Season to begin with a Celebration Showcase fundraising event
By Kristen Miller
Dassel-Cokato, MN In an effort to continue to keep ticket prices affordable, the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association is hosting its first-ever fundraising event featuring talented individuals with DC connections.
The Celebration Showcase will take place Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at the DC Performing Arts Center with tickets, on sale now, for $15.
Talented acts include comedian Scott Novotny, who has been performing stand-up comedy for 25 years and who taught English and theatre at DC from 1975 to 1977.
This will be Novotny’s second act at the PAC, having performed in the first season for the arts association.
Geri Coleman Peterson, along with her husband, Hans, and her sister, Julie Lindquist, will give a musical performance.
Geri attended Dassel Elementary School before moving to Minneapolis, while Hans grew up in Cokato, graduating from Cokato High School. They both teach music at Huron Public Schools.
Lee and Dawn Shelton will also provide musical talent. Lee is a 1987 DC High School graduate who sings with the Great Northern Union Chorus in the Twin Cities.
Dawn released her own CD in 2004, covering songs such as “Pennies from Heaven” and “Our Love is Here to Stay.”
Eunjoo Oh Tipka, the wife of 1988 DC graduate Terry Tipka, has 15 years experience teaching Korean traditional dance and instruments to students of all ages. She has performed internationally in Germany, Japan, and at the closing ceremony for the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, South Korea. Tipka also performed at the Dassel Area Historical Society in 2006.
Andrea Lien, a 1995 DC graduate who is now a marketing, communications, and design professional in the Twin Cities, provided the graphic design services for the event including its logo.
Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling (320) 286-4120 or at the community education office.
The upcoming season
The Celebration Showcase is only the beginning of the arts association’s fourth season.
Since some events weren’t as well attended last year as hoped for, the arts association is offering fewer performances this year to ensure larger attendance.
“We still have a great mix of entertainers the community’s going to be excited about,” said Colleen Compton, executive director of the arts association.
The Church Basement Ladies will be at the PAC trying to solve problems at a rural Minnesota church in 1964.
Before the play began touring nationally, it was enjoyed by many audiences at the Plymouth Playhouse.
With an active community theatre board, there are two productions planned this year under the direction of Dave Metcalf.
The first DC Community Theatre Production, “More Fun Than Bowling,” will have four shows beginning Friday, March 28.
“More Fun Than Bowling,” written by Steven Dietz, is a comedy that shows metaphors with the sport and experiences in life, death, and love.
The play will be in the more intimate setting of the Dassel Museum with refreshments following.
There will also be a summer community theatre production in July with “Little Me,” which is said to be a fast-paced musical comedy written by Neil Simon.
Auditions will take place for both productions Tuesday, Nov. 25 and Sat. Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the PAC.
Two popular musical acts will also be returning to the PAC Tonic Sol-Fa (Saturday, Feb. 21) and the Minnesota Orchestra (Sunday, March 15).
The arts association also wanted to bring in another Christian music group following last year’s concert with Mark Schultz.
This year, Shane & Shane are set to hit the stage Friday, April 24 singing songs from their new album, Pages. Songs include “We Love You Jesus,” “Be Near,” and “When I Think About the Lord.”
Dassel-Cokato area residents will soon receive a copy of the upcoming DC Arts Association brochure with more details of times and ticket prices for future events.