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MSU Summer Theatre commemorates 50 years

Minot State University’s Summer Theatre will celebrate its 50th season by producing five favorite shows. Two of the shows, “Nunsense” and “Greater Tuna,” will be performed by their original Summer Theatre casts. “Nunsense” will run June 9-13, “Annie” June 17-21, “Greater Tuna” June 26-30, “Little Shop of Horrors” July 7-11 and “The Music Man” July 21-25.

Sandra Nelson, Kari Files, Aili Smith, Kena Davidson and Nadine Nelson, original actors from the 2000 production of “Nunsense,” will reprise their roles this summer. Conrad Davidson, College of Arts and Sciences dean, will also return as director. Alumni Jeff Arlt and John Weninger will repeat their roles in “Greater Tuna.” Kevin Neuharth, alumnus and Summer Theatre director, will direct “Greater Tuna.” MSU students, faculty and staff and community members will be involved during the season as well.

Possessing a rich and extensive history, Summer Theatre started out as a tent theater and a dream of founders and former faculty members Harold Aleshire and Tom Turner. In 1971, it found its permanent home on a grass-lined hillside north of campus with the MSU Amphitheater. Projects throughout the five decades have improved the outdoor theater.

“Like every season, I'm really excited about getting started, but this season is special,” Neuharth said. “I'm looking forward to enjoying good weather, working with old friends and sharing a great season.”

All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with the box office opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and children over 12, $5 for children 12 and under, and $3 for MSU personnel and summer students with current MSU ID. There are also special rates for active military and their immediate dependent family members. For reservations, call 858-3228. For more information, contact Neuharth at






Published: 05/21/15

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