The Blankenship sisters sing at May’s “Prom Night” themed show. Photo by Adam Wiltgen.
“Childhood” is the theme of the next Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mane Theatre in scenic Lanesboro. Songs like “Where the Toys Are,” “Playmate” and “Mama’s Soup Surprise” will each be part of an evening that will delight patrons both young and old with original skits, jokes, trivia, and sing-alongs.
July’s show features musical guest Ginger Bones, a folk and blues-inspired Americana singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, Minn. Ginger Bones is the stage name of Abby LeGare, a guitarist and pianist with a breathtakingly warm and soulful singing voice. In addition to writing songs about falling in love, Ginger Bones has a penchant for dusty, timeless narratives and bluesy, back-porch ballads. LeGare is also quick to point out the humanitarian focus of her music and her hope that not only the artist, but the audience can also take something with them after every performance.
Host Damon Prestemon utilizes his polished comedic chops and spot-on improvisational instincts to help bring out the best of the performers and guests on stage, as he and musical director Heidi Dybing keep the show moving with spontaneity, wit, and plenty of charm. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. and Michael McGrath and his grandson Xavier Peterson, both of Whalan, Minn., will provide pre-show music beginning at 7:10 p.m. July’s show also includes previews of Lanesboro Community Theater’s upcoming production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”
Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased online at www.lanesboroarts.org, in person at the Lanesboro Arts gallery (103 Parkway Avenue North), or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre — as available — beginning at 6:30 p.m. on show nights. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.
Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show is a program of Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Fridays of March through November in 2017. Upcoming shows include the “Wild West” on August 11 and “Summer Love” on September 8.
Every show is unique, with a different theme and brand new 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 other podcast services.