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Harwood Prairie Players back for 29th season

Jeff Rondeau, David Lassig, Missy Teeters, Mark Seeba, Kari Holman and Sara Ervin rehearse for their upcoming production. Submitted photo

The Harwood Prairie Playhouse (HHP) keeps dazzling the crowds and their 29th season will be no exception with their adaptation of “The Fox on the Fairway”  a tribute to the great English farces of the 30s and 40s according to playwright Ken Ludwig.

Performances will be featured March 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and March 10, 17 and 23 at 2 p.m. matinees, at Dawson  Hall, Bonanzaville, 1351 W. Main Ave., West Fargo.

“The Fox on the Fairway” will treat audiences to a hilarious romp as Quail Valley Country Club officials prepare to take on arch rival Crouching Squirrel in the annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. With a large wager at stake, the tourney plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, objectionable sweaters, and an exploding vase. The end result is a charming madcap adventure about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with golf.

Shanara Lassig is directing her third show, having also acted in four HPP productions since 2005. 

Cast members include: Sara Ervin as Muriel. This is Ervin’s first stage appearance with the group, serving as stage manager last year; Kari Holman as Parnela, new to the group with her last performance at the FMCT; David Lassig as Justin. Lassig is appearing in his 10th HHP performance, also writing three premiere shows performed; Jeff Rondeau as Dickie, marking his second show; Mark Seeba as Mr. Bingham, also returns for his second HPP show; and Missy Teeters as Louise is marking her third appearance.

A talented technical crew is 

also in place to assist wherever needed, many in dual roles. They include:  Technical director/set design/sound design - David Lassig; assistant technical director; Bret Beach; lighting design/light board operator - Michael Sunram; sound board operator - Shanara Lassig; costume design - Shanara Lassig and Linda Hinrichs; Box Office coordinator - Shanara Lassig; program ad sales - Kari Holman; and usher coordinator/house manager - Julia Straley.  

Lassig is excited about the upcoming performances in her role as director. “Collaborating with actors, working with the script, and making an enjoyable show for the audience is a great feeling.” She added that ““Fox on the Fairway” is one of the hardest shows HPP has done technical wise as it has more lighting and sound cues than we have had in previous shows.  As is usual with HPP shows there are a lot of  twists and turns in the show that the audience will love.”

She said the cast is also really enjoying themselves. “This last week of practice is always the most fun. It's where things start coming together and the actors start really getting Into their characters and becoming more brave in their characters.

This year’s total show numbers have been trimmed slightly from 11 to 10 performances.

The opening night reception will  be held after the first show on March 8 that will include refreshments and a meet and greet with cast, crew and director.

Senior citizen’s night has been moved to the last week featured March 21 with dessert served at 6:45 p.m. as well as the opportunity at the performance conclusion for another meet and greet with show members. Everyone is welcome to attend. Seniors 55 years and older will receive a $2 discount.

A special announcement regarding intentions for the 2014 performance will take place after the March 22 show, there will be prize give-ways, refreshments served and another opportunity to visit with the crew.

In conjunction with the 2014 performance a box office change will also be noted. Lassig said the new location will be Bonanzaville “so our patrons will be able to purchase their tickets just steps away from where they watch the show.”

Lassig said she would encourage anyone who enjoys a good performance to take in one of the upcoming shows, noting the HHP players are appreciative of past support. “We would like to thank all our patrons for the dedication they have shown us the past 29 years.  We truly believe Harwood has the best theatre audiences and we are fortunate to know that if we put on a good show, they will come.”

Tickets are $12 and available by calling the Box Office at the Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm at 701-298-6807 or by stopping by Yunker Farm at 1201 28th Ave. N., Fargo, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. A $1 donation is being made to the Children’s Museum for each ticket purchased. More information is available at