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'Scoundrels' come to Fort Totten

July 11, 2014

By Wade Rupard, Grand Forks Herald

July 11--The Fort Totten Little Theater performers feel right at home at the Fort Totten Historic Site.

After three years of the play being held at a local college, the performance returned to the Fort Totten Little Theater last year, which is located 13 miles south of Devils Lake.

Anna Lewing, the director of this year's performances of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," said it's good to be back in the smaller, inviting theater.

"The college is a fantastic atmosphere for a large audience, but the Fort Totten is such an intimate space," Lewing said. "It holds about 240 (audience members), so it's cozier. You're able to see all the actors' facial expressions. Even if you're sitting in the last row, you're still close to them."

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name about two con men trying to swindle a woman out of $50,000.

The theater has produced a musical every summer since 1963, and is located at the Fort Totten Historic Site. It has undergone some changes recently, with the stage being lowered about a foot, and the installation of a new lighting and sound system.

"People who want to be up close and personal have the real potential of getting a little bit of sweat or tears dripped on them," Lewing said. "The excitement is passed around a lot easier in such a small place. It definitely adds to the atmosphere."

The Fort Totten Little Theater's performances of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" began July 2. Lewing said audiences can expect a "light-hearted show" from the 24 cast and crew members who are fully involved in the production.

"It's a great show," Lewing said. "It's easy to follow, there's a lot of energy, bright colors and a lot of music. It's just a really fun time."

Since moving to Devil's Lake a few years ago, Lewing said she's amazed at how well the community comes out to support and encourage the annual play and the performers.

"It's always fun to see people from your community who you know up there singing and dancing," Lewing said.

Performances take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The shows continue until July 27. Reserved tickets cost $25.

Call Rupard at (701) 780-1122; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or send email to


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