Mouse River Players Community Theatre will have auditions for "Roger Maris On Stage" by Edward Nunes-Vaz, and "Rounding Third and Heading for Home" by Minot author Ryan Haider. Both need males, high-school age and older. Auditions will be Aug. 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Arlene Saugstad Theater, downtown Minot, 115-1st St. SE.
"Roger Maris on Stage" explores the 1961 season of Roger Maris. Haider's play presents a series of monologues celebrating America's national pastime, baseball.
The Maris play is presented as it is the 50th anniversary of North Dakota's own Roger Maris' breaking of Babe Ruth's home run record. The two shows will be performed Oct. 6-9 in the Arlene Saugstad Theater.
Holly Eidsness and Nancy Pearson will direct "Roger Maris On Stage" and Haider will direct his own play. It was his master's thesis but he is reworking it for the Mouse River Players production.
Medora events to offer relief to flood victims
MEDORA The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation wants to lift the spirits of North Dakotans across the state who have been battling flood issues this year by giving away free tickets to the Medora Musical and donating proceeds from the upcoming Wade Westin Music Fest to the North Dakota 2011 Flood Relief.
"It has been a difficult summer for many people in the state," said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. "We decided that dedicating the Music Fest proceeds to help with flood relief and inviting those who have been most impacted by the floods to be our guests at the Medora Musical are ways that we can help. We look forward to serving these people and giving them a first class show."
Families and individuals impacted by this year's flood can receive complimentary tickets to one of eight selected performances of the Medora Musical, set in the Burning Hills Amphitheater. The selected dates are: Aug. 24-25, Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 5-8.
Each household can receive two complimentary adult tickets. All students in the household are free. Those impacted by the flood include people displaced from their home due to flooding, people who helped their neighbors protect homes from flooding or are helping clean damaged areas post-flood.
To inquire about free tickets for flood-impacted guests, call (800) 633-6721, and ask for tickets under the 2011 FLOOD BLOCK CODE.
The third annual Wade Westin Music Fest will be held at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre on Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Mountain Time. This event is held in honor and memory of Wade Westin, who was a Burning Hills Singer and host of the Medora Musical during seven seasons.
The concert features cast and band members of the Medora Musical and other North Dakota musicians and bands, including the University of Mary Steel Drum Band and Shepherds of Harmony from Bismarck's Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Admission is free for the concert, and Hatzenbuhler says the goal is to fill the theater.
"Wade loved to showcase North Dakota talent and help others," Hatzenbuhler said. "This event is a highlight of our summer season and a legacy event for our friend and co-worker who we enjoyed so much."
Since it first started, proceeds from the Music Fest have been donated. "We've had a good tradition of 'passing the hat' during the concert and putting the proceeds to good use. The first year, all proceeds were put into a college fund for Wade's young children. Last year, proceeds were used to place a plaque in memory of him. And this year, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation will gift the proceeds from the Music Fest to the North Dakota 2011 Flood Relief Fund."
For more information about the Wade Westin Music Fest and the complimentary Medora Musical tickets for North Dakotans affected by this year's flooding, please call (800) 633-6721 or visit (www.medora.com).
The North Dakota 2011 Flood Relief Fund was established by the North Dakota Community Foundation at the request of Gov. Jack Dalrymple. It serves as an efficient, coordinated vehicle for those wishing to assist with flood relief efforts across the state. More information can be found at (www.ndcf.net/flood/).
Sibyl Center presents 'Marlene and Friends'
STANLEY Pianist, Stanley native, and co-artistic director for the Sibyl Center Marlene Jensen Hoirup will present her annual summer program, "Marlene and Friends," in the Sibyl Center Sunday at 3 p.m.
Hoirup will be joined by guest musicians including her husband, Don Hoirup, baritone. The program will include classical and popular numbers from several eras.
A graduate of Northwestern University and the Juilliard School of Music, New York City, Marlene Hoirup completed post-graduate studies at the Hochschule fur Musik, Frankfurt, Germany. She is currently on the faculty at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, as well as organist at the Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Winston-Salem.
Following the program there will be a community potluck.
Samples of Marlene's music can be heard online at (http:// bit.ly/oygn9f)
Admission is by freewill offering, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.