- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The newest season of the community theatre group Dakota Stage is scheduled to kick off next month in Bismarck with a theme that will be looking at history through humor and humor through history.

The company will open the season Oct. 9 with Tony award-winning “Boeing, Boeing,” a farce set in the 1960s that focuses on a bachelor and his three different fiancees, the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1mwNiaH ) reported.

“It’s such a frothy, naughty little play that plays with the current love affair with the 60s,” Christopher Zinovitch, Dakota Stage artistic director, said of Marc Camoletti’s play.

The executive director of the group, Amber Rae Bernhart, said each season must have at least one comedy, drama, holiday and musical show.

“The exciting challenge is to come up with a way to put those varieties of genres in the season with a cohesive style,” she said.

The season will continue with “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” ”Time Stands Still” and “I Hate Hamlet.” It will end with the musical “Bonnie & Clyde” by Frank Wildhorn, which will be the largest production of the season with 20 actors involved.

Bernhart told the newspaper that the role of the community theater is not just to entertain, but to educate and inspire people. The company will host a gathering on the Tuesday before each show to discuss with the community the creation, themes and details of the play. It will also host forums on the Sunday after the first performance of each show for a post-show discussion.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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