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Country Cruising to set sail March 13-16

Country Cruising, the world’s premier country cruise, will be docked at the Langdon Research Center starting Thursday, March 13.

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Posted on 3/8/14

By Amy Freier

The cruise will set sail each night (Thursday-Saturday) at 6 p.m. with a matinee cruise set for Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. This cruise will feature host Logan Masters, country superstar Gina Michaels and of course the contest for the Country Cruise Queen. Tickets to hop aboard this ship are currently on sale at Farmers and Merchant State Bank. Tickets can be purchased until the day of each cruise with Sunday’s tickets available at the door. Dinner and dessert will be served at the evening cruises.

Langdon’s Community Theater is excited to perform, “Country Cruising to Murder,” an interactive play set on the Country Cruise Line. This humorous, mysterious piece was written by David Moberg and produced by arrangement with NoTechTheatre.com. Cast members have been working since late January to ensure audience members have a laughter-filled evening.

“In my twenty years of drama experience, I’ve never encountered a script quite like this,” said cast member Michelle Bredeson. “I play one of five beauty contestants vying for the Queen of the Cruise title, and my character, Betsy, will do whatever it takes to get that crown. If you board the Country Cruise with us, I can guarantee mayhem, murder, and above all else, laughter.”

As in the past, Thursday-Saturday’s productions are part of a dinner theater with Sunday featuring the performance only. Thursday’s meal is Chicken Cordon Bleu; Friday is Battered Icelandic Cod; Saturday is Roast Beef.

Currently, tickets are on sale at Farmers and Merchants State Bank and will be on sale up until the night of each performance. Sunday’s tickets will be on sale at the door. Tickets for the evening shows are $25 and the matinee is $10.

Director Amy Freier said, “This year, as a cast we talked about doing something different, more interactive. We looked at possibly doing a play where the audience decides on the killer, but with our cast size, I couldn’t find one. Instead, we found a play that is interactive with audience members helping the contestants in their quest to become the Queen of the Country Cruise Line. The audience will even get to ask questions regarding a murder or murders and help to pick the winner of the contest. As a cast, it has been more challenging because of the unknown variables associated with the audience participation, but we are all excited to try something different.”

Freier stresses that while audience interaction is not required by everyone attending, the more participation given the better the play will be.

Cast members are Dan Lamping, Tim Goff, Garrett and Amy Freier, Jason Peterson, Michelle Bredeson, Sue Reiser, Deb Ryan, Katie Johnson, and Ashley Hennings.

Northern Lights Arts Council is sponsoring this event.