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GREATER GRAND FORKS COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTSTHE FIREMAN’S BALL
It will be red and black all over when the Greater Grand Forks Com-munity Theatre celebrates its 65th season at the Empire Arts, NewYear’s Eve. The Community Theatre, which calls the Fire Hall Theatrehome, is hosting a celebration for everyone in the region who appre-ciates live performance and opportunities for amateurs to step intothe spotlight from time to time. The Greater Grand Forks CommunityTheatre is listed as one of the longest running community theatres inthe nation. It acquired the Fire Hall in 1982, moving into the buildingin 1983, and saving it from demolition. “Community Theatre mem-bers saved the building, and it is now listed as a contributing factorto the historic downtown in Grand Forks, “ stated Executive Director,Kathy Coudle-King.The “Fireman’s Ball” will be filled with Encore Performances by actorsand singers from previous seasons, dancing to a DJ, and karaoke.“While some may only know karaoke from hearing their Uncle Alget up at their cousin’s wedding and slurring through “Love Shack,”these theatre folk are good!” assured Ms. Coudle-King. In additionto the entertainment, there will be delicious food prepared by Chef Justin Welsh (of the ND Museum of Art Café) and a cash bar tendedby Rhombus Guys. Organizers are also advertising the “VenetianHour” at 11 p.m. They refuse to reveal what this is, only saying it’s“decadent” and will involve masks. Intriguing.Additionally, everyone (21 and older) will receive a complimentaryglass of champagne at midnight. There are said to be other antics inthe works as well. Sounds like a unique way to close the year.While the event is definitely a celebration of the Community The-atre’s longevity, it’s also a fundraiser. “Our theatre building is 107-years old. This means it is in constant need of TLC. Right now ourbiggest concern is the brick work on the building. It’s in dire need of tuck pointing, so any funds we can raise will be put towards this mostbasic need – bricks and mortar repair,” said Ms. Coudle-King.Adults and teens are welcome to join in the fun, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tick-ets are $35 or two for $65, or a table for 6 can be booked for $195and they will receive a complimentary bottle of wine or champagnefor the table. Must reserve by Dec. 14th, though, to insure there’splenty of food for all in attendance.They are also offering a $20 admission, beginning at 10:30, whichwon’t include the nibbles by Chef Welsh but will include the “Venet-ian Hour.” Attire: theatrical, formal, casual – whatever you prefer –they simply ask you wear black or red.Call 746-0847 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for whatsounds like an exceptional New Year’s eve event. Also, donations tothe theatre are greatly appreciated and can be sent to GGFCT – 412N 2nd Avenue, GF, ND 58203 with “Bricks” on the envelope.for more information: GGFCT.com / email@example.com