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Village Arts presents ‘Last Call at Chez Mort’

By Staff | Aug 1, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT Playgoers at last year’s 1920s-themed Village Arts dinner theater production eye desserts up for auction. Guests at this year’s production, set in the 1940s, are welcome to dress up for the event.

Find a fedora and brush up on victory roll hairstyles a 1940s murder mystery is coming to Rugby Thursday, Aug. 13.

Rugby’s Village Arts, Inc. will present “Last Call at Chez Mort,” a dinner theater production set in the 1940s, at the new Village Arts Center at 402 Second Street Southwest.

“The event will start with a social at 6 p.m.,” Village Arts President Bonnie Berginski said.

“Dinner will be served by Stephanie Halvorson of Balta Bar and Grill,” she said.

Steak Gorgonzola will be the dinner’s entr.

“There will also be a cash bar provided by 3rd Street Station,” Berginski said.

“The event is our annual fundraiser,” Berginski noted. “There’s a dessert auction. We will feature desserts made by area bakers. It’s kind of friendly competition, just to see whose dessert raises the most money.”

“This will be our third year (presenting a dinner theater production),” Berginski said.

Village Arts produced a murder mystery fundraiser last year with a 1920s theme, she said.

“The audience last year really got into the 1920s theme. They dressed up. So, if the audience wants to dress up again to be part of the show in the 1940s era theme, there will be prizes for the best-dressed audience members,” Berginski said.

“Everybody was looking forward to this year’s (production) and they asked us if we’d do it more than once a year,” Berginski added. “We tried to do that, but things kind of fell through with the COVID and everything. We rescheduled it and kind of scaled it back so we didn’t have quite as many tables. We’re trying to take precautions there. People will be seated with people they know. We’ll be setting out hand sanitizers and that kind of thing,” Berginski added.

“The tables will be distanced apart somewhat,” she added.”We don’t require you wear a mask, but you can.”

Berginski added, “The money that we raise with these fundraisers goes to fund our symphony orchestra; our community choir; our children’s choir; dance programs; of course, our summer theater, and we had been planning to do summer theater this year and that of course was canceled.”

“We’ve got an art class that has started. We’re planning a ukulele choir. That was planned for this summer and pushed back because of COVID. But that’s an exciting and fun thing to do,” Berginski said.

Adult and youth choirs and musicians from Village Arts performed at Rugby’s Crazy Days celebration earlier this month.

“We envision being able to do art galleries In the future,” she added.

“Plus, with this new building, we require money to maintain the building, for the electrical bill, those kinds of expenses,” Berginski said, explaining why fundraisers are vital to keep Village Arts going. “We want to get more activities going on there, but of course, (the pandemic) happens, and we have to find ways to work around it.”

Only a few tickets were left for the event as of July 28. Berginski recommended calling 681-1656 for more information.

“We absolutely welcome donations,” Berginski added.

Donations may be sent to Village Arts, Inc., P.O. Box 413, Rugby, North Dakota, 58368.

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