Do you feel you just don’t have enough opportunities to wear your fancy cocktail dress and/or black tie attire? If so, the Greater Grand Forks Community Theater and Crimson Creek Players have a deal for you.
Tuesday night at 7 p.m., they’re sponsoring a "Boas and Bowties" reception at Empire Arts Center for the opening night of their season finale show, "The Producers." The event is free to everyone who has a ticket for the Tuesday night performance.
You can wear your finest attire and enjoy refreshments and a cash bar before the show. (I’m humming "Putting on the Ritz," even as I write this. I know — wrong Mel Brooks show.)
And, best of all, walk-up ticket buyers dressed in fine cocktail wear or black tie on Tuesday night will be eligible for discount tickets.
After the Tuesday night show, there will be an after party with the cast and crew in the Empire Arts Center gallery.
I’m excited about seeing "The Producers" in Grand Forks. Although I’ve never seen it on stage, I’ve heard wonderful things about it. And with this cast, it’s bound to be great.
"The Producers" will be on stage at the Empire at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 7 and Aug. 10 through Aug. 14.
Tickets: Adults, $18; students, senior citizens and military, $15; available in advance at Chester Fritz box office, (701) 777-4090.
The cast will feature Paul Vonasek (the foot-spelling Barfee in "Putnam County Spelling Bee") as Max and Matt Berdahl (the sock puppet speller from "Putnam County") as his accountant, Leo.
Other cast members: Haley Anne Boyd, Daniel Dutot, Justine Heim, and Daniel Walstad. The ensemble will feature Lori Boucher, Emily Burkland, Amy Driscoll, Tomas Grande, Michelle McCauley, Ken McGurran, Sue Moe, Cody Oss, Tyler Rood, Casey Smith, Daniel Wiebusch, Emily Wirkus.
The show is directed by Chris Berg and produced by Benjamin Klipfel.
Tobin is arts & entertainment reporter at the Grand Forks Herald.