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GLAPA's 30th anniversary is cause for celebration

Beginning with “Bits of Broadway,” the performing arts have found a niche on the Pequot Lakes High School theater stage. There have been 63 community theater productions offered by the Pequot Lakes Community Theater in the 30 years from fall 1983 to fall 2013. The stage has been “home” to nearly 1,000 actors/actresses and technical crew.

The theater has gone through many upgrades to keep the facility in excellent condition. Have you noticed the improvements over the years?

New carpeting was installed in the theater about five years ago; an improved sound system and an upgrade to the stage lighting are among the recent improvements.

Revenue from the performances is used to assist with the facility upkeep projects. Community arts patrons have been donors who have helped to finance the auditorium improvements through the years, too.

The support of the community as season ticket holders has been a significant source of funding to maintain the varied season of performing arts offered on our local stage. I hear often from patrons how much they like the comfortable, tiered seating in the Pequot Lakes theater, enjoy the good acoustics and appreciate the high quality performances that have been held here through the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) programming.

Offering affordable, high quality performing arts to the greater Brainerd lakes area is the stated mission of the GLAPA organization.

Volunteers on the performing arts board select artists for the season of performances, determine the show prices and assist as staff at each performance as host, cashiers, ushers, ticket takers and poster “runners” to put up publicity posters for each performance during the season in area business locations.

Would you like to help? Give the Pequot Lakes Community Education office a call at 218-568-9200.

Contracted professional artists have contributed to an annual season of shows. The artists have been singers, dancers, comedians, ventriloquists, magicians, a mime and instrumentalists — classical pianist, brass quintet and jazz pianist.

The 2013-14 season featured performers are: Claudia Schmidt with Dean Magraw, 12-string guitar, dulcimer on Oct. 18; comedian Mary Mack on Jan. 18; vocal trio Divas Through the Decades on Feb. 15; and Michael Johnson, acoustic guitar ballad singer, on April 12.

Which of the Pequot Lakes Community Theater productions has been your favorite show? Would you pick “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat?” “Lucky Stiff?” “Mr. Roberts?” “How to Talk Minnesotan?” “Crappie Talk?” “Oklahoma?” “The Church Basement Ladies?” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?”

Or just perhaps your favorite is going to be one of the shows in our current season. “Oliver!” opens Nov. 15 for a six-performance run. “The Spitfire Grill” will come on stage beginning March 21.

Community theater shows feature a local cast and crew. The community theater productions give actors a time to perform and share their talent with family and friends in the community. The recent community theater shows have been an opportunity for thespians of all ages, from preschool age to senior citizen actors.

Enjoying the performing arts in a family friendly setting has been part of the way that GLAPA serves the community. Get your ticket soon to be a part of the high quality “hometown” entertainment.

A 30th anniversary GLAPA celebration will take place during the “Oliver!” production to honor the long, strong history of performing arts in Pequot Lakes at the Pequot Lakes High School theater.