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New season at Holmes Theatre

With the new school year now underway in Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area, things have also started heating up at the Historic Holmes Theatre.

The four-year-old entertainment complex officially kicks off its 2006-07 season on Saturday, Sept. 23, with a return engagement by the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats at 7:30 p.m.

"We have a little bit of history behind us now, so we're bringing back some favorites this year," said theater administrator Amy Stoller Stearns.

In addition to the Golden Dragon Acrobats, the New York Theatre Ballet will also be making a second visit to DL on Sunday, Nov. 12, with a 3 p.m. matinee performance of "He Loves, She Loves: A Radio Reverie."

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony will also be returning to Detroit Lakes on Sunday, Oct. 8, for a 2 p.m. matinee performance of its "Pizza Pops" concert, which will also include a 12:30 p.m. pizza lunch.

"Late Nite Catechism 2," the sequel to the popular comedy show that was presented at the Holmes a couple of years ago, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.

But there are plenty of new shows and entertainers on the bill, including a May 6, 2007 appearance by the 1970s rock icons, America, which will be the finale to the season.

Other shows will include:

n Comedy Combo: Jeff Gerbino, Oct. 26, and Scott Novotny, Jan. 11.

n Christine Lavin, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

n Michelle Wright Holiday Show, Dec. 1.

n Groovelily's "Striking 12," Feb. 1.

n Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, Feb. 15.

n The Kingston Trio, March 25.

n The Bills, April 12.

n Beyond Ballroom, May 10.

The Comedy Combo and the May 6 concert by America are not included in the regular season package, Stearns noted; those tickets will be sold separately.

Discount prices will be offered for those purchasing season ticket packages.

"The more you buy, the more you save," Stearns said.

Tickets for "The Works," or all 11 regular season shows, will be offered at a 20 percent discount. However, for those who aren't sure they will be able to attend all the shows this season, there is a "create your own combo" package available.

If you purchase tickets to 5 shows, you save 5 percent; 6-9 shows, 10 percent; and 10 shows, 15 percent. As always, student tickets will be offered at half price, she added.

Stearns also noted that there is one new feature being offered this year: Online ticketing.

"We will have online ticketing this year, using Paypal," she said, adding that Paypal provides an extra level of security and simplicity to the process.

"We received a grant from the University of Minnesota Extension Service specifically for online ticketing," she added. "People will now be able to order tickets through our Web site (

"We're very excited -- it's difficult to staff our box office during the times when most people want to buy tickets (i.e., at night or during weekends)," she noted. "Now people can go to the Web site at any time."

The site will also offer links to the artists' official Web sites, which have video and audio clips, photos, biographical information and more.

Stearns also noted that the theater would be offering four different children's shows this year. Each of the shows will be open to area schools at a rate of $2 per child, and $4 per child for the general public. There will be two performance s of each show, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The children's shows on this season's calendar include:

n "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," Tuesday, Sept. 26;

n "Junie B Jones," Friday, Feb. 2, 2007;

n "Let's Go Science," Friday, Feb. 23, 2007.

n "Wetland Adventures," Friday, April 20, 2007.

And that's not all. The theater is also in the midst of planning some activities for a Folk Music History Month celebration, in conjunction with the Kingston Trio's appearance in Detroit Lakes on March 25.

Many of the artists on this year's schedule will be available to students for phone interviews and meet and greet opportunities, and Stearns also said the theater will be offering some student internships this year. Teacher study guides are also being offered for some shows this year as well; teachers can access the guides at the community center Web site.

The theater's ongoing Thursday Night Cabaret and Sunday Recital Series, which focus on local talent, will also continue this year, Stearns noted.

For more information, contact the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-SHOW (7469) or visit the Web site,

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.

(218) 844-1454