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Workshop brings community thespians together

Dennis Lamberson and the Central Lakes College theatre hosted a gathering of community theatre participants at the college on Saturday, April 16. Members of Wadena's Madhatters, Upsala's Upstage Players, Long Lake Community Theatre, Hackensack's Northwoods Theatre and Long Prairie's Prairie Players gathered for the matinee performance of CLC's annual children's theatre. "Tiny Town," written and directed by CLC professor Lamberson, was presented in the Dryden Theatre.

After the performance, Lamberson and the student cast of "Tiny Town" talked about their theatrical process and led a tour of the CLC theatre facility. A general discussion of the successes and challenges of community theatre followed in the fireside room.

The theatre workshop series has been sponsored by the Five Wings Arts Council and has encouraged networking of all of the community theatres in the five county region of central Minnesota. Upcoming summer theatre productions include: Lamplighter's Theatre: "Pirates of Penzance," June 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, July 1, Centennial Auditorium, Staples; Long Lake Theatre, "Arsenic and Old Lace," in June, "The Last Resort" in July and "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in August (visit for dates and times) at the Long Lake Theatre and The Landmark Inn; Central Lakes College: "Annie," July 7-24, (visit for more information); Northwood's summer play: a musical comedy, "Yah Gotchyer Men, Yah Gotchyer Women," July 15, 16, 17 and 18, Hackensack Community Bldg; Upsala Upstage Players: "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," July 29, 30, and Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and July 31 at 2 p.m. in the Upsala HS auditorium on Main Street in Upsala (Highway 238).

Madhatter's Theatre and Prairie Players productions are yet to be announced.