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Music, comedy acts set for Holmes

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2007-08 "Showcase Series" at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.

At a special "sneak peek" luncheon Thursday, theater director Amy Stearns and marketing coordinator Kesley Myhre unveiled a schedule that includes a mix of regional and national touring acts.

Stearns noted that she was very excited about the upcoming season, saying, "I think it's a great mix of entertainment, and there's definitely something for everyone this year."

The 2007-08 "Showcase Series" includes:

n The musical "Songs from the Tall Grass," Saturday, Sept. 15;

n The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Friday, Oct. 5;

n The Watoto Children's Choir (from Uganda), Tuesday, Oct. 16;

n Comediennes "The Southern Fried Chicks," Friday, Nov. 2;

n The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and Soloists presenting "Viennese Christmas," Sunday, Dec. 9;

n "Deuces Wild" Dueling Pianos, Thursday, Jan. 17;

n Greek guitarist Pavlo, Thursday, Jan. 31;

n The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra "Pizza Pops" Concert, Sunday, Feb. 10;

n America's favorite cowboy band, Riders in the Sky, Saturday, March 29;

n Artist in residence John McAndrew, March 30-April 5;

n And last but not least, the Tweaksters present "fabulous feats of physical fun" on Friday, April 18.

Also unveiled at Thursday's sneak peek was the "Discovery Series," which includes shows tailored to children and families, such as daytime school performances of the musical, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," Oct. 12; "The Adventures of Frog and Toad," Dec. 10; "Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major," March 11; and the Tweaksters (who will be doing a total of two school daytime performances, one evening public performance and two family fitness workshops).

The Historic Holmes Theatre will also present a series called "Community Connections," which includes a variety of shows and events by local groups. There will be "Holmes Dance Nights" in the Holmes Ballroom (October-April), Sunday recitals (October-March), the annual Holmes Art Show (Nov. 17-18) and Thursday Cabaret Nights featuring local talent (November-March) -- and that's just the beginning.

The Holmes Theatre's newly formed production company -- created this spring through a merger with the local community theater group Playhouse 412 -- will debut its first show on Oct. 27-28 with a dinner theater-type event. A second production is planned for March of next year.

Partnering with Native Harvest, the theater will offer two unique dinner opportunities:

n A mini-film festival featuring the best of Native American film shorts, beginning with a "slow food" dinner catered by Native Harvest, Oct. 11-13;

n A concert by folk musician Annie Humphrey, also featuring a catered Native Harvest dinner, during Polar Fest week in February.

The Lakes Area Community Concert Band will be offering three concerts at the Holmes Theatre during the 2007-08 season, in November, December and April. They will play everything from Christmas favorites to classic marches.

The Historic Holmes Theatre opened in May 2002. In its first five years, Stearns noted, the facility has hosted more than 74,000 audience members, 200 local, regional, national and international performances as well as 30 free shows.

Last year alone, more than 17,000 people attended the theater's main stage shows, and more than 7,000 area students attended its daytime school performances.

"Showcase Series" season tickets can be purchased by calling the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-SHOW. See all 11 shows in the series for only $160 -- a 20 percent reduction from the individual ticket price.

Individual show tickets for the "Showcase Series," as well as tickets for the "Discovery Series" and "Community Connections" shows, will go on sale Aug. 15.

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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