ISHMAEL: a tale of Moby Dick

the 2nd in our 2018-19 Center Series

Friday, October 26  7:30 pm

ISHMAEL tells the tale of a restless country schoolteacher who decides a sea voyage could be the change of pace he needs. Blinded by a thirst for adventure, he signs onto a three-year whaling trip with a Captain he’s never met, and quickly finds himself in over his head.

Drawing freely from Herman Melville’s classic novel, MOBY DICK, a single actor and three blue grass musicians conjure a funny, thoughtful, harrowing play about one man’s drive to see the world and another man’s insatiable quest to destroy it and the spirit it takes to survive it all.

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the 3rd in our 2018-19 Center Series

Saturday, November 10  7:30 pm

Mandy Harvey is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and inspirational speaker who lost her residual hearing at the age of nineteen. Mandy tours the world performing her original music and presenting her inspirational story of never giving up and continuing to try – she calls these messages Wisdom For Life.

An AMERICA’S GOT TALENT GOLDEN BUZZER WINNER, Mandy brings her inspirational story and message along with her musical talents.

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Dance & Dessert

Saturday & Sunday

December 1 & 2   2pm

JOIN US for a delightful performance of dance followed by a sweet treat at the Senior Center across the street! Dance & Dessert is in it's 24th season featuring auditioned dancers from the Fergus Falls School of Dance. One of the hallmarks is the program variety with beautiful ballet pieces, several modern works and upbeat jazz & hip-hop dance numbers. It's the Perfect Way to LEAP into the Holiday Season!

This show is approximately 90 minutes long with no intermission.


Strong Towns with Chuck Marohn

Thursday, December 6  5:30pm

How can our small towns get stronger - not weaker - when our economy changes? How can we repopulate our empty street and storefronts? These are just two of the questions that will be answered when Fergus Falls Downtown Riverfront Council hosts a STRONG TOWNS presentation featuring founder, Chuck Marohn.  Marohn will present a live Curbside Chat - An Important Look at the Financial Realities Facing America's Cities, Towns and Neighborhoods with a Q & A session to follow.  This presentation will include three core concepts central to Strong Towns thinking and will explore them in depth.

A light meal will be provided 5:00-5:30pm

Silent Auction 4:00-5:30pm

VIP Session: 4:30-5:15 (see a Council member for VIP admission)

Presentation: 5:30-7pm


Wendy & Linda "Home for Christmas"

Friday, December 14, 2018  7:30 pm

Local favorites, Wendy Erlandson & Linda Mellon are back again for their annual Christmas Show!

Sponsored by Leslie Prishmann Flugstad: Century 21 Vista and New Dimensions Home Health Care


Front & Center Singers

There's No Business Like Snow Business

Saturday, December 15  7:30 pm

Local Vocal Jazz Group, The Front & Center Singers are sure to keep your holiday spirits happy with a show full of all your favorite Holiday tunes with a jazzy twist!


Bo Anderson & Friends

Sunday, December 16  2pm

Bo Anderson is an 18 year old music prodigy who has found a special passion for our Wurlitzer Theater Organ.  He and a wonderful group of friends will light the stage with music & other surprises.


A Magical Medora Christmas!

Friday, December 21  7:30 pm



the 4th in our 2018-19 Center Series

Saturday, January 12  7:30 pm

Brazil’s Award-Winning Vocal Group, Ordinarius.

With vibrant harmonies set to Brazilian rhythms and a joyous stage show, ORDINARIUS has breathed new life into Brazil’s most beloved songs, from traditional choros to the music of Carmen Miranda.

Ordinarius was introduced to American presenters at the APAP Conference in New York City in January 2017 and will be making their U.S. debut in 2018 with a national tour of Performing Arts Centers, Universities and showcase clubs.

In 2012, Ordinarius competed with nine other Brazilian vocal groups and was awarded Second Place in the National Vocal Group Competition promoted by “Brasil Vocal”, at the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center (CCBB) in Rio de Janeiro. In this same year, the group released their first CD, which was acclaimed as one of the 100 best of the year, being preselected for the Brazilian Music Awards.

