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The cast for Minnesota’s premiere of “Mom’s Gift” includes from left, front, Julie Friday, Michael Johnson, Sharon Hartley, and back Mary Nelson, Dan Rohr, and Ann Collman. Shows are at 8 p.m. July 10-12 and 15-17 in the high school theater at Pequot Lakes. - photo submitted

Pequot Theater to present state premiere of comedy

Web posted June 16, 2014
Rehearsals are under way for a Minnesota premiere of the Pequot Lakes Community Theater production “Mom’s Gift” by Phil Olson.

Cast members are Michael Johnson of Crosby, Sharon Hartley of Baxter, Mary Nelson of Cushing, Ann Collman and Dan Rohr of Brainerd, and Julie Friday of Crosslake.

This heartwarming family comedy reminds us that forgiveness may be the simplest path to love. Mom has always taken good care of her family. She expects to go to heaven, but 11 months after she dies mom is still an earthbound ghost. Like Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings.

Performances are July 10, 11, 12 and 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. on the stage of the theater at Pequot Lakes High School.

This play, first performed six months ago in Los Angeles, has won numerous awards for playwright Olson. He has written three popular shows performed in recent summers on the PLCT stage.

“We are excited to bring this new play to our state,” said Director Nancy Waller of Breezy Point, who previously directed Olson’s “Crappie Talk,” “Don’t Hug Me” and “Don’t Hug Me County Fair” for Pequot Lakes Community Theater.

The production team for “Mom’s Gift” includes Stage Manager Meredith Bjorkquist and Technical Director Craig Friday, both of Crosslake; Set Designer Peter Herzog, Pequot Lakes; and Costumer Mary Chapp, Breezy Point.

Tickets are available by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Information is available at www.glapa.info , the web site for Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts.

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