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Auditions this week for dinner theater at Holmes

When the Historic Holmes Theatre and Playhouse 412 decided to join forces this past March, it was with the aim of having the theater eventually branch out into creating its own theatrical productions.

A theater advisory group was formed to help guide the theater through the process of creating its own production arm.

Six months later, that process is just about ready to reach fruition. This Sunday and Monday, Aug. 19-20, the theater will be conducting public auditions for its first dinner theater production, "Full Moon Macabre."

The production, which is actually a series of Halloween-themed theatrical vignettes, will be presented Oct. 27-28 in the Holmes Theatre Ballroom.

The theme is the brainchild of co-directors Rick Kratzke and Lorraine Bahr. Many of the production's comedic scenes come from the script for Danse Macabre by L. Don Swartz, while others take their cue from literary classics such as Edgar Allan Poe's short stories, The Raven and The Tell Tale Heart. According to Bahr, there is even a recreation of the "witches' scene" from William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

"The cast will be a company of seven actors, who will cover all the characters -- so everyone will be playing more than one role," Bahr says.

In conjunction with the production, Kratzke and Bahr will also be giving an acting workshop this coming week, Aug. 27-31, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. nightly.

Class size is limited, so call now at 218-841-0497 and sign up.

All actors cast in the production will be able to take the workshop free of charge; members of the public will also be invited to participate, at a cost of $80 for all five nights.

The workshop, which will cover the basics of acting, is open to anyone age 16 and up.

Watch for more info on the Historic Holmes Theatre's spring and summer productions, coming soon. If you are interested in acting, directing, producing or being a part of the theater's tech crew, call Theatre Administrator Amy Stearns at 218-844-4221 Ext. 104.

Tickets for "Full Moon Macabre" are now on sale at the Historic Holmes Theatre, and include dinner as well as a Halloween party for the kids in the DLCCC Fitness and Aquatics Center.

Wear your costume for a chance to win your money back. The best dressed attendee will get their ticket and meal free!

For more information, call 218-841-0497 or visit

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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