It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as not only the decorations that have been hung with care are being showcased but also local talent in holiday shows.
By Melissa Anderson
The Peter Foss and Friends Holiday Extravaganza is set to put everyone in a holly jolly mood with their holiday music on December 2, 3 and 4 at the Robert Fawcett Auditorium on the Lake Region State College campus.
The show’s proceeds will be used to benefit the Fort Totten Hospital restoration project.
While there is a whole slew of talented individuals including adults and children, singers and dancers, there are two names that will stand out to those in the area. Two Langdon locals, Emily Braunberger and Lisa Schuler, will be singing and playing their way through beloved holiday songs.
Schuler will be accompanying Braunberger on two selections, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let it Go”.
“It has been a pleasure working with Emily to prepare these pieces for the Holiday Show,” Schuler shared.
Schuler will also be playing the piano in an ensemble that will open up the show and will play on another song that will be featured in the second portion of the show. Some of the other members in the ensemble are Rick Senger and Bill Schuler of Devils Lake on guitars.
“I attended the show last year and just had to be a part of it this year,” Schuler explained, “I am more of a collaborative musician and really love creating music with others so accompanying Emily and playing in the ensemble will be great fun for me.”
This will be Braunberger’s first year performing in the show. She was asked by Julie Schuler to be part of the holiday show after working with Braunberger on the Fort Totten Little Theater production of S”hrek the Musica”l this past summer.
“I am really excited to be part of the fundraiser,” Braunberger said.
Peter Foss may be another name that sparks recognition as he played the character of Donkey in “Shrek the Musical” this summer with Braunberger.
“He has done a lot of shows at Fort Totten Little Theater as well as Frost Fire Summer Theater,” Braunberger said, “Peter is hilarious and an amazing guy to work with. I am anticipating a lot of comedy from him for the show.”
Foss will serve as the MC for this show and also will be performing within the show itself.
There will be lots of Christmas songs and other fun musical numbers. A great holiday event for an amazing cause. The price of tickets is sure to be money well spent.
“I hope people can come to hear the great talent we have in the Devils Lake and Langdon area and to help raise money through ticket sales for the Fort Totten fundraiser,” Schuler stated.
This will be the second fundraiser holiday show put on by the group known as the Fort Totten State Historical Site Foundation which is sponsoring this show.
“Last year’s was a great hit, and many requested for this to be an annual event,” Julie Schuler, a board member of the Fort Totten State Historical Society, said, “We don’t expect that to happen, but because we are fundraising for the renovation of the hospital at Fort Totten State Historic Site, we agreed to do one more.”
The show is structured as a variety show with musical numbers by many local performers in various areas of the arts from singing to dancing and playing of instruments. Peter Foss has brought together the best the area has to offer onto one stage to get everyone into the holly, jolly Christmas spirit.
“Peter Foss is a local performer who has done a great deal of acting and serving as an emcee for shows,” Schuler stated.
Be sure to get your tickets for the Peter Foss and Friends Holiday Extravaganza. General admission is $20 per ticket, and there is a business/group rate for 10 or more. Tickets at this rate are $15 per ticket. For more information please call Annette at 701-662-1151 or Julie at 701-294-3200.