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Holmes season tickets now on sale

The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes is proud to present its 2008-09 season.

Theatre Director Amy Stearns says she's particularly excited about the shows planned for this year, which include some returning groups that are coming back by popular demand, as well as some fresh, new faces.

"We're excited to present an eclectic mix of artists, series and events that we hope will entertain, move and perhaps inspire the people of our region," she says.

This year, the Historic Holmes Theatre is offering a variety of season ticket options, including the "Showcase Series," "The Edge," and "The Works." Patrons can save anywhere from 10-25 percent with these season ticket packages.

Stearns says this is a great option for individuals who want a planned night out, as well as businesses who want to reward employees and clients.

The Create Your Own Ticket Card is a new option for those who need more flexibility. Purchasers can save 10 percent on a $100 card and 20 percent on a $200 card.

The Holmes is also working with area restaurants to offer its new "Partner Pass." Participating restaurants are offering discounts such as "buy one entrée, get one entrée for half off," exclusively to Holmes season ticket holders.

The Holmes is encouraging theatergoers to look at attending a show as an experience.

"We want a night at the Holmes to be about more than just plopping down in a seat and watching a great show," says Stearns. "It's about a total experience."

In addition to the Partner Pass, the theatre has planned several pre-parties where people can come early for an appetizer and a drink and additional social time, activities, exhibits, entertainment and more. There will also be an after-party following each Edge show, where patrons can show their ticket stub for a free drink.

"We hope that people will see the value in staying closer to home for their entertainment," says Stearns. "The offerings at the Historic Holmes Theatre are comparable to what you might see in Fargo or the Twin Cities, and you can easily pay for the whole family to go with the money you save in gas!"

Season tickets went on sale Monday, Aug. 4 at the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office. Tickets for individual shows will be available starting Monday, Aug. 25.

Showcase series

The "Showcase Series," which Stearns describes as "a classic mix of national and international performing artists" is made up of eight shows.

The series and the season kicks off with the laugh-packed one-man stage show "A Fine and Pleasant Misery: The Comedy of Patrick F. McManus," on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. McManus is known for his books and columns in "Field and Stream" and "Outdoor Life" and has been called "a cross between Mark Twain and Bill Cosby." Actor Tim Behrens will weave McManus' tales of growing up in rural America into a truly hilarious evening of childhood memories.

The season continues with Celtic singer, Cathie Ryan, and her band on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.. Ryan was formerly the lead singer for the acclaimed group "Cherish the Ladies," and has distinguished herself as an original and distinctive voice in Celtic music.

The musical comedy sensation "Church Basement Ladies" comes to the Holmes on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. This Lutheran spoof features four women as they cook, converse and, of course, create lots of laughs in their rural Minnesota church basement.

John Berry makes his return to Detroit Lakes on Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. His Christmas show will feature beautiful renditions of classics like "O Holy Night," as well as some of his well-known country hits.

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra will perform a special concert called "Musical Hors D'Oeurves" on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. All pieces in the musical program are drawn from dance themes and rhythms.

One of the most successful touring shows in the nation, "Spencer's Theatre of Illusion," will make a stop at the Holmes Theatre on Friday, March 13. The Spencers are known for taking the age-old art of magic and combining it with the cutting-edge effects, movement, lights and stage magic of the 21st century.

The Commonweal Theatre out of Lanesboro, Minn., will bring a classic world drama to Detroit Lakes on Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. "Hedda Gabler" was written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Commonweal is the only theatre company in North America with a commitment to annually producing the works of Ibsen.

"Simply Sinatra," featuring nationally prominent vocalist Steve Lippia, will round out the Showcase Series on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Lippia's show is a glamorous evening of jazz, swing and Sinatra-style big band sound.

Ticket purchasers can save 20 percent on the Showcase Series. The series price is $148 for adults and $74 for students.

The Edge

The theatre's newest performance series, "The Edge," is made up of three contemporary musical acts.

"These are the type of hip, yet musically rich, shows that you would expect to see in a trendy downtown establishment in Minneapolis or any other big city," Stearns says. "We've been thinking about this series for quite some time, and we hope people will really embrace it as something new and different in the area."

Twin Cities singer/songwriter Tim Mahoney kicks off the all-new series on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Mahoney's catchy pop/rock sound, bittersweet lyrics and comfortably raspy voice have gotten him compared to music legends like Bryan Adams, Matchbox 20 and Howie Day.

A capella vocal band, InPulse, will use only their