ON THE STAGE AT ISLAND PARK
Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre Presents
THE 2018-2019 SEASON
September 14-16, 20-23, 27-29
Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure. Adapted from the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS is a memorable mixture of an irresistible story combined with dazzling choreography, incredible effects, and unforgettable songs including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” "Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Feed the Birds,” and “Step in Time.” Imagination will fly high in this musical theatre delight for the whole family.
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
October 12-14, 18-20
Comprised of interviews conducted following the October 1998 kidnapping and fatal assault of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie, WY in the year after the brutal crime. This fascinating collection of community reactions explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. In the 20th anniversary year of Matthew’s death the themes and issues of this play are as relevant now more than ever.
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE PANIC BROADCAST
An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds--but all it took to cause real-life panic in the streets was Orson Welles's 1938 radio adaptation, which listeners took for news. THE WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE PANIC BROADCAST recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play is a thrilling homage to the form's golden age and a timely reminder of what fear can do to a society.
A CHRISTMAS STORY—THE MUSICAL
December 7-9, 13-16, 20-22
Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, A CHRISTMAS STORY—THE MUSICAL chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle ('You’ll shoot your eye out kid!'). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish in this delightful musical adaptation by the songwriting team behind stage and screen hits "Dear Evan Hansen", "La La Land", and "The Greatest Showman".
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
February 1-3, 7-9
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries in the world and every prime number up to 7,057. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. When a neighbor’s dog is found speared to death with a garden fork, Christopher is determined to investigate the mysterious death, forcing him to confront his fears along a frightening journey that upturns his world.
March 2 & 3
Ten-year-old Violet is determined to show the world, not to mention the cool kids at school, just how special she is. With the help of her assistant Freddy, she sets out to break a world record, but becomes accidentally extraordinary when she's struck by lightning -- twice -- and gains control over all things electric. Under the name Miss Electricity, Violet zaps her way through circuits, bullies, and tests, but could lose everything when the power goes to her head.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Accomplished and career-focused journalist, Mitch Albom, learns his former professor, Morrie Schwartz, is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Prompted by this information while feeling guilty that he had lost touch for all those years, Mitch reconnects with his terminally-ill teacher for a simple visit. That turned into another visit, and another, and every Tuesday Morrie had left in his life. Their wise and loving conversations— a last class in the meaning of life— became the basis for the best-selling novel from which this play is adapted.
May 3-5, 9-12, 16-18
On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Heartfelt and funny, this vibrant musical about love, laughter, and friendship is set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Greek islands and underscored by ABBA’s timeless hit songs, including “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” “Voulez Vous,” “The Winner Takes It All” and the title song, “Mamma Mia!”
NPPA’s Activities are made possible in part through the generous support of the following agencies: The North Dakota Council on the Arts through appropriations from the North Dakota State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts and the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through the Arts Partnership. NPPA is a member of The Arts Partnership, the American Association of Community Theatre, Red River Attractions, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, the Downtown Community Partnership and North Dakota Arts Alliance. NPPA is also listed with Dun & Bradstreet.
The activities of NPPA are supported in part with proceeds from charitable gaming. In accordance with the North Dakota Game of Chance Administrative Rules, all financial information and tax returns are made available for inspection at The Stage by appointment. This information is updated quarterly. NPPA gaming sites include: the Ramada, Space Aliens, and the Windbreak Saloon, located in Fargo, North Dakota; Parrot’s Cay and The Loft in Grand Forks; and Happy Trails in Argusville.