Piano duo to perform two concerts as part of Motion theater fundraiser Saturday at Holmes
Now that the 2014 Academy Awards are officially over, the countdown has begun toward Detroit Lakes’ own version of the red carpet extravaganza, Motion Goes Hollywood.
Each year, the fundraiser for arts outreach programs at the Historic Holmes Theatre has a different theme, and this year, Motion will feature an Oscars-style awards ceremony for local community supporters and patrons of the arts.
Unlike the Oscars, however, the dress code is a little more informal — “come as you are, or come as a star.”
In other words, attendees can dress like the Hollywood star of their choice, or they can slip on their favorite pair of blue jeans and a sweater.
Since the beginning of February, local residents have been voting feverishly at participating businesses to try and bring the trophy home for their favorites in each of four awards categories: Best Movie Location, Best Action Hero, Best Director and Best Supporting Role.
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 was eligible, but by the time nominations closed on Jan. 31, four had been chosen: Detroit Mountain, Main Street Diner, Northside Bar and Seven Sisters Spirits.
The second category, Best Action Hero, is for public servants who work to save lives and make a difference within the community. The nominees include Mayor Matt Brenk, Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten, retired Buffalo Bills football player — and erstwhile State Senate candidate — Phil Hansen, and Sally Eikren of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center.
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 nominees in this category include Amy Degerstrom, Becker County Museum director; Lakeshirts co-founders Mark Fritz and Mike Hutchinson; Ecumen-Emmanuel Executive Director Janet Green; and Leighton Broadcasting General Manager Jeff Leighton.
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 in promoting their community. Nominees include Judie Cherry, Brad Green, Rachel Loreth and Vicki Gerdes.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that is set to take place this Saturday, March 8, during the Motion fundraiser. It is part of a full day of entertainment at the Historic Holmes Theatre that will include not just one, but two stage shows featuring pianists Ted Manderfeld and Dave Eicholz of “Deuces Wild” fame.
“We’ve played at the Holmes many times, and we’ve gotten to know Amy (Stearns, the theater’s executive director) and everybody there,” Manderfeld said.
So when the Motion committee began the planning process for this year’s fundraiser, they approached the duo about performing there, “because they thought we’d be a good fit.”
However, in view of the fundraiser’s theme, the Holmes staff challenged Manderfeld and Eicholz “to put a little more ‘Motion’ into our show,” he said.
So for the evening performance, the duo decided to turn their familiar “Deuces Wild” stage show “into the most interactive, fun dance band that you can imagine,” Manderfeld said.
In addition to their “dueling pianos,” they’ve also added a drummer, specifically for the 7:30 p.m. “Deuces Wild” show.
In addition to their unique blend of interactive comedy and music, the duo will also be offering plenty of opportunities to “get up and dance,” Manderfeld said.
To attract a slightly different audience, the duo will also be offering a second matinee show, titled “What a Wonderful World,” starting at 3 p.m.
“Once we started talking about the fundraiser, we realized that there may be a lot of people who want to come out and support the arts, but they don’t want to stay up that late to do it,” said Manderfeld.
In other words, there are plenty of older community residents “who want to come out and see a good show, but they also want to be home in time for the 5 o’clock news.”
That’s the niche “What a Wonderful World” is intended to fill, Manderfeld said.
“There’s going to be stuff like ‘King of the Road,’ Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong, ‘Good Night Irene’ and ‘You Are My Sunshine’… things that will really take you on a stroll down memory lane. It will be a fun-filled afternoon, filled with laughter and song, from the ‘Golden Age of music.
“The afternoon will be filled with Louis Armstrong and Roger Miller, the evening will be Poison and Motley Crue,” he added. “Both of these shows will be very different from anything we’ve done here (at the Holmes Theatre) before.”
Tickets are $30 for “What a Wonderful World” at 2 p.m. and $50 for Deuces Wild at 7:30 p.m., and can be purchased online at www.dlccc.org, by calling 218-844-7469 or visiting the Box Office at 806 Summit Ave.
For those who would like a preview of either or both shows, please visit the performers’ website, wildpianos.com, to take a look at the promotional videos as well as biographies, photo galleries and more.