HJ/EDEnterprise Dispatch, Nov. 14, 2005

PAC performing well

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

The new Performing Arts Center is giving substance to the dream of an arts and entertainment mecca for the Dassel Cokato area as it reaches its first anniversary.

Most recently, the musical “Oklahoma!” had its second showing last weekend with a big turn-out of enthusiastic attendees.

Another recent event, Scott Novotny’s Comedy Night, brought a comical local back for a night of entertainment Oct. 15. It was well-attended, according to Executive Director of the Arts Association Carolyn Holje.

Last spring, the Minnesota Orchestra had a sold out show. It was the first performance in the PAC.

Coming Saturday, Dec. 3 will be a holiday concert with the Lake Wobegon® Brass Band performing a variety of musical styles from jazz to classical.

The show begins at 7:30 and tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 15 for $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling D-C Community Education at (320) 286-4120 or in person from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the community education office.

Also, Tonic Solfa, a vocal group made up of “four voices and a tambourine” plans to serenade audiences.

The Guthrie Theatre was to be performing in March but was postponed. The board is searching for a quality performance to replace it.

For now, programs at the PAC are only every couple of months. “We want to make sure the programs are well-attended before we schedule monthly performances,” she said.

In Sept., brochures for the Performing Arts Center were sent by mail to most local residents. For those who did not receive one or have lost it, contact Carolyn at (320) 275-3819 or at the Community Education office.

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