Add Some Broadway to Your North Dakota Summer

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From Broadway-style productions to historical one-act adaptations to comedies, North Dakota summer theatres and uniquely designed auditoriums offer something for everyone’s tastes. Some productions take place under the beautiful North Dakota skies while others may be indoors.

 

Frost Fire Summer Theatre – Pembina Gorge, near Walhalla

The twinkling, star-filled North Dakota skies and the rolling hills of the Pembina Gorge provide a scenic backdrop for the Frost Fire Summer Theatre. Energizing North Dakota’s summer evenings for nearly 30 years, this outdoor theatre entertains families with a unique Broadway-like theatre experience. All performances take place in the outdoor covered amphitheater, which comfortably seats 450. The musical runs on Saturdays and Sundays, usually beginning the last weekend in June through the first weekend in August. www.frostfiretheatre.com

 

Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater & Arts Park – Bismarck

Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater showcases the performing arts talents of more than 100 students from the Bismarck-Mandan community and surrounding area. Professional actors and teachers mentor the young students, preparing them for the two annual productions that are performed under the North Dakota skies. A new stage and orchestra pit have the audience seeing and hearing everything in perfect harmony. Performances are held July-August. www.shst.org

 

LaMoure County Summer Musical Theatre – LaMoure

Every June-August, people pack into the historic World War I-era auditorium to enjoy three musicals and plays. This once forgotten venue, home to many events and celebrations in the early 1900s, fell into disrepair. But local music teacher and champion of the performing arts Ron Zimmerman realized the venue’s potential. Thanks to his TLC and vision, LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater has been a summer hit since 1972. www.lcsmt.com

 

Medora Musical – Medora

This nightly, professionally produced musical variety show, featuring top-notch talent from all over the U.S., is staged in the modern Burning Hills Amphitheatre. Set into a canyon, the amphitheater offers a spectacular view of the scenic North Dakota Badlands. Drawing more than 100,000 people each year, the musical is North Dakota’s biggest summer event including patriotic, cowboy and family themes, along with the Burning Hill Singers and moving sets. www.medora.com

 

The Opera House – New Rockford

Pride in this community has kept the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts full of activities and productions all year long with its live theater, music, dance, art classes, concerts and performances. An added feature is the Latte Lobby and Coffee House. www.dprca.com

 

 

Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota – Grand Forks

Known for its spectacular acoustics and beautiful design, the Fritz offers a variety of acts from national entertainment, including Broadway Theatre, opera, country music, children’s and special performances.  www.dfa.und.edu

 

Fargo Theatre – Fargo

This unique Art Deco designed theater built in 1926 as a vaudeville and cinema house has a hidden gem: a Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. This theater is also very popular in March due to its annual Fargo Film Festival. Rent the theater for your group and have a theme night. www.fargotheatre.org


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