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Pioneer Previews: Auditions for ‘My Son Pinocchio’ set this week

Just when you thought you knew the real story about Pinocchio, his father Geppetto gets to tell his side of the story with Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio.”

And if you want to be part of the telling, Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will be holding auditions from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

The cast needs a mixture of adults and children ages 6 to 80 to play the various roles of Pinocchio, Stromboli, the Blue Fairy and a lively cast of characters as father Geppetto ventures forth from his toy shop to discover the meaning of family.

This family friendly musical is appropriate for all audiences and is a magical mix of a heartwarming fairytale and action packed adventure as the audience follows Pinocchio from an awkward wooden puppet to a real live boy and Geppetto’s transformation from a demanding creator to a real, live father. For “When You Wish Upon a Star,” your dreams come true.

For auditions, bring 16 measures of music to sing a capella and a short monologue of a minute or less. The show will be directed by Mary Knox Johnson, with musical direction by Karen Bradley. Performance dates are April 28-30 and March 4-6 for the public and school performances during the week.


Schoolcraft Learning Community will hold its 14th Annual Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. This is the winter concert that was postponed from the original Dec. 3 date. The concert is open to the public and features the many musical opportunities including the French language songs and string students offered at Schoolcraft.


Open auditions for Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater is downtown Bemidji, a collaborative production of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.


Open auditions for Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater is downtown Bemidji, a collaborative production of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

Third Thursdays in Park Rapids will take place at three venues: Lori Goulet Reich will play guitar and sing classic American music from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffe, 116 Third St. W; The Radioactive Blues Cousins (Al Marty, Mike Harrison and Craig Braunschweig) will entertain from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe, 220 South Main; and Once Just Us (Dean Westby, Gene Blumberg and Rick Amsberry) will play a mix of old-time favorites from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce’s Ristorante, 311 South Main. Admission is free to this mini-concerts sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Arts Council and funded in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant.


“Cavalleria Rusticana” and “I Pagliacci,” two short operas normally presented together will be on the big screen at the Bemidji Theater. The operas were recorded at La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy and will be played at 2 p.m. at the Bemidji Theater, Theater Lane. Tickets can be purchased now and up to the time of the showing for $20 adults, $10 students with valid I.D.


“Are You Knot Aware?” with noted fiber artist Dawn Standera, who received a Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight Career Development in 2013. Standera was able to travel to California to mentor with artists working in knotted sculpture. Her visual presentation will highlight this stunning and versatile art form. Standera will begin her presentation at 5 p.m., Jan. 22 at the Baudette Library at a Meet the Artist Event, 110 First St.SW, Baudette.

The Bemidji High School Vocalmotive Dinner Show is nearly here. Tickets are on sale now in person from 3 to 6 p.m. at the main office: $16 for closer seating and $18 for “balcony” seats.  Shows this year are Jan. 24, 2 shows on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26. The show is held in the cafeteria commons.

The Oxcars — a Celebration of Excellence for Regional Theaters — will be held on Jan. 26. The show highlights regional theater productions from November 2012 through November 2013. Bemidji Community Theater, Northern Light Opera, Folklore Theater and Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective are among those that will be honored. Cate Belleveau and Robert Thomas are masters of ceremony and will present awards for best acting, choreography, directing and design elements. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Hondo and Suzi’s Dance Studio in Bemidji. Tickets are $10 each and available now at Shannon’s Art and Soul in downtown Bemidji or by credit card by calling 218-243-2685.


Beltrami County History Center features artwork work from Gallery North and their new history exhibit “Trails Through Time.” The center is open Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Brigid’s Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave., installation is from the artists of Studio 10 entitled “Winter Pastimes.”

Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW, continues its “Holiday Boutique” of handmade items.

Headwaters Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave., presents TrekNorth alumna Lindsey Owens, who participated in the “Art From Within” juried shows in 2011 and 2013. She also worked on an art project with HSC and completed a mural combining the importance of art and science as part of a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiative.

Neilson Place presents “Walking Through Nature,” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien for people who cannot walk through nature. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW., and viewers may visit during regular visiting hours.

Watermark Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) will reopen Tuesday. Regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. NW, presents “New Collaborations” by Marlon Davidson and Don Knutson, whose work is known for its dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces.


Pecha Kucha is looking for speakers for their Feb. 20 event at the Sanford Center. Speakers give quick presentations of 20 images for 20 seconds for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds on any subject they choose.

This is a family friendly event that has features speakers on their favorite hobbies, athletics, creating art and traveling.

Named for the Japanese words of chitchat due to the lively conversation that takes place during intermission, Pecha Kucha is usually pronounced “pe-chak-cha.”

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