July 26, 2008

Out With ‘Brides,’ in With ‘Love’

By Paulette Tobin, Grand Forks Herald, N.D.

Jul. 26--It's out with "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and in with "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" for the Crimson Creek Players this summer in Grand Forks.

Earlier this year, Crimson announced it would present the musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 12-15 at Empire Arts Center.

That show has been scrapped, and instead, Crimson will present "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a musical that the Greater Grand Forks Community Theater performed at the Empire in February 2007.

This summer's production -- which will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5-8 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 -- will have a four-member cast, all of whom also acted in the 2007 show, which had a cast of six.

Difficulty in casting was one reason for the change, Klipfel said. There is a lot of summer theater in the area, which can make it difficult to find enough actors and the right actors for a show.

"Part of it was the talent pool was spread more thin," he said. "It just became impossible to do 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.'"

That show would have taken a cast of 24, he said.

"I Love You" will feature four players, Debra Berger, Darin Kerr, Jared Kinney and Misti Koop, all well-known for the many roles they've played in area theater productions. For instance, all four now have roles in "Les Miserables," which will wrap up its season Aug. 2 at Frost Fire Theatre near Walhalla, N.D.

Audience request was another reason to reprise "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," Klipfel said.

"Last time we showed it (in February 2007), the weather was terrible. It was during those ridiculous snowstorms and the interstate was shut down," he said. "This time, we shouldn't have to worry about that."

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is an ensemble show in which each player has more than one part in vignettes based on the secret thoughts many lovers have about dating, romance and marriage but are afraid to admit.

Love may be grand, but it's also full of agonies and triumphs in this show. With songs such as "Cantata For a First Date,""Why? Cause I'm a Guy" and "Marriage Tango," the revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance and to those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?" a news release said.

The show will be directed by its players, and co-produced by Klipfel and Job Christenson, who is performing at the Medora (N.D.) musical this summer.

Reach Tobin at (701) 780-1134; (800) 477-6572, ext. 134; or send e-mail to [email protected]


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