thursday, March 21, 2013 Updated 11:15am Thursday, March 21, 2013

There really is no substitute for live performance art, because when it comes to live performance, you just never know what’s going to happen.

Just this past weekend we experienced this very phenomenon right here at A Center for the Arts when our scheduled performer was late due to flight delays.

The show was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and the artist didn’t even arrive at the theater until closer to 8 p.m., meaning the show didn’t begin until closer to 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.

Luckily, we had a plan in place to keep the audience occupied and happy and the evening went off without a hitch.

Everyone seemed to agree that the show was well-worth the wait, and we thought that if any audience would be understanding about delays due to weather the Fergus Falls crowd would be.

For those of you who were here last Saturday night for Pavlo, thank you again for your patience and understanding. And for those of you who missed it, you missed one incredible show.

Of course, there are always more performances to see at the Center. And speaking of live performance, we happen to have live theater coming up this weekend.

Because you never know what can or will happen at a live performance, no two shows are exactly the same, even if it’s the same play night after night.

Each performance is different. That is what makes live performance so magical — being there, in the moment, with the artist.

This weekend we have a play that not only stars all local talent, but was also written by a local, Laura Johnson.

“Money to Burn” was written as a spoof of the Agatha Christie murder mysteries by local thespian Laura Johnson.

Watch the fun as the relatives of recently deceased Uncle Dudley gather at his mansion to find the money they are sure is hidden there, and see what ghostly tricks Dudley has up his sleeve — especially for his ex-wife Veronica.

This play premiered at A Center for the Arts in 1999. Laura Johnson, Randy King and Jane Geisinger all performed in the original play and are again in this new presentation. Joining them as cast members are Chad Canfield, Michelle Canfield, Becca Svingen, Jess Cooper, Rick Schara and Joe Johnson.

This production is co-presented by a group of well-seasoned local talent who call themselves the Theater Geeks and A Center for the Arts.

We hope to see you at this show this weekend, to experience live performance and support your friends, neighbors, and peers.

If you can’t make it this weekend, don’t worry, we’ve got more live performance up our sleeves here at the Center. As always, please check our website: for more information about upcoming performances.


Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls.

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