Special theater production headed to Minot, Williston

North Dakota Governor’s School, Theatre B and North Dakota State University’s Department of Theatre Arts will present “Big Love,” a romantic comedy by Charles L. Mee, as part of North Dakota Governor’s School in Performing Arts, in Minot and Williston.

As part of a statewide tour, the show will be performed on Wednesday, July 9, in Minot at the Oak Park bandshell, and on Thursday, July 10, at Harmon Park in Williston. Both shows are at 6 p.m.

All performances are free and open to the public. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn blankets and chairs.

“Big Love” is the story of 50 brides who flee their 50 grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world’s oldest plays, “The Danaids” by Aeschylus. The 50 grooms catch up with the brides, and mayhem ensues. Grooms arrive by helicopter, brides throw themselves over and over again to the ground, grooms throw saw blades into the sides of buildings, and pop songs and romantic dances abound. And, in the end, there may be the opportunity for the one Big Love.

The show features area performers including: Monica Anderson, Travis Barnes and Katya Verbitsky, all of Minot; Linda Dietz of Williston; Kelsey Guttormson of Tioga; and Mason Wede of Carrington. Brad Delzer of Douglas is a member of the production team.

North Dakota Governor’s School is a six-week residential program for scholastically motivated high school sophomores and juniors. Students live, work and have fun on NDSU’s campus while receiving high-quality, intensive instruction through class experiences, labs, field trips and other activities, according to a press release. The state of North Dakota funds the cost of participation for North Dakota students.