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Sanford Center preps for Blue Man Group

Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Mike Cronin, executive director/operations at the Sanford Center, hangs cable harness in the rafters needed to install the 14 banks of lights for the Blue Man Group show on Sunday night. Officials said this is the most elaborate set-up for a show in the Sanford Center’s history. The work also must be done between hockey practices and this weekend’s Bemidji State University women’s hockey games against the University of Minnesota.

BEMIDJI — As the Blue Man Group is said to be a one-of-a-kind show, the Sanford Center is having a one-of-a-kind experience preparing for the event.

“It’s definitely the most complicated thing we’ve ever done,” said Cyrus Pansch, director of sales and marketing for the Sanford Center.

Rigging for the Sunday night show has been an especially complicated.

On Wednesday, Mike Cronin, the executive director/operations, and engineer Tom Quinn made a trip to the Twin Cities to supply the Sanford Center with more trussing to hang the necessary lights for the famous show, which features three blue-painted individuals raising all types of ruckus.

“Without guys like Mike and Tom, we wouldn’t be able to have shows like this,” Pansch said.

Workers at the Sanford Center also have to deal with the day-to-day functions, including practice for the Bemidji State University hockey teams, as well as home games for the Lady Beavers on Friday and Saturday against the No. 1-ranked University of Minnesota.

If you go

What: Blue Man Group

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Sanford Center, Bemidji.

Tickets: Tickets range from $30 to $60, with applicable taxes and fees, and can be purchased at both Lueken’s Village Foods locations, the Sanford Center box office or online at