University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Find your thrill at the Fire Hall Theatre with Fallcreek April 5, 7

The smooth sounds of Fallcreek Quartet will transport listeners back to the 1950s and ‘60s, April 5 at 7 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m.   They will be joined at the Friday night performance by Whistlestop, a local women’s quartet.

Fallcreek, an a cappella quartet, is made up of Kevin Dean, Mark Diers, Rich Derrick, and Mark Magness. What began, back on News Year’s Eve of 1996, as a traditional barbershop quartet has evolved into a group that celebrates the doo-wop and rock and roll of the 1950s and 1960s. This is the music they loved as kids, music they still love today, and music that audiences--young and old alike—really seem to enjoy. It’s the music of the Platters, the Crew Cuts, the Monotones, the Beachboys, the Beatles, Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison—music that invites you to hum along and tap your toes. Enjoy a couple of hours of music that makes you smile…with Fallcreek.

A member of the quartet,Mark Magness, recently seen in the Community Theatre’s production of Don’t Hug Me, offered up the quartet for the theatre’s Brick-by-Brick fundraising campaign.  Funds are being raised to repair the tuck-pointing on the Fire Hall Theatre, the Community Theatre’s home.  The building, the second fire station in Grand Forks, is 108-year’s old.

The Community Theatre hopes to match a grant that will begin the repair of the outside of the building.  “The total cost is estimated at $100,000,” said Executive Director for the Community Theatre, Kathy Coudle-King.  “This is an extraordinary amount of money for our little organization to raise.  This year’s annual budget is a little over $104,000, but we know that preserving our building is a priority, not just for the Community Theatre, but for the community, itself.”  The Fire Hall Theatre, located behind the GF City Hall and north of Central High School, is a contributing factor to the historic downtown and is definitely a little “gem” hidden behind these larger buildings.  It’s easy to miss, but fans of great music should not.

Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, students, military or anyone who wears 1950s or ‘60’s attire.  Tickets are only available at the Fire Hall.  Box office opens 60 minutes before show time.