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Saarens Productions has announced the schedule of events for the 2011-2012 season at the Wild Rose Theater (Masonic Building), located at 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

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E "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl, Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, 15 and 17, and 2 p.m. on Oct. 16.

The play shows that the messes and disappointments of life are as much a part of its beauty as romantic love and chocolate ice cream.

E "Murder at the Howard Johnson's" by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, Saarens Productions, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 12 and 14, and 2 p.m. Nov. 13.

In this comedic romp, a screwball triangle of lovers takes the "she/he loves me, he/she loves me not" game to its wildest conclusion.

E "Ruby Lips Above the Water" by Steve Saari, Saarens Productions, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 28 and 30, and 2 p.m. Jan. 29.

This is the story of Ruby, a developmentally disabled young woman living in a small Minnesota town, and the nurturing mother figures who surround her and witness her struggles on the path to uncertain self-discovery.

E "Shirley Valentine" by Willy Russell, Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective. Cate Belleveau performs in this groundbreaking one-woman show. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m. Feb. 18; and dinner at 12:30 p.m., show at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Location to be announced.

E "Monkey Business" by Todd Mueller, Hank Boland and Gregg Opelka, Saarens Productions. Join the fun-loving monks of St. Bernard's as they try to save their beloved monastery with a mayhem-ridden radiothon.

Dinner theater dates are March 8-10, with times and location to be announced.

E 2nd annual Fathom Film Festival, Saarens Productions, 7 p.m., Apr. 20 and 21.

Celebrate the talents of local, regional and national filmmakers, writers, and actors. Audience members from the First Friday Indie Films will choose which movies make it to the festival.

E "Tomfoolery" by Tom Lehrer, Saarens Productions, 7:30 p.m. June 14, 16 and 18 and 2 p.m. June 17.

This is a comedic musical revue featuring many Lehrer favorites and a Gilbert and Sullivan-like recitation of the Table of Elements. Rediscover the man and songs that have delighted and skewered the world for more than forty years.

E "Totally Necessary Men" by Steve Saari, Saarens Productions, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 25 and 27 and 2 p.m. Aug. 26.

This is a tenth anniversary revival of the sold-out comedy last seen at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Join odd-man-out Graham and the other lunatics in this off-the-wall frenetic farce featuring liberal doses of slapstick and verbal acrobats galore.

Season brochures are available at Fleur de Lis Gallery or at http://saarens.wordpress.com.

For details, call 556-1777 or 751-9146.

Saarens Productions has announced the schedule of events for the 2011-2012 season at the Wild Rose Theater (Masonic Building), located at 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

- "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl, Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, 15 and 17, and 2 p.m. on Oct. 16.

The play shows that the messes and disappointments of life are as much a part of its beauty as romantic love and chocolate ice cream.

- "Murder at the Howard Johnson's" by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, Saarens Productions, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 12 and 14, and 2 p.m. Nov. 13.

In this comedic romp, a screwball triangle of lovers takes the "she/he loves me, he/she loves me not" game to its wildest conclusion.

- "Ruby Lips Above the Water" by Steve Saari, Saarens Productions, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 28 and 30, and 2 p.m. Jan. 29.

This is the story of Ruby, a developmentally disabled young woman living in a small Minnesota town, and the nurturing mother figures who surround her and witness her struggles on the path to uncertain self-discovery.

- "Shirley Valentine" by Willy Russell, Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective. Cate Belleveau performs in this groundbreaking one-woman show. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m. Feb. 18; and dinner at 12:30 p.m., show at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Location to be announced.

- "Monkey Business" by Todd Mueller, Hank Boland and Gregg Opelka, Saarens Productions. Join the fun-loving monks of St. Bernard's as they try to save their beloved monastery with a mayhem-ridden radiothon.

Dinner theater dates are March 8-10, with times and location to be announced.

- 2nd annual Fathom Film Festival, Saarens Productions, 7 p.m., Apr. 20 and 21.

Celebrate the talents of local, regional and national filmmakers, writers, and actors. Audience members from the First Friday Indie Films will choose which movies make it to the festival.

- "Tomfoolery" by Tom Lehrer, Saarens Productions, 7:30 p.m. June 14, 16 and 18 and 2 p.m. June 17.

This is a comedic musical revue featuring many Lehrer favorites and a Gilbert and Sullivan-like recitation of the Table of Elements. Rediscover the man and songs that have delighted and skewered the world for more than forty years.

- "Totally Necessary Men" by Steve Saari, Saarens Productions, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 25 and 27 and 2 p.m. Aug. 26.

This is a tenth anniversary revival of the sold-out comedy last seen at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Join odd-man-out Graham and the other lunatics in this off-the-wall frenetic farce featuring liberal doses of slapstick and verbal acrobats galore.

Season brochures are available at Fleur de Lis Gallery or at http://saarens.wordpress.com.

For details, call 556-1777 or 751-9146.

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