As fall rolls on, the arts and entertainment events are starting in full swing. With concerts, plays and even a radio drama going on, there isn't a shortage of things to do around the region.
The Southwest Minnesota State University theater department just opened the emotional "The Triangle Fire Factory Project," this past Thursday. I'll admit that I never knew about this tragedy that killed 146 people in New York City until its 100th anniversary. I remember seeing a story in the AP wire, and I believe I put it on a page somewhere. This particular script details what was going on during that time period, the fire itself and the aftermath and then the trial of the factory owners. It's scary to think about what those people went through trying to escape. Several basically jumped to their death. It was a horrible incident, but it did lead to change. It plays tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre and then again at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Marshall Area Stage Company is doing a serial radio drama with "The Scarlet Pimpernel" at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. I want to say that I read the book for fun several years ago (I was going through a "reading the classics" kick), but I never really retained what it was about. It takes place in the late 1700s in Paris, just after the start of the French Revolution. The story is about Sir Percy Blakeney, a hero with a secret identity - the Scarlet Pimpernel. He rescues those who are sentenced to death by the guillotine.
Two area choruses are presenting concerts this weekend as well. The Song of the Prairie Chorus, based in Marshall, is doing "Barbershop on Broadway" at 7 p.m. today in the United Church of Christ in Granite Falls and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tracy Lutheran Church. The concert also features the quartet Popular Demand. I swung by the chorus' rehearsal Tuesday night for some photos and got to see and hear what's in store for the concerts. Even though there are only 11 members, they have plenty of sound and enthusiasm. And looking for new members as well.
The Buffalo Ridge Chorale is performing the concert "Timeless" at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. John Cantius Church in Wilno. The Chorale will sing sacred pieces by Haydn and Mozart, as well as "Wade in the Water." In the few years since its inception, the Chorale has grown to 40 singers from a dozen communities in the Minnesota/South Dakota border area. This concert will also feature four students from Augustana College performing the solos in Beethoven's "Kyrie."