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Around the Arts, December 10

Pictured are students who received Outstanding awards. Submitted photo.

Hennepin Theatre Trust recognizes BHS production

BEMIDJI—Bemidji High School's production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" recently received several awards from the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education program, according to a press release.

The production and performance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" earned the following honors: Achievement in Musical Theatre, honorable mention; Overall Production, honorable mention; Overall Performance, outstanding; Ensemble Performance, outstanding; Vocal Performance by an Ensemble, outstanding; Acting Performance by an Ensemble, honorable mention; Student Orchestra, outstanding; Overall Technical Team, honorable mention; and Light and Sound Board Operators, honorable mention.

Students receiving individual honors included:

Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership as Dance Captain, Noah Anderson and Ashlyn Nelson; Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership as Stage Manager, Anna Enquist; Evaluator Shout-Out, Andrew Hokanson as Phoebus and Tommy Saxton as Jehan; Honorable Mention for Performance in a Leading Role, David Caliri as Quasimodo; Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Mitchell Shaw as Claude Frollo and Emily Bergeron as Esmeralda.

Holiday concert to benefit The Wolfe

BEMIDJI—Home for the Holidays concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, at Brigid's Pub. The concert will include multiple performing acts, some of which will include The Honey Buns, Corey Medina and Brothers, Known Only Locally, Count Beltrami, Hattie Peterson, Sonny Johnson, Mike Rendahl, and Eric Carlson.

The concert will benefit The Wolfe, which is an overnight shelter for chronic inebriates.

Shevlin History Center holiday updates

SHEVLIN—The History Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 22, through Monday, Jan. 1, for the holidays. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Tours of the History Center will still be available by appointment. Office and museum hours at the History Center during the winter months are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information or to schedule a tour, call the History Center at (218)

785-2000, call Tamara Edevold at (218) 694-2856 or email

Marsh to perform during First City Poetry Reads

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will present the next event in the First City Poetry Reads series at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Anytime Fitness. The theme will be "Our Physical Selves," featuring poet Erin Lynn Marsh who will address the personal and cultural aspects of physical disabilities. Marsh is a Bemidji-area poet and teacher who received her master's degree in Creative Writing from Lesley University of Boston. Her poetry has been featured in various publications, and she is completing a poetry collection.

In addition to Marsh's reading, the program also will feature demonstrations and discussions on the themes of fitness, strength, bodybuilding, weightlifting and rehabilitation. Toni Bratager, who

recently won a bodybuilding competition in Duluth, will discuss and demonstrate her training

methods. Bratager has a degree in dietetics and is a registered nurse at Sanford Hospital in Bemidji. Other personal trainers and competitors will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their experiences.

An open mic session also will be held. Area poets are encouraged to share their work surrounding the theme "Our Physical Selves." Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can

contact Marsh Muirhead at (218) 556- 6313 or email Poets are asked to keep their reading to three minutes and provide family-friendly content.

For more information, visit

Book launches planned for local author

BEMIDJI—Local author Barbara Schlichting will host a book release for her recent project "Body on the Tracks," from 4 to 7 p.m. at Brigid's Pub on Saturday, Dec. 16. For more information, visit

'Swingtime Canteen' to take stage in Bagley

BAGLEY—"Swingtime Canteen," a musical review featuring songs from the World War II era, will be on stage at the Bagley High School auditorium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. The production by the Bagley Community Theater, directed by Marilyn Hood, features a group of female performers who are touring and performing for the troops overseas, a press release said. They sing favorites such as "Sentimental Journey," "How High the Moon," "Don't Fence Me In" and an Andrew Sisters Medley featuring 10 of their top hits.

Also part of the production is a six piece, on-stage swing band directed by Josh Gunderson. Tickets for reserved seating are on sale at the Bagley Senior Center and Mark's Hardware in Bagley. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes before show times.

First City Dance Studio brings The Nutcracker to life

BEMIDJI—First City Dance Studio will present "The Nutcracker" this Christmas season for three performances. They will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are $8 and are available at First City Dance and at the theater 30 minutes before the show. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted free.

BSO releases Handel's Messiah CD

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra recently announced the release of its CD, "Handel's Messiah," as recorded live in concert April 30 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Joined by four soloists and three choirs in a 70-minute performance of selections from this masterpiece, the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra welcomed the largest audience to date for the concert, a press release said. Beverly Everett conducted.

The CD features the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra joined by Jennifer Olson, soprano; Leandra Craigmile, mezzo-soprano; Jace Erickson, tenor; and Cory J. Renbarger, baritone; plus the combined members of the Bemidji Chorale, the Bemidji Choir, and the Park Rapids Classic Chorale.

The 2-disc set costs $20 and can be purchased with check or cash at the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's holiday concert "The Snowman: Music and Film" on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Or call (218) 444-7914.

Bagley library plans 'Storyteller' series

BAGLEY—Farm By The Lake will host the series "storytellers" over several months at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW. The series is free and open to the public. The scheduled events include Slam Storyteller Ward Rubecht on Jan. 14, local storyteller Dick Roue on Jan. 28, comic storyteller Michael Venske on Feb. 11, naturalist storyteller Al Batt on Feb. 25, interactive storyteller Nothando Zulu on March 11, and a writing workshop with Will Weaver on March 25.