Local story, local playwright
Great Northern Theatre Company is producing a farce based loosely on the history of the Cold Spring dam and its cause for contention amongst the local farmers and business people at the turn of the century. While not a historical fiction in any way, it is a fun romp that causes one to wonder what the real story is and if there is any way to determine who was in the right?
Join us in a small town named Luke Warm Springs, Minn., on the banks of the Stocking River. There, curmudgeonly friends, Buford Puckerbush and Wally Carpsnogger, are fishing for an elusive giant catfish and giving each other a hard time. Their “secret” fishing hole, which seemingly everyone knows about, is on the river by the convent of The Little Sisters of the Dam. The nuns there run a river powered flour mill and bakery. They are having some financial troubles trying to keep the convent afloat. As the story unfolds, chaos builds, hijinks ensue and both the fishermen, the sisters, and the local lawman, Deputy Donat (or as the fishermen like to call him, Deputy Donut), become ensnared in a plot by two shadowy figures trying to wreak havoc at the dam.
It is a good natured romp in which the fishermen try to solve the mystery of the shadowy figures, catch Big Kitty, their giant catfish and help save the convent all at the same time.
Written by James H. Leinen of Richmond, and directed by Amy Hunter, this husband-wife duo are also raising funds with this event by donating all proceeds to the summer children’s theatre programming in Cold Spring. Information about that is available through the community education department of Rocori School.
Tickets are $10 in advance, at Brinky’s Liquor, Richmond and Cold Spring Chiropractic. $11 on line (www.gntc1.com or call (320) 241-GNTC(-4682)) or $12 at the door.
Show runs one weekend, April 26, 27, 28, at the Olde Coliseum, Richmond. There is a pasta bar available for purchase ($12.50) a 50/50 raffle worth up to $5000, and beverages available for purchase also. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with pasta bar available at 6 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee, doors open at 12 p.m., pasta bar at 12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m.
Visit the GNTC website, www.gntc1.com for more information or call (320) 241-GNTC (4682).