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Pioneer Previews: Pinocchio takes center stage

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The eagerly awaited production of Disney's "My Son Pinocchio -- Geppetto's Musical Tale" will open this week as a collaboration between Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and will be on stage at the historic Chief Theater.

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Audiences will be transported to the Italian city of Florence and hear the Blue Fairy and her fairies in training singing "When You Wish Upon a Star" near Geppetto's Toy Shop. Geppetto is sad because Pinocchio has not turned out to be the son he expected and he asks the Blue Fairy to take him back. She is enraged at the request and orders a look back in time — done through a series of flashbacks — showing Pinocchio's first day of school, running away to Stomboli's circus, being swallowed by a whale and his eventual return to Geppetto. On the Land of Idyllia, we meet Professor Buonragazzo (Lee Richards) and his Presto-Matico machine that makes perfect children. Stromboli (Jeffrey Roy Willis) and his side kick puppet Strombini take over on Pleasure Island; and that's enough of the sneak previews of the magical surprises executed by Dwayne Johnson and his crew for the extravagant family shows expected by local Bemidji audiences.

Don't be left out, as tickets are selling quickly especially for the two matinees at 2 p.m. on March 30 and April 6. The 7:30 p.m. performances will begin this coming Friday and Saturday with additional performances April 4-5. Tickets are on sale at Iverson Corner Drug, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry and Shannon's Art and Soul. General admission tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults.

Monday

Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will be holding open auditions for the Summer 2014 season from 4 to 6 p.m. No experience necessary for stage and backstage positions; minimum age is 15.

Tuesday

• The spring lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues with Russell Lee, retired professor of psychology at BSU, who will speak on "Stress Management: Handling Critical Incidents." Note: this is a change from the original speaker. The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program, which run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Roger Spriy Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Dr. NW. ALL is self-supporting and depends upon the generosity of members; please see membership forms at each presentation.

• The spring lecture series of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning continues with John Hitchcock's exploration that will take us back 85,000 years and reviews evidence on human interrelatedness in "Migration Out of Africa." The sessions are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Northwood Bank Community Room, Northwood Bank, Highway 24 at County Road 6, Park Rapids. A freewill donation is appreciated. You are invited to become a Friend of the HCLL and get a tax-deductible donation to help advance learning in retirement.

• Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will be holding open auditions for the Summer 2014 season from 4 to 6 p.m. No experience necessary for stage and backstage positions; minimum age is 15.

• Bagley Community Theater will be holding auditions for "The Sound of Music" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bagley High School Auditorium with director Marilyn Hood and assistant Nila Bassett. All roles are open and seven children are needed: five girls from ages 6 to 18 and two boys from ages 10 to 16. These will be open-house auditions, and if interested in a role, bring a two- to three-minute monologue and a song of your choosing. An accompanist will be available and you may be asked to sing a portion of one the songs from the show. Rehearsals will begin April 28. The production will run as part of the Bagley All-School Reunion activities on July 2-6.

Wednesday

Bagley Community Theater will be holding auditions for "The Sound of Music" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bagley High School Auditorium with director Marilyn Hood and assistant Nila Bassett.

Thursday

• The second Gardening 101 lecture series continues with "Butterfly Gardening Can be Simple" with Master Gardener Brenca Finkenbinder at noon in the front meeting room of the Bemidji Library. It is free to the public; bring a brown bag lunch and beverages will be provided.

• Bagley Community Theater will be holding auditions for "The Sound of Music" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bagley High School Auditorium with director Marilyn Hood and assistant Nila Bassett.

• Shannon Wettstein (former piano instructor at BSU) and flutist Elizabeth McNutt performing as Calliope Duo will perform a program of Mexican composers. They will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Thompson Recital Hall at Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

Friday

• Disney's "My Son Pinocchio — Geppetto's Musical Tale" at 7:30 p.m. in the Chief Theater.

• Northern Light Opera Co. presents "The Apothecary," a comic opera by Joseph Haydn at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square, Second Street and U.S. Highway 71 S, Park Rapids. Advance tickets at Beagle Books and northernlightopera.org. or call 237-0400 and (866) 766-7372. All tickets are $15.

• Trampled by Turtles will perform at 8 p.m. at the Sanford Center ballroom. Trampled by Turtles was formed in Duluth in 2003 and employs many of the same traditional techniques of the bluegrass genre. The Lowest Pair will also perform. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at jadepresents.com, Sanford Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Saturday

• Local songwriter, singer and guitarist Shannon Murray will perform at 4 p.m. in the main reading room of the Bemidji Reading Room. Her performance "People's Music: Songs for the Industrial Workers of the World" will feature some of her original music, as well as music of the era. Murray will share her research on the International Works of the World organization, the Wobblies, Joe Hill, the Everett Massacre and some general history of the time, and how music was used by the IWW as an organizing tool within the labor movement. The performance is free and open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

• Disney's "My Son Pinocchio — Geppetto's Musical Tale" at 7:30 p.m. in the Chief Theater.

• Northern Light Opera Co. presents "The Apothecary," a comic opera by Joseph Haydn at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square, Second Street and U.S. Highway 71 S, Park Rapids. Advance tickets at Beagle Books and northernlightopera.org. or call 237-0400 and (866) 766-7372. All tickets are $15.

Art installations

Art installations can be found at watermarkartcenter.org in the pull-down "First Friday Art Walk."

Upcoming events

• The hip hop artist Yelawolf will perform April 2 at the Sanford Center ballroom starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m). Yelawolf recently signed with Eminem's record label, Shady Records. The show is all ages, advance tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for students with valid ID. On the day of the show: $30 for general admission and $25 for students with valid ID.

• Workshop with Erin Lynn Marsh -- Poetry As Departure: an interactive workshop about being inspired by poems to write our own poems. The purpose of this workshop is to show both beginning and advanced poets how to use their favorite poems as a point of departure for writing their own poems. Participants will look at samples of well-known poets who have written poems based on other poets' work, as well as discuss different methods of writing poems using other poems as inspiration. The workshop is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Call 444-5606 to register. Cost is $40.

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