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Motion goes Hollywood: Theatre looking for nominations

Though this year’s Motion fundraiser for the Historic Holmes Theatre is still more than a month away, organizers are attempting to build excitement for the event by incorporating an “awards ceremony” into the festivities — and the time for nominations is now.

“Each year we try to come up with a different theme, and this year, we decided on ‘Motion Goes Hollywood,’” explained Viva Lauinger, a member of the Motion planning committee.

Because last year’s “Prom Night” theme helped build excitement for the event by incorporating a vote for “Prom King” and “Prom Queen” featuring nominees from the community, the committee thought they would continue the tradition by including an Oscars-style “awards ceremony” that also utilized a public “vote” leading up to the celebration.

“We wanted to make it more personal,” said fellow planning committee member Terry Haus.

From now through this Friday, Jan. 31, nominations are being accepted from within the community in four awards categories: Best Movie Location, Best Action Hero, Best Director and Best Supporting Role.

“We tried to think of award categories that would help get the community engaged and involved in voting for people that they choose,” Lauinger said.

The first category, Best Movie Location, is just like the name sounds: Any potential film location within the lakes area that might be worthy of a scene in a major motion picture is eligible. (Yes, the Holmes Theatre is eligible, Lauinger said with a laugh.)

The second category, Best Action Hero, is for public servants such as police officers, firefighters, rescue workers, EMTs, doctors and nurses who work to save lives and make a difference within the community.

The third category, Best Director, is for a CEO, president, executive director, etc., of a local company who has made a positive impact on the community as a whole.

The fourth category, Best Supporting Role, is for someone within any local company, service club or organization who goes “above and beyond” the performance of their duties — “a real company MVP,” Lauinger explained.

Nominations may be submitted at the theater box office, by phone at 218-844-7469, or by e-mail submissions to between now and the end of the business day on Friday, Jan. 31.

The four individuals or locations in each category that receive the most nominations will be placed on the final ballot.

The nominees will first be unveiled during an upcoming performance on the theater’s main stage by the TU Dance Company, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m., after which will begin to be circulated within the community on Monday, Feb. 3.

Voting will take place at various local businesses, where little “Oscar men” are set up alongside the ballot boxes; of course, ballots will also be available at the theater box office, located at 806 Summit Ave.

Voting will continue up until the start of the Motion fundraiser, which is set for Saturday, March 8 at the theater.

Also from now through March 8, the Motion planning committee is accepting entries in a “movie shorts” competition, where people can submit video clips “recreating their favorite movie scenes in a minute or less,” Lauinger said.

The best entries will be shown on screen during the Motion celebration; entries may be submitted via e-mail at Call 218-844-7469 for details.

Another unique element of the Motion celebration is that people are encouraged to dress up according to the evening’s theme — though it is not required, Lauinger said.

“This year we’re saying, ‘Come as you are, or come as a star,’” she added, noting that this means people can choose to dress up, or wear their favorite pair of blue jeans.

Haus said that just like last year’s “Prom Night” celebration, “Motion Goes Hollywood” will take place within the confines of the theater itself, and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening.

“We’re having two shows as part of ‘Motion’ this year,” added fellow planning committee member Becky Mitchell.

“What a Wonderful World,” featuring Deuces Wild dueling pianists Ted Manderfeld and David Charles Eicholz, is for fans of classic pop and jazz standards, and begins at 2 p.m.

“You can come and take a walk down memory lane,” Mitchell said, and enjoy such familiar tunes as “Over the Rainbow,” “16 Tons,” “Tennessee Waltz,” and of course, “What a Wonderful World.”

The second show “is Deuces Wild like you’ve never seen them before,” she added.

“Dave and Ted, the ‘Wild’ brothers, are flipping the script on their dueling pianos show,” Lauinger said. “They’ll be doing a lot more full songs, so people can get up and dance, and party.”

“You should be prepared to have a lot of fun,” Mitchell added.

The second show starts at 7 p.m.

“With Motion, not only are you coming out to support a great cause, arts programming in the lakes area, but it’s a really great show as well,” Haus explained, noting that about 700 people came to the theater for last year’s Deuces Wild show, and they’re hoping for a similar turnout on March 8.

“This is a really unique type of fundraiser,” he added, noting that most events like this don’t include a full stage show in a major performing arts venue.

“Last year, we started moving the events into the theater, to make this a one-of-a-kind fundraiser,” Lauinger added.

“This year we’re doing a more open seating arrangement, so people can mix, mingle and have fun instead of just sitting in your seat for the whole show,” Mitchell added.

Complete information on each show, as well as where and how to purchase tickets, is available at

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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