Lori Horvik, Fargo, Published April 14 2013
Lots was going on that eveningOn Saturday, April 6, the Department of Theatre Arts was honored to present an “Evening with Becky Gulsvig” at Askanase Hall on the North Dakota State University campus. Both the department and Gulsvig were delightfully amazed by the response to this event. The community support for this local talent was truly tremendous, as patrons filled the theater to the brim.
We made every attempt to accommodate as many patrons as possible while ensuring a minimal delay for the concert, even adding seats in the lobby area for patrons to listen to the performance. Several people questioned the choice of the smaller venue; after all, Festival Concert Hall, which has three times the seating capacity, is located adjacent to Askanase Hall. Two circumstances led to the selection of the performance space.
First, due to her busy performance schedule, Gulsvig could only come to Fargo for this event on the weekend of April 6. Secondly, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera was in Festival Concert Hall on the night of the concert, in the midst of technical rehearsals for their upcoming production of “The Marriage of Figaro”; therefore, holding the performance in that venue was impossible. As Gulsvig’s appearance was, in part, serving as a fundraiser for our scholarship program, the use of alternate venues off campus would have proved cost-prohibitive.
The Department of Theatre at NDSU is tremendously grateful for Gulsvig’s generosity in agreeing to a public performance, and for the community’s wonderful enthusiasm for her work and their support of our program. While the overwhelming response proved disappointing for some, perhaps the outpouring of support will prove the need to offer more opportunities for the community to experience Gulsvig’s talent as she continues her successful career.
Horvik is associate professor, NDSU Theatre Arts.