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Theatre is a construction zone [UPDATED]

Published 9:18am Thursday, June 6, 2013 Updated 11:22am Thursday, June 6, 2013

June is here, and with it comes more than 100 kids in the theater rehearsing for Jungle Book I think I’ll go on vacation. Actually, I am on vacation this week, not to get away from the kids, but because my daughter, Jess, is home for her 10-year high school reunion. Wow, how time flies.

I swear it was just yesterday that she was three years old, refusing to sing “You Are My Sunshine” on the video camera so we could send it from where we lived in California to Grandma Sally here in Fergus Falls.

The Jungle Book cast is rehearsing onstage with the act curtain down and at our new rehearsal space across the street because the 2013 theater seat renovation project is going on in the auditorium.

Our theater has become a virtual construction zone, orange cones and all. There are only a few original seats remaining in the auditorium, and they are detached and piled near the stage.

Some of the auditorium walls and a section of floor have been painted. The remaining walls have numerous small swatches of color samples painted on them.

After everything is painted, we’ll begin installing the cushy seats that came from the Ordway’s McKnight Theater.

It will be interesting to see how much of the project gets done while I’m gone. The plan is to have everything ready for the opening of “Disney’s Jungle Book Kids.”

There are four performances of “Disney’s Jungle Book Kids”: Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 29 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are on sale now and cost $10 for adults and $5 for students/children (plus a $1 sustainability fee that is added to the price of each ticket).

Our new online ticketing system still has a few bugs to work out, so if you have a problem purchasing tickets online, give us a call. You can still buy reserved seating tickets at our box office and over the phone.

Tonight is our first Concert in the Park for the summer featuring the Carlisle Band playing marches and waltzes.

The food vendor for the evening is the Underwood Lions with their famous pork chop sandwiches. After the concert, stick around for the movie “Wreck it Ralph” (PG, 2012) provided by Park Region Telephone/Otter Tail Telcom. Bring your computers, smart phones, etc. too, because Park Region will have free WiFi set up in the park during the concerts and movies this summer so people can stream live, online updates to their Web sites about how much fun they are having at the park.

This weekend, we’ll have a booth at SummerFest, then look for us in the Saturday evening SummerFest parade.

For information and tickets on upcoming events, visit our Web site at www.FergusArts.org or stop by the Fergus Theatre box office downtown Fergus Falls at 124 W. Lincoln Ave, Tuesdays through Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. You can also call us at 218-998-ARTS (2787).

 

Jane Geisinger is the marketing and promotions coordinator at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.

 

 

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