We’re halfway through the summer, but the summer theater season is just getting started.
Trollwood Performing Arts School opened last week, and as it runs for the next two weeks it will have plenty of company on area stages. This week alone four new shows open.
Here’s a quick look at what’s coming to local stages.
“Beauty and the Beast”
When: 7 pm., Tuesday - Saturday and 1 p.m., Sunday
Where: Horizon Middle School, Moorhead
Info: Tickets from $10 - $18, http://gooseberryparkplayers.org/
This may be Ryan Scoble’s first show with Gooseberry Park Players, but it’s a show he’s very familiar with as he grew up watching the animated Disney version
“I’ve loved it ever since,” says the managing artistic director, adding that his favorite songs are “No Matter What” and “Human Again.”
Disney has a special place for him as his great grandfather was an animator for the studio.
He was excited to get involved with the production, his first show before a live audience since before the pandemic shut down.
“It’s a pretty massive musical. That challenge of being the first show back is pretty exciting,” he says.
“All Shook Up”
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday - Saturday, 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Where: Tak Music Venue, Dilworth
Info: Tickets from $15 - $25, https://fmct.org
For its first show back in front of a live audience, the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre wanted a big production with popular songs that could get lots of people involved.
“We definitely wanted to include everyone of all ages and diversity opportunities,” says Judy Lewis, FMCT’s executive director.
She says many of the young performers, some middle-schoolers, are excited about Elvis.
The jukebox musical uses The King’s music to tell the story of a roustabout who wakes up a sad little town.
“Everything he touches has a little color. He brings joy and music back to their lives,” Lewis says.
“Rock of Ages”
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday - Monday, July 28 and 29
Where: The Lights in West Fargo.
Info: Tickets from $15 - $28, https://www.westfargoevents.com
West Fargo’s The Lights has put together a strong concert series this summer, but the outdoor venue wants to branch out a little more, including hosting this popular jukebox musical.
“It’s a real focus to bring arts and culture to West Fargo,” says director Adam Pankow.
The show features mostly college-aged performers, and is intended for mature audiences, but Pankow says the mix of popular songs from the 1980s, like “Sister Christian,” “Here I Go Again” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” will attract a crowd.
“‘Rock of Ages’ has been on a shortlist of mine,” he says. “It’s fast and funny and the music of the 1980s is so rocking. It’s a perfect mix for theater-goers and people who more often go to concerts.”
“Shrek: The Musical”
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Monday, July 27, 28 and 30
Where: Sheyenne High School, West Fargo
Info: Tickets from $10 - $15, https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32415
West Fargo will have plenty of songs to sing this next week with not just “Rock of Ages,” but also “Shrek: The Musical” taking the stage at Sheyenne High School. The Summer Arts Intensive program delivers the gruff but lovable ogre, who must save some fairytale friends and win the affection of Princess Fiona.