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Submitted photo Conductor Scott Guidry leads the Bemidji Area Community Band through a rehearsal for its July 6 concert. One of the selections to be performed, “Cousins” by Herbert L. Clarke will feature a duet by Glenn Seibel on euphonium (left) and Kyle Riess on trumpet (right). All of the music will be from U.S. composers.

Pioneer Previews: New play will cast a ‘Spell’

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A new play opens at the Chief this Wednesday — “The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

It’s a musical comedy where adults play the characters of quirky teens who freely deliver double entendre, hilarious dialogue and lots of caring. All the cast is embroiled in the organized chaos of a spelling bee under the supervision of the hapless vice-principal played by Paul Reyburn. Yes, both Reyburns are here this season, Suzanne is the musical director for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse show. She was last here to musically direct the “Full Monty,” a show that was over the top and warmly welcomed by Bemidjians. This show is a bit risqué so probably youngsters younger than 13 would not be the target audience unless the parents are prepared to do a lot of explaining. Whatever you choose to do with the children, make sure you get to see this comedy.

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Wednesday

• The Bemidji Area Church Musicians have invited the Bemidji High School Brass Quartet for its concert this week. Take an hour off to relax and enjoy these young musicians at noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 501 Minnesota Ave. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the music scholarships awarded each year to a freshman/sophomore college student majoring in music. The concert is from noon to 12:30 p.m. to be followed by a lunch for a nominal fee.

• The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents “The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical comedy opening at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., $12 for students and they can be purchased online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or at the box office, (218) 751-7270.

Thursday

• Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will host an installation of stained glass artist Garry Dawson’s bold and colorful leaded stained glass creations that function as wall hangings, inserts and room dividers. Meet the artist at the 3 to 5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. There will not be a First Friday wine bar in July.

• Dunn Bros Coffee invites you to their opening reception for Dee Anne Najjar’s “North Country Landscapes” in pastels, oils and mixed media. Meet Dee Anne during the 5 to 7pm. reception when she will present a painting demonstration at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. • The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents “The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical comedy opening at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., $12 for students and they can be purchased online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or at the box office, (218) 751-7270.

• “Tree Party” returns to 2nd Street Stage in Park Rapids all thawed out and ready to go following the release of their third album “Iced Over: Thawing Minnesota’s Local Lure.” 2nd Street Stage continues — rain or shine — from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 21 with free live bands, a beer garden and family activities on Second Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71 (at Armory Square if it rains).

Please bring your own chair.

For more information, go to parkrapidsdowntown.com. This concert is sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Northwoods Bank.

Friday

• Happy Fourth of July!

Saturday

• The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents “The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical comedy opening at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., $12 for students and they can be purchased online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or at the box office, (218) 751-7270.

Sunday, July 6

• The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents “The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical comedy opening at 2 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., $12 for students and they can be purchased online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or at the box office, (218) 751-7270.

• The Bemidji Area Community Band has scheduled its Raphael’s Fourth of July Concert for 7 p.m. July 6 on the lawn south of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex at Bemidji State University. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside Bangsberg.

• The Americana-themed performance will feature music by U.S. composers. Selections will include “Washington Grays,” tunes from “Porgy and Bess,” American sailing songs, and Armed Forces Salute, “Themes Like Old Times” and the “Americans We” march.

• Scott Guidry, associate professor and director of bands at BSU, will make his debut as director of the Community Band. Raphael’s will provide snacks for the audience. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Upcoming events

• Bemidji Symphony Orchestra’s cool sounds of jazz with the Jae Sinnett Trio at 7:30 p.m. on July 19 at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center.

• Northern Light Opera Co.’s production of “Guys and Dolls” at 7 p.m. July 25, 26, 27 and Aug. 1 and 3 p.m. on July 31 and Aug. 2. Tickets (218) 237-400 or (866) 766-7372.

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