Community concert held to give Memorial Hall a lift

What’s better than a little entertainment? Entertainment for a good cause.


By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor |

What’s better than a little entertainment? Entertainment for a good cause.

‘It’s a Winter Wonderland in New England’ is coming to the Memorial Hall on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1. The Feb. 28 performance starts at 7 p.m. and the March 1 show starts at 2 p.m. A reception will follow on both days.

The variety show was put together by Nancy Belland, Julie Opdahl and Nancy Gussey.

In October 2014, Ruth Fitterer, who has spearheaded the elevator project at the Memorial Hall, approached them about putting on a musical show with the hopes of raising money for the project.

From there Opdahl, Belland and Gussey took the wheel. Opdahl is the Musical Director, Belland is the Artistic Director and Nancy Gussey is the Stage Manager.

Originally wanting to hold the performances in early winter, the show was slated as a Christmas concert. But scheduling conflicts forced the show to be rescheduled for the end of February and the first of March. Belland thought it was the perfect time to hold a winter show and it was rebranded appropriately as the ‘Winter Wonderland.’

Belland said that all of the money made from both performances will all be given back to the Memorial Hall project.

“100 percent of all proceeds go to the elevator fund for the Memorial Hall,” Belland said.

The musical numbers will be performed by artists from around the area. It is going to be a mixture of adult male and females performing, along with child performances. Some are solo acts and some are group numbers with a few duets.

Belland said they wanted children in the act because the kids utilize the hall just as much as the adults do.

The performance includes eight solo acts, four group acts, two duets and three children’s performances. The performers include: Mike Madler with his wife Leah, Julie Opdahl, Susan Peterson, Grace Bieber, Karen Crawford, Teegan Nelson, Bryson Frank, Mark and Adison Fitterer, Allana Crawford, Mark Koller, Ali Herberholz, Anna Eisenbarth, Nancy Belland, Brady Rustan, Jim Erickson, Jodi Moore, Scott Bieber, Vic Dvorak, Lyn Hewson and Erin Ehlis.

Assisting with the production is Mayor Marty Opdahl who will run the sound, and Steven Gussey who will assist with stage managing.

Belland also added that many members of the community have extended a helping hand by donating decorations and dessert bars for the reception that follows both performances. She also said there were many individuals that helped clean the Memorial Hall and set up chairs.

Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $8 for students K-12. An optional free will offering will also be available for those wanting to give to the renovation project.

“It’s just going to be a lovely evening of hometown entertainment,” Belland said. “And it will be enjoyable for all ages.”

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