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the 5th in our 2018-19 Center Series

Saturday, January 26  7:30 pm

Shapiro & Smith Dance, the creative and presentation vehicle for the choreography of Joanie Smith seeks to use dance to articulate culture, express feelings, and explore ideas for a broad audience. The company enjoys a reputation for performing tales of beauty and biting wit that run the gamut from the searingly provocative to absurdly hilarious. The dancers move with a breathtaking physicality and emotional depth that has earned the company an international reputation for virtuosity, substance, craft, and abandon.

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the 6th in our 2018-19 Center Series

Friday, February 15  7:30 pm

Since performing their very first shows together in the early spring of 2004, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute and to the iconic group Chicago.

Based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, this eight member ensemble creates an accurate musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock band to ever hit the stage. Transit Authority’s mission is to recreate the excitement of the original Chicago’s sound with each and every performance. (Minus the cracks and pops of the vinyl!)

Transit Authority has assembled some amazingly talented musicians who meticulously capture all the nuances of the original recordings and will honestly make you believe you are witnessing the real thing. Performing mega-hits such as, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Hard Habit to Break”, “Make Me Smile”, “Old Days”, “Just You ‘n Me”, “Beginnings”, “Wake Up Sunshine”, and many more.



the 7th in our 2018-19 Center Series

Friday, March 29  7:30 pm

“One Night in Memphis” is a rocking concert tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. Created and directed by John Mueller from the highly acclaimed show Winter Dance Party®, this show has met with the same accolades: sell out shows and standing ovations.

Be a witness to a rock and roll royalty jam session filled with true American music, featuring the hits “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole lotta Shaking Going On,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and many, many more!

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the 8th in our 2018-19 Center Series

Sunday, April 14  3:00pm

Femme Fatale: Music, Movies & Mayhem, starring Laura Ellis, is a multimedia show combining song, dance and vintage film clips to create a one of a kind experience.

Film noir comes to the musical stage in Femme Fatale, a show simmering with the music of silver screen sirens, set in a mixed-media story line of intrigue and double-cross. Starring singer Laura Ellis and characters depicted on film, Femme Fatale evokes the times of black and white movies rife with con artists, gullible marks, and memorable music. A blend of cinematic wizardry and live performance, Femme Fatale is a clever homage to the Film Noir genre and its sultry singers, Rita Hayworth, Ida Lupino, and Jane Russell.

Femme Fatale is the brainchild of lead performer, Laura Ellis, veteran of stage and broadcast performances. Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer describes Ellis as “the consummate performer whose command of the stage is truly mesmerizing to an audience…Meshing together vintage films and live music, Laura has created a wonderfully entertaining theatrical experience truly worth seeing.”

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the 9th in our 2018-19 Center Series

Saturday, April 27  7:30 pm

Matt Vee Family & Friends Present I Am, He Said With songs like Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, and Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond sold over 100 million records worldwide, and produced musical hits spanning five decades. As a Tin Pan Alley song writer in the, he penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, I’m A Believer. Join Matt, Jeff, and Tommy Vee (nephew and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee), for a celebration of this amazing music icon.

Throughout the past 35 years Matt Vee (Velline) has performed as lead guitarist and vocalist with many national and regional artists. Thirteen years were spent on lead vocals and guitar full-time with Midwest phenomenon Johnny Holm and later Matt was reunited with uncle Bobby Vee and his sons The Vees. Matt toured the United Kingdom and countless dates around the U.S. with “Uncle Bob” from 2002-2004. As a solo performer, writer, and recording artist Matt has gained a loyal following throughout the Midwest and performs regularly with his cousins The Vees and is a frequent guest singer/guitarist with The Fabulous Armadillos in shows around the state. Matt produces both the Classic Country show and stars in this celebration of Neil Diamond, “I Am I Said.”

Individual Tickets On Sale September 1, 2018




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