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From Nov. 27 through Dec. 23, “A Magical Medora Christmas” brings a family-friendly holiday show that’s “full of spirit, humor and expertly performed music that audiences have grown to expect from Medora,” officials from the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation said in a news release.
The curtain rises on Detroit Lakes High School's fall musical, "Newsies," on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m, with additional evening performances set for Nov. 6, 12 and 13 as well as a Sunday matinee on Nov. 7.
For the first time in two and a half years, community theater is returning to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. The heartwarming comedy-drama "Steel Magnolias" will be presented in three performances on Oct. 28-30, with an all-female cast.
Gaelynn Lea will create the music for a revival of "Macbeth" directed by Sam Gold.

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The Historic Holmes Theatre will be hosting auditions for this summer's theater camp production of "Matilda Jr." on Saturday, May 22 and Monday, May 24. Saturday's auditions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, while Monday's session will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Auditions are open to all area youth in grades 5-12. Also this week: The return of Food Truck Fridays to Detroit Lakes' City Park, and the Festival of Birds runs this Thursday through Saturday.
For Cory Renbarger, center stage has always been second nature. Then things took a “stage left” turn. COVID-19 has been a threat to the performing arts industry as a whole, and locally, it also dimmed the stage lights of in-person student productions. But, as they say, the show must go on. And in this case, it led the Bemidji State University music professor to reimagine what theatre could be.
Though it had originally been planned for last fall, the Detroit Lakes High School musical was postponed until spring due to pandemic restrictions on large group gatherings and activities. "Songs for a New World" will make its long-awaited debut on the George Simson Auditorium stage at Detroit Lakes Middle School this Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m., with additional evening performances on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15, and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 16.
The sighting drew hundreds of ghost hunters to the spot on Second Avenue East and Superior Street in Duluth
Detroit Lakes High School's theatrical adaptation of the Bram Stoker horror classic, "Dracula," will be presented this weekend at the George Simson Auditorium inside Detroit Lakes Middle School. Three performances are set for Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1, with all shows being made available for "live screaming" via the school district's Youtube channel.
In this Year of the Coronavirus, state-imposed pandemic safety restrictions on student activities have prompted Detroit Lakes High School to flip its theatrical schedule and present the annual spring play — which typically has a much smaller cast — in the fall, with the "fall" musical to take place in the spring of 2021.

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As of mid-afternoon on Friday, March 13, the special performance of the touring documentary play "SEVEN," set to take place this Thursday, March 19 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes, has been canceled.
Editor's note: Due to concerns about coronavirus, this event has been canceled.
Though "Mamma Mia," Detroit Lakes Public Schools' annual fall musical, is set in the bright summer sunshine of the Greek Islands, its Oct. 31 premiere date caused the show's production team to add a special "Halloween twist" to the plot, says director Kathy Larson — but to find out what it is, you'll actually have to come see the show, as they're keeping the details under wraps until opening night. (Hint: There are some ghostly brides and nightmarish monsters involved.)

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