By Jennifer Von Ohlen
DASSEL, COKATO, MN Being fully aware of how its community values quality entertainment, the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association (DCAA) is excited to announce its show lineup for the upcoming months.
“We’re very excited that all of the events this season are family-friendly,” stated DCAA coordinator Colleen Compton.
Each of the shows will take place at the Dassel-Cokato High School Performing Arts Center, and will have advanced tickets available online and in the activities office. Attendees can save $2 on each show when purchasing their tickets ahead of time. To get tickets early, visit pac.dc.k12.mn.us, stop in the DC Community Education office, or call (320) 286-4120.
Junie B. Jones
Theatreworks USA is bringing everyone’s favorite kindergartner (now first-grader) to life in the musical, “Junie B. Jones.”
Based off the books by Barbara Park, the musical revolves around the stories of First Grader (at last), Boss of Lunch, and One-Man Band. Each tale is tied together through a fourth story called Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me!).
Telling Jones’ story through her diary entries is meant to inspire children to keep their own journals and start writing their own stories.
“We will encourage our two elementary schools and local libraries to make these books available to students before and after this performance,” Compton commented. “However, not reading them in advance, or even being familiar with this author, will not diminish the theatre experience.”
The show is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. Tickets are now on sale: $10 for adults, and $5 for youth.
Six Appeal vocal band Ugly Sweater Party
What started as a way to procrastinate in their collegiate studies, have fun with friends, and (likely) meet girls, the a capella group Six Appeal has gone from performing at the Moorhead Concordia College campus to being titled National Champions of a capella music.
Using their voices alone, Six Appeal performs an array of musical hits throughout the decades, such as “Billie Jean,” “Low Rider,” “I Will Survive,” “Circle of Life,” and “Brown Eyed Girl.” The group also does a selection of current chart-toppers, original compositions, and (during the season) Christmas and holiday favorites.
Since their show will be taking place during the Christmas season, Six Appeal has offered to turn its performance into an ugly sweater party, which audience members are welcomed to participate in.
“That sounds like fun,” said Compton, “[to] just get in the spirit before you walk in the door.”
Six Appeal’s performance is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 27, and cost $20 for adults, and $8 for youth.
Known for having a harmony-laced style in alternative folk music, the seven Hunt siblings have been performing together since childhood and have booked shows in theaters, festivals, and universities across the nation.
Using their passion to create new sounds and songs, the Hunts were able to teach themselves to play various instruments such as the mandolin, ukulele, banjo, drums, and others as well as compose songs based on shared memories.
Using each other’s strengths, the Hunts’ songs have been able to “capture heartache and wonder with a wide-eyed but wistful elegance,” that have been said to reveal an undeniable dreamy innocence.
“The fact that they’ve grown up together, and they taught themselves to play all these instruments, and they harmonize so well together just seemed like a good fit, especially for our community,” Compton commented.
A press release from the group stated that “while getting seven strong-minded brothers and sisters to agree on every last note and lyric can sometimes be chaotic, the Hunts know that the synergy born from that chaos is what makes the band so strong.”
The Hunts’ performance will take place Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $8 for youth. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Dec. 22.
Todd Oliver’s ‘Funniest Night of Your Life’
Ever seen a real dog talk? Those who watched the seventh season of America’s Got Talent would have, as Todd Oliver and his dog, Irving, made the country wonder how he did it.
“You swear the dog is talking,” stated Compton, who did see Oliver and his dogs perform on the variety show, “I mean the mouth is moving and that’s closeup TV.”
In addition to his ventriloquist skills, Oliver is known for being a comedian and musician, all of which he incorporates into an hour-long show of “family-friendly, contemporary, original first class entertainment.”
Personalization and audience participation is said to be Oliver’s “proven successful formula” that results in “clean, universal comedy and laughter that makes everyone feel good.”
Oliver, Irving, and the rest of the talking animals (and puppets) will be performing Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $7 for youth, and will go on sale Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.
United States Air Force Concert Band of Mid-America
The United States Air Force Concert Band of Mid-America will give a free performance Saturday, April 14, 2018 while representing “the professionalism and excellence found every day through the Air Force.”
The 45-member ensemble performs a wide range of musical tastes, from symphonic pieces, to traditional marches, as well as jazz and pop compositions.
“I think it’s cool and just so nice to be able to hear them give back to the community [this way],” said Compton. The band also takes time out of its performance to recognize audience members who have (or currently are) serving in the military.
“I always cry,” admitted Compton, “I mean, to see that recognition; that’s very special.”
Free admission tickets are required for seating purposes. Tickets will become available Friday, March 16, 2018.