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ABA tribune band Arrival. Submitted Photo1 / 4
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One of the upcoming shows on the agenda for this season at Historic Holmes Theatre is Mason Jennings. Submitted Photo3 / 4
Indonesian song and dance troupe Cudamani will perform in October. Submitted Photo4 / 4

Tickets go on sale this Tuesday, Sept. 4, for all 25 shows included in the 2012-13 season at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theater.

That season includes 14 main stage shows, four children's shows and a handful of other special events including a new classical music series.

"From world groups to dance to community theater to kids' shows ... there's definitely a lot to choose from," said Viva Klundt, the theater's marketing coordinator.

"There's just a huge variety," added Amy Stoller Stearns, executive director. "Every year we try to have a diverse season, but especially this year."

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the theater's continued participation in the Arts Midwest World Fest, which will bring two more internationally renowned performing arts groups to Detroit Lakes over the next seven months.

"They (the two World Fest tours) kind of bookend our season," Stearns said.

The first World Fest act will visit the community during the first week in October.

Cudamani, an Indonesian song and dance troupe that hails from Pengosekan, Bali, will be spending the entire first week of October in Detroit Lakes, culminating in a Thursday, Oct. 4 live show on the Holmes Theatre's main stage.

Then in April, the second World Fest tour makes its way to the community. Tarim, another song and dance troupe from western China, will spend the last week of April in Detroit Lakes, culminating in a Friday, April 27 show at the theater.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to see these groups, who spend a whole week here sharing their music and culture with us," Stearns said, noting that participation in the World Fest program allows the Holmes Theatre to truly live up to its motto, "Step inside and see the world."

"We've built our season around them," said Stearns. "In between them, we have everything else -- including two shows by our local theater group, Summit Productions."

The first Summit Productions show, "The Mystery of Irma Vep," has already been cast, Klundt said, and will be presented in two shows on Oct. 25-26. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.

For the opening night of hunting weekend, it's time to dig those bellbottoms and platform shoes out of the closet and channel your inner "Dancing Queen," as the Swedish tribute band Arrival presents "The Music of ABBA" on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

"It'll be an authentic trip back to the 70s," Klundt said.

Also in November, the Caravan du Nord will make its second annual stop in Detroit Lakes, bringing some of Minnesota's best music right to our doorstep -- at a cost of just $5 per ticket.

This year's lineup includes Mason Jennings along with two other acts with direct ties to the community: Detroit Lakes High School graduate Caroline Smith and her band the Good Night Sleeps, and Hardwood Groove, who are regular performers on the local music scene.

The Caravan du Nord show is set to take place on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. -- directly following the opening of the Holmes Art Show, which runs Nov. 15-17 in the Holmes Theatre Ballroom.

The theater will host a special art show kickoff party on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom, and the art show will also be open from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Following Saturday's art show, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band will present a free concert on the theater's main stage starting at 4 p.m.

The community band will also kick off the theater's holiday season with a Sunday, Dec. 9 concert, starting at 4 p.m.

Three more main stage shows will be presented at the theater during the holiday season, including "Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas," on Friday, Nov. 30; the musical theater presentation "At Christmas" on Thursday, Dec. 13; and last but not least, the return of the enduringly popular "Rock & Roll Christmas Spectacular" (RRXS) on Thursday, Dec. 20.

"They (RRXS) mix it up every year," Klundt said. "It's not at all the same show -- and it's very interactive too."

The theater will go dark for a couple of weeks over the holiday break, then start off its 2013 lineup with a bang, as the "Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos" show returns to Detroit Lakes on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The James Sewell Ballet will also be making a return visit to Detroit Lakes for a three-day dance residency in January, culminating in a Thursday, Jan. 31 presentation of the ballet "Winter Tales" at 7:30 p.m.

In February, Grammy Award-winning Creole artist Terrance Simien will bring his band The Zydeco Experience to Detroit Lakes for two shows on Thursday, Feb. 21. The first will be a "Creole for Kids" show at 10 a.m., and the second, an all ages show at 7:30 p.m.

In March, Summit Productions will present its second community theater production of the season, Woody Allen's "Play It Again Sam," with auditions to be held in late fall/early winter. Two shows are planned, on March 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.

A week later, the Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre company stops in Detroit Lakes for a show on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

"It's truly dance and theater -- they incorporate a lot of theatrical elements into their dancing," said Klundt.

The group will also be doing a weeklong artist residency as part of their Detroit Lakes visit, Stearns said.

In April, Patrick Dewane, the grandson of a World War II hero, will tell his grandfather's story in the multimedia theatrical presentation "The Accidental Hero" on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Dewane has presented his show in Detroit Lakes before, on a smaller scale, but Stearns said she found the presentation so moving that she thought it deserved a wider audience.

"It's such a powerful and wonderful show," she said.

The Lakes Area Community Concert Band will present its third and final concert of the season on Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m., and the season officially ends with the World Fest visit by Tarim.

Discovery Series

Four children's shows are also planned during the course of the 2012-13 season, Stearns noted.

They include 'Rock the Presidents" on Tuesday, Oct. 9; "Creole for Kids" on Thursday, Feb. 21; the musical "Junie B. Jones" on Monday, March 25; and the mock courtroom drama, "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" -- told from the wolf's perspective -- on Wednesday, April 10.

Tickets for all Discovery Series shows are $8 for adults, and $4 for children. (This is not part of the season ticket package.)

Classical Music Series

New this year is a series of classical music concerts set to make their debut in the spring.

Various ensembles from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra will travel to Detroit Lakes to present everything from cutting edge 21st century music to traditional Trinidadian calypso, and classical music presented by the best horns in the house.

The concerts are all set for Tuesday evenings, Feb. 12, March 19 and April 30. Each show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10. (This is not part of the season ticket package.)

Ticket packages

Though individual tickets will be on sale for every show this season, the best way to get maximum value for your money is a season ticket -- or one of two new ticket packages being made available this year.

The first is a Culture Pass, where for $20 per month, theater patrons can get one ticket to every show produced by the Holmes Theater during the season, as well as to all its summer shows.

The second is a ticket card, which comes in $100 or $200 formats. For every $100 ticket card purchased, patrons will get $110 to spend on upcoming shows, and for every $200 card purchased, they will get $220. These cards can be used to purchase tickets to any upcoming show.

And of course, there's still the standard season ticket package, known as "The Works," which will buy your choice of seats for any of the 14 main stage shows at the theater this season, at $200 for adults or $100 for students.

For more information, please contact the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469, or visit the website,

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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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