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John Lamb, Published June 27 2012

Summer stages heating up

FARGO – The summer stages have been warming up all month. Now area troupes are ready to take things to the next level with a number of performances opening this week.

The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre’s Children’s Studio Theatre makes a debut so big there needs to be two casts for “Disney’s Aristocats Kids.” This live-action stage adaptation of the 1970 silver screen cartoon follows the exploits of a colorful feline gang looking to foil a kidnapping plot. So many youngsters leapt at the parts, two casts perform alternating shows, with the Whiskers cast on at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Paws cast played last night, Friday night and 2 p.m. Saturday, all at the Stage at Island Park, 333 4th St. S., Fargo. Tickets range from $6 for children to $14 for adults. (701) 235-1901.

Trollwood Performing Arts School’s productions don’t start yet, but fans can catch a preview of the main stage musical, “Legally Blonde,” at tonight’s Sun Celebration at Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave. S., Moorhead. This community open house/fundraiser starts with a catered picnic at 5 and allows the public a chance to see what students are learning, topped off with a talent showcase from 6 to 9, and followed by a sneak peak of “Legally Blonde” at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door. (218) 477-6500.

Trollwood isn’t the only Moorhead troupe taking the stage today. Music Theater Campers take the stage at Moorhead High School Auditorium

2300 4th Ave. S., at 2 and 7 p.m. for their take on “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and available at the door.

The students are a little older at Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players, but the troupe has serious fun with “Lucky Stiff.” The cast wraps up the week-long run of the farcical European murder mystery with 7:30 shows, tonight and Friday at Hansen Theatre

Roland Dille Center for the Arts, MSUM. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students. (218) 477-2271.

All ages get involved when Rural Cass Community Theatre tackles the musical “Oliver” at 7 tonight and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Cass High School, 802 5th St N., Casselton. Tickets range from $25 for a family pack to $5 for children. (701) 347-4289.

If you’re in Detroit Lakes, Minn., this weekend you have your choice of performances. At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Shakespeare in the Park’s fourth annual production tackles the “Romeo and Juliet” in the band shell at Detroit Lakes City Park. There is no admission. (218) 844-4221.

Just north of the park in the Historic Holmes Theatre, 826 Summit Ave., Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Rumpelstiltskin” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. (218) 844-7469.


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533