After three years of the play being held at a local college, the performance returned to the
"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
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."
"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
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