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Auditions to be held for comedy show in Perham

Novice to experienced actors are encouraged to audition for “A Don’t Hug Me County Fair,” a theatrical comedy produced by the History and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County.

Auditions will be held Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at the In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham.

“A Don’t Hug Me County Fair” is considered a musical, but the vocal demands are easy, according to Darla Ellingson, the history and cultural association’s CEO.

“Those of all experience levels are encouraged to apply,” she said, noting that the characters portrayed are adults, so the minimum age to audition is 16.

The show will be suitable for viewing by all ages.

The storyline of the comedy takes place during county fair time in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Several “beauties” are vying for the title of Miss Walleye Queen. Featured songs include, “If I Could Win Miss Walleye Queen,” “My Campfire is Burnin’ for You,” “Pontoon Ladies,” and “Our Butter Face Queen.”

The production is considered an ensemble cast, with roles for three males and two females. A perusal script will be available at the veterans museum one week prior to auditions.

Rehearsals will be held weekday early evenings between June 2 and July 11 with a break over the Fourth of July holiday. Performances will be July 12-13 and July 19-20. Help is also needed on the production crew.

The show will be directed by Rachel Lorenz. Lorenz graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a minor in Theatre Arts in 1988 and has been directing ever since. She has over 20 plays, musicals and one-acts to her credit.

Those wanting to audition are asked to RSVP to get additional information about what to bring, but drop-ins will be accepted. To RSVP for an audition, volunteer for the production crew, request a program sponsorship form or for other questions, email with “Don’t Hug Me” in the subject line.

The veterans museum may be reached at 346-7678.

The History and Cultural Association of East Otter Tail County is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that oversees the ITOW Veterans Museum, the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, and Pioneer Park.