Diana Lawrence and Bonnie Hulsing performing at last month’s “On Broadway” show.

‘Surfin’ USA’ theme for Lanesboro’s variety show on Friday, July 12, featuring Jillian Rae


Celebrated vocalist and fiddle player Jillian Rae  is July’s musical guest.
Celebrated vocalist and fiddle player Jillian Rae is July’s musical guest.

“Surfin’ USA” is the theme of the next Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. Songs like “Surfer Girl,” “Surf City” and “Surfin’ Safari” will each be part of a tubular evening that also includes jokes, stories, and sing-alongs.

July’s show features musical guest Jillian Rae, a versatile singer-songwriter and violinist drawing upon roots, rock, and Americana. Rae will be in Lanesboro all week for a mini-residency at Lanesboro Arts that culminates in a concert with a full band at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, July 13. She has invited members of the variety show cast to join her on stage to provide vocal accompaniment on one of her songs. Interested individuals of all ages are encouraged to join Rae at a rehearsal with cast members on July 9 at 7 p.m. and/or July 12 at 5:30 p.m. Lanesboro Arts’ Performing Artist Engagement Program is made possible by a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Host Damon Prestemon continues to propel the 25th season forward with his rapid-fire wit and keen improvisational instincts that keep the show fresh and fun. Lanesboro Arts’ own Adam Wiltgen will serve as this month’s musical director, accompanying the all-volunteer cast on his beach-friendly Danelectro guitar throughout the show. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. with Ted Hajnasiewicz, a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, Minn., providing pre-show musical entertainment beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show is produced by Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Fridays of March through November in 2019. Upcoming shows include “Anniversaries” on August 9 and “50 Nifty States” on September 13. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased online at www.lanesboroarts.org, in person at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery at 103 Parkway Avenue North, or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre — as available — beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the show. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.

Every show is unique, with a different theme and fresh material. Each show is also broadcast on Winona State University’s KQAL 89.5FM on the Wednesday five days after the show at 6 p.m. (also available for streaming at www.KQAL.org). Additionally, Over the Back Fence is published as a podcast on the iOS Podcasts app and many other podcast services.

Over the Back Fence sponsors help to make the affordable ticket prices possible.


Lanesboro Arts’ mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information call 507-467-2446, email info@lanesboroarts.org or go to www.lanesboroarts.org.


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