Stage West gears up for summer with upcoming performance

"Love, Loss and What I Wore" starts Thursday.

Stage West, an artistic company produced the musical, "Rock of Ages" at the Essentia Health Plaza the Lights in July. Wendy Reuer/Pioneer

WEST FARGO — Stage West, West Fargo's performance group, will debut its summer programming this week when "Love, Loss and What I Wore" starts Thursday.

Five performances are planned, starting at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12, followed by 7:30 performances May 13, May 14, May 20 and May 21at West Fargo’s Thunder Coffee.

"Love, Loss and What I Wore" is a collection of personal stories by superstar sisters Nora Ephron, known for "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Heartburn," and Delia Ephron, creater of "You’ve Got Mail" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."

The performance is based on the best-selling book by Illene Beckerman. The play illuminates women, clothing, and the memories that are indelibly connected to what we wear. Five actresses of all ages sit side-by-side with script in-hand, deftly guiding the audience through an evening of laughter, nostalgia and, of course, fashion. They touch on virtually everything – from their first Brownie dress to their first prom dress, from bathrobes to bras, from shoes to boots to skirts, and the value of anything black.

The show raises serious themes while also capturing the humor of life.


Stage West’s production will star Mitzi Trooien, Benita LeBlanc, Aimee Klein, Brenda Jo Gillund, and Emily
Engebretson. It is directed by Toni Gredesky with assistance from Brenna Lahren.

The production is hosted at Thunder Coffee, 300 Sheyenne St #190. Doors will open at 6:45 each evening.
Attendees are invited to come early to enjoy coffee creations, wine, or a cocktail prior to the performance.

Tickets are available online at or at the door starting 30 minutes before each performance. Seating is limited to only 40 people per show.

Stage West is the artistic producing arm of West Fargo Events. It was founded in 2021 to celebrate local artists and arts patrons through live performance, education, and cultural experiences that serve and connect the community.

Following this month's performance, Stage West is also planning:

"Pump Boys and Dinettes," June 14-15, 19-20, & 22-23 at the POW/MIA Plaza.
"Legally Blonde, the Musical," July 29-31 and Aug. 2-4 at The Lights.
"Murd-Arr! Pirates of the Saltry Dog," Oct. 13-15 at the Speedway Event Center.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Dec. 2-4, 9-11, and 15-17 at Bonanzaville.

Readers can reach West Fargo editor Wendy Reuer at or 701-241-5530 . Follow her on Twitter @ForumWendy .

Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum.
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