Musical guest and artist in residence Eric Carranza.

Lanesboro’s own community variety show celebrates 25 years on anniversaries-themed show


(8/5/2019)

Host Damon Prestemon leads a trivia contest with audience members during last month’s show.
Host Damon Prestemon leads a trivia contest with audience members during last month’s show.


In celebration of its 25th season, “Anniversaries” is the theme of the next Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, August 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. Songs like “Anniversary Waltz,” “A Cover is Not the Book” and “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You,” as well as a “Fun with Food” skit by Peggy Hanson, will each be part of a milestone evening that will also include jokes, stories, and sing-alongs.

July’s show features musical guest Eric Carranza, a multi-instrumentalist and music teacher from Saint Paul that will be living and working in Lanesboro the entire month of August as an artist in residence at Lanesboro Arts. With a location-based focus and a mobile rig of music-making tools, Carranza is inviting community members of all backgrounds and musical abilities to create “Root River Vibrations,” a series of musical vignettes inspired by the people, landscape and energy of Lanesboro. Eric is performing a song on stage with community members during the show and interested participants can join a rehearsal with Eric and other cast members on August 6 at 7 p.m. and/or August 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Host Damon Prestemon will be joined by his season-one co-host Hal Cropp of Commonweal Theatre throughout this 25th anniversary show. The pair plans to dust off the old kitchen table and keep the show moving forward, while also looking back, with rapid-fire wit and keen improvisational instincts. The talented and charismatic Maria Klingsheim, of Harmony, Minn., will serve as this month’s musical director, accompanying the all-volunteer cast during the show. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. with Ravensfire, an irish music trio, providing pre-show musical entertainment beginning at 7:10 p.m.

 

The Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show is produced by Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Fridays of March through November in 2019. Upcoming shows include “50 Nifty States” on September 13 and “Twins” on October 11. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at www.lanesboroarts.org, in person at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery (103 Parkway Avenue North), or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre — as available — beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the show. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.

Every show is unique, with a different theme and fresh material. Each show is also broadcast on Winona State University’s KQAL 89.5FM on the Wednesday five days after the show at 6 p.m. (also available for streaming at www.KQAL.org). Additionally, Over the Back Fence is published as a podcast on the iOS Podcasts app and many other podcast services. Over the Back Fence sponsors help to make the affordable ticket prices possible.

Lanesboro Arts’ mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information call 507-467-2446, email info@lanesboroarts.org, or visit www.lanesboroarts.org. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

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