Arts center one busy place [UPDATED]Published 9:39am Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Updated 11:45am Wednesday, July 3, 2013
As I write this, it is Friday, June 28, and just two hours before the opening night curtain for “Disney’s Jungle Book Kids.”
I hope you had a chance to see it. I’ve been watching rehearsals and it is/was a fantastic show.
Opening night of Jungle Book (along with an artist reception going on) is why I’m writing our arts column two weeks in a row. Everyone else is scurrying around like worker ants doing last-minute sound checks, setting up chairs in the center section of the auditorium (because our new seats are not installed yet), selling tickets with our new ticketing system, answering phones, letting frantic parents know what time their kids are supposed to be here for the show, greeting people at the art reception, and a dozen other tasks. It does get really busy around here.
I, however, am sitting calmly at my desk working on promotions for the next summer musical, “The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee,” on July 25-28 and Aug. 2-4; and Center Series shows for next season.
There is no Concert in the Park or Movie in the Park this week because Thursday is the Fourth of July, and we figured there were already enough things going on. The next Concert in the Park is on July 11 with REDJazz.
Our next event is this Saturday, at noon. Lance Johnson will be performing one of his summer Brown-Bag Lunch Concerts on our MightyWurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
A Center for the Arts has the distinction of having one of the largest theatre pipe organs in the upper Midwest. Originally housed in the Granada Theatre in Kansas City, Kansas, original parts for our WurliTzer Organ were brought up to Fergus Falls in the spring of 1993, by Lance, who owns Johnson Organ Company in Fargo. He then spent two years rebuilding and installing the organ.
I remember the first summer that AC4TA had organ performances. I took my mother and son (who was about five at the time) to see the MightyWurliTzer rise up on its platform in the middle of the stage. My son was so excited to see that big instrument (and Lance) come up out of the floor with the music playing.
Truthfully, I’m not sure how we’ll do it this summer: raise the organ prior to the concerts so it is preset, or have it come up out of the floor in all its glory at the beginning of the show. We were having some problems with the lift earlier this year. Either way, it will be a fun show.
Plus, our theatre is air conditioned, so you can get out of this hot summer sun for a bit.
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 coodinator at A Center For The Arts in Fergus Falls.