And no one does it better than the Great Northern Theatre Company when they present their 22nd summer of community theatre with Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun directed by Vicki Meyer. Come see Annie Oakley and Frank Butler try to out-do the other to see who really is the best sharp shooter in the whole wide world. Opening night is Thursday, August 9th at 7:30pm in the air-conditioned comfort of Glanville Smith Auditorium at Rocori High School. Performances continue thru the weekend on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm and with a matinee on Sunday, August 12th at 2pm. Tickets are available at the door beginning 1 hour before the curtain. The box-office remains open for ½ hour after the curtain for patrons who want to purchase tickets in person for future shows.
Performances continue next week at 7:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday, with the closing performance on Friday, August 17th. Get your tickets for next week’s shows in person at the box-office on performance dates, or by phone or mail. All of the details and instructions are on the order form on our website – gntc1.com. Don’t miss out as Annie and Frank compete at every and anything to see who can do better!
The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) Marching Saints are from three small farming communities in Western Minnesota. The towns have consolidated to form one high school which enrolls 192 students in grades 9-12. About half of these students participate in the grades 7-12 band program. The summer of 2007 the KMS Marching Saints traveled to Chicago and they hope to travel to New York in 2009. The KMS Marching Saints have a very strong and active music booster group. The communities of Kerhoven, Murdock and Sunburg support our marching band program in so many ways and we thank them because without this great community effort, the band would not exist.
This is the first in a series of special videos featuring highlights of the 2008 Sauk Rapids River Days Parade and Festival. Our first parade feature includes a performance by none other than our own Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School Marching Storm under the direction of Heidi Martinson and Danell Dalton. The 75 member band performs Go. Go. Go... Joseph, a selection from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Stay tuned for all the bands and parade highlights here on DigElogSAUKRAPIDS.
The SJBC Concert Choir departed on Friday, June 27 for the Czech
Republic where they will represent the United States and the state of
Minnesota at the International Boys' and Men's Choral Festival in
Hradec Králové and Prague. The boys will travel throughout various
regions of the country, exploring the nation's architecture, history
and culture. This marks the choirs second trip to the Czech Republic.
In this video you'll join the boys and their parents as they say final farewells the day of their departure. The concert tour this year is being lead by the Boys' Choir new concert choir director André-Louis Heywood. André
Heywood joined the St. John's Boys' Choir staff a year ago. He has a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Don
Wright Faculty of Music of the University of Western Ontario.
Another special feature of this video story is a short interview with Br. Paul Richards as he reflects back on the very first trip the Boys' Choir took to Europe. It was for 21 days and included a combination of about 30 boys and numerous parent chaperones. This years tour will include 13 days in the Czech Republic.
Friday, June 27 & Saturday, June 28
The boys did a great job of dealing with the more than 30 hours of
travelling and sight-seeing. They journed first to Hluboka Castle
before settling in the hostel at Cesky Krumlov. Lukas Pribyl of Boni
Pueri is serving as their guide for these first few days.
Sunday, June 29
The day began by attending mass at the Church of St. Vitus. The boys
were *excellent*, being very attentive even though they didn't
understand a single word. They also tried singing along with some of
the Czech hymns. They then spent some time rehearsing in the lobby of
the hostel, drawing a number of visitors passing by on the street.
After lunch was some time for shopping followed by a tour of the town
on wood rafts. The boys had a free evening for socialization.
Monday, June 30 The boys
started the day with a silent breakfast (a tribute to Br. Paul pehaps?)
and then set off to Hradec Králové, the site of the Festival. They
enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Duran restaurant and then headed into
their venue rehearsal at Holy Spirit Cathedral, a 700-year old church
in the Old Town square. The boys had a great rehearsal and then spent
some time settling into their dorms and having dinner. They then
attended the opening ceremonies of the festival, featuring a cameo
performance by each choir. The boys were particularly impressed with
Boni Pueri, the host choir, and with the American Boychoir who they
will sing with in November. Tomorrow begin the long days of festival
Earlier this Spring, on May 5th, the Sauk Rapids/Rice Jazz Band performed in the High School Commons. It was a lively evening of great music. Watching this video story will have you tapping your toes and clapping your hands.
Sometimes very special things come in very small packages. In this
video story your'll meet 3 year old Tyler Hibbison. Tyler has been
going to ROCORI basketball games since he was born. Yes... literally
since the day he was born. You see his dad Matt Hibbison is assistant
coach of the ROCORI varsity team and his mom Shelli has always attended
the games even before Tyler was born. As Tyler had matured through
ages 1, 2 and now 3 at basketball games, he has always loved standing
and singing along to our countries national anthem.
Februray 29th, 2008, at his ripe young age of 3 years old, Tyler stood
before a jam packed croud in the gymnasium at ROCORI High School in
Cold Spring, Minnesota, USA. Tyler took the microphone from his dad
and without a moments hesitation began singing the Star Spangled
Banner. He sang it from beginning to end. A solid performance that
even American Idol audiences would have stood up and cheered for. What
an amazing young man. I can't wait to see what he'll be up to about 10
years from now.
A special thank you goes out to Tyler's mom, Shelli Hibbison, who captured this moment for all of us to enjoy.
The Sauk Rapids Jazz Band played fantastic at their winter
performance last week. A large crowd was on hand at the high school and
the students played as remarkably as they looked. This story features a
full length song from the band’s performance.
Back by popular demand, here are The Alarmists. The viewers have spoken
and they want more Alarmists. This story features another full-length
song from “The Unknown Event” on Friday November 16, 2007 at The
Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The Alarmists are a local rock and
roll band that has quickly gained a large following. They have enjoyed
critical acclaim and hope that their popularity will grow in the
Central Minnesota area. Please check out their website @