If you missed the SPA production of "The Music Man" this past weekend, you still can catch the only other show being presented by the Summer Performing Arts this season.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Red River High School's Performance Hall.
SPA is an educational theatre and music program for students in grades K-11.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for children and students. You can buy tickets at the RRHS box office; use Door 22 on the south side between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday or Friday. The box office also will be open 90 minutes before performances begin.
For more information, call (701) 746-2411 or go to www.spacompany.org.
In connection with performances, SPA does something extra to benefit the community. In recent years, donations have been gathered for local food pantries.
This summer, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary, the company decided to contribute much-needed personal and household items to the Community Violence Intervention Center. CVIC was chosen because an incidence of domestic violence is part of the "Carousel" story.
Friday at 5 p.m. is the deadline to make reservations for the fourth annual "Firemen's Ball," a major fundraiser for the Fire Hall Theatre.
The informal event, set for 6 p.m. July 27 at the Masonic Lodge in Grand Forks, includes "dinner, dancing, live theatre and decadent desserts," said Kathy Coudle-King, the theatre's executive director.
The event "is the antithesis of formal," she said. "Each year we have a costume theme. Not everyone wears a costume, but more than half do."
Dress as your favorite crime-fighter, such as James Bond, Wonder Woman or Sherlock Holmes, she said. "We anticipate capes and tights, and maybe even some spy-wear."
In her play, "Death by Chocolate," a who-done-it mystery; guests who identify the culprit can win a prize.
Actors include Terry Dullum, Paul Tandberg, Sandy Grissom, Tina Wilkening, Mare Thompson, Mark Diers, Patrick Pearson, B.J. Armani and Coudle-King.
For reservations, $65 per guest or $440 for tables of eight, call (701) 777-4090. Remember to say, "I am Batman," and you'll receive a discount.
The Concerts in the Garden series at the North Dakota Museum of Art continues Tuesday with a performance by Minneapolis musician Dave Simonett.
The Museum's sculpture garden provides a casual setting to listen to music and relax. Depending on the artist, you'll hear music that celebrates American roots, blues or rock.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy food from the outdoor grill. Beer, wine and rootbeer floats are available for purchase.
Other musicians coming to the Garden are Chastity Brown on Aug. 8 and Paul Cauthen on Aug. 29. Brown is from Minneapolis; Cauthen is from Tyler, Texas.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Opening act begins at 6 p.m.
Admission is $10. Children age 11 and younger are admitted free.