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Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show

Produced by LANESBORO ARTS, Over the Back Fence is a monthly variety show that has recorded in front of a live audience since 1994! Hosted by Damon Prestemon and showcasing a talented local cast, regional musicians and other guests, Over the Back Fence features a new theme and material each month with music, jokes, skits, poems, stories, sponsor interviews, audience participation, spontaneous humor, sing along songs and more. For more, visit: http://lanesboroarts.org/st-mane-theatre/over-the-back-fence/
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Dec 5, 2016

H2O makes a splash with songs like "Wade in the Water," "Cry me a River," and "Trickle Trickle." The Lanesboro Innkeepers share a hilarious skit on the 2016 Holiday Inn Tour, Don and Kay each share thoughtful water stories, Robin and Peter sing a poignant song about the Lanesboro Dam, and Adam rants (and rants) about all the activities happening in Lanesboro next January and February for the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition. Musical guest is The Vintage Tones of Spielzeiten Und Pausen, a cover band that performs favorites from the 50s, 60s, & 70s, as well as deep tracks by the Beatles, the Everlys, & Roy Orbison. Sponsor interviews are Sandy from Coffee Street Fitness and Tim from IGA Food Stores of Preston, Harmony, and Rushford. A sing along of "Splish Splash" rounds out the show.

Oct 31, 2016

CREEPY CRAWLIES get under your skin with songs like “Jeepers Creepers”, “The Glow-Worm”, and "That’ll be the Day" (by the Crickets). Stephanie busts myths about spiders, George returns with more poetic wisdom, and the gang shares "creepy things kids say." Musical guest is The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, a country music duo from Soliders Grove, Wisconsin that bring a light musical touch and a great sense of humor to their performances, along with their distinctive and tight dueling vocal harmonies. Sponsor interviews are Gil-B's Pizza and Sandwich Shoppe and Kara Maloney from Lanesboro Arts. A "Bug Trivia" quiz show and “The Ants Go Marching" sing along round out the show.

Oct 5, 2016

THE FIVE SENSES bring a sensory overload with songs like “I Heard it through the Grapevine”, “Til There was You”, and “Put on a Happy Face." Peggy Hanson preaches the gospel of Happy Talk, Stephanie takes us on a naturalist hike, and George shares more poetic wisdom. Musical guest Mike Munson, an accomplished and versatile bluesman from Winona, MN whose driving electric adaptation of the Delta blues (which interweaves bass and melody lines on the slide guitar à la John Lee Hooker) is bolstered by a more humble and unaffected vocal style. Minneapolis poet John Krumberger shares two poems from his new collection, Because Autumn. Sponsor interviews are the Chuck Aug from F&M Community Bank and Jennie LaRoche from the Eagle Bluff Skills School. A "Smell It!" quiz show and "Put on a Happy Face" sing along round out the show.

Aug 26, 2016

UPSIDE DOWN & INSIDE OUT shakes things up quite a bit with songs like “So Long, Farewell”, “Orange Colored Sky”, and “Good Morning.” Bonnie & Joel share some silly poems, Adam & Pete tell some colorful doctor jokes and Dan recites the Backwards Collected Works of Wm. Shakespeare. Musical guest Jake Manders is Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter, guitarist & harmonica player connected to his emotions and things less tangible. He is joined by fiddle player Gretta Hunstiger. Popular storyteller and humorist Al Batt from the Austin, MN area returns to the show to tell a facinatingly funny, yet deep story from his youth. Sponsor interviews are Mark Bishop from Niagara Cave and Lori Bakke from Granny's Liquors.

Jul 28, 2016

Dive into COMICBOOKS & SUPER HEROES with songs like “Mighty Mouse”, “I Need a Hero”, and “Casper the Friendly Ghost.” Bill and Karen explore the relationship of Lois Lane and Clark Kent, Bonita shares her comicbook memories, and George and his grandkids are back with some super jokes. Musical guest Moth Mountain, a folk-rock power trio based out the La Crosse, WI area showcases a sound defined by singer and songwriter Joe Dawson’s vocal prowess. Sponsor interviews are Barry Churchill of Bluff Country Computerworks and Lanesboro BP + S&A Petroleum. A particularly lively quiz game and a sing along of "Ally Oop" round out the show.

Jul 1, 2016

Bring yo BLING with songs like “Diamonds and Pearls”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and  “Silver Threads and Golden Needles.” George and his grandkids serve up some bling themed jokes and quotes, while Bonnie provides thematic thematic trivia. Musical guests Allison Alden and Ryan Lee absolutely wow the crowd with Allison's powerful and impressive singing. Lively sponsor interviews with Emily Kurash from GRSF (feat. Shakespeare trivia), Tara Johnson from Lanesboro Public Library (and "super reader" Sawyer) and Scott Taylor from Pedal Pushers Cafe. The show is wrapped up with Diane's Delectable Dessert Quiz Show and a sing along of "You are my Sunshine."

Jun 1, 2016

Everything is all YELLOW this month with songs like "Yellow Submarine," "Chiquita Banana," "Mellow Yellow," and "Yellow Brick Road." Jane Peck orates the familiar William Wordsworth poem "Daffodils" while Joel and Bonnie provide a humorous & detailed history of dandelions. Musical guest RavensFire, a trio from Spring Valley, MN that recently returned from their third tour of Ireland, shares their intense passion for traditional Irish music. Sponsor interviews include Ken Graner of Merchants Bank, John Smith from Cedar Valley Resort, and Eric Bridge head chef at Riverside on the Root Restaurant. The show concludes with an audience sing along of "You are my Sunshine."

Apr 14, 2016

The 1970s boogie back this month with songs like "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree", "Stayin' Alive", and "At Seventeen." Pete Keith as the "Trusty Tax Man" makes a surprise guest appearance while Rick Nance touts "Pat Paulsen for President". Musical guest The Rutabaga Brothers share their love of classic electric blues, while the Dubious Cowgirls provides pre-show music (added to the end of the recording). Sponsor interviews with Derek Berg Financial Services of Rushford and Walter Bradley of Thrivent Financial. Audience participation continues with a Lanesboro version of "Let's Make a Deal."

Mar 14, 2016

As this month's motif, The Letter M moves the show in a myriad of directions with songs like "Marry the Man Today", "Maybelline", and "May You Always." Miss Myrna makes a guest appearance to muse on Monarchs, while Sandy Webb reflects on the Mayflies. Musical guest Amanda Grace shares her massive talent and story as a MN Mom on Music Mission, while Helen Johnson provides pre-show music (added to the end of the recording). Sponsor interviews with Jason Sethre of "Boots & Badges" and Tom Manion - Attorney at Law. Audience participation continues with the "Starts with M" quiz and the show concludes is a maniacal rendition of Monster Mash.

Mar 14, 2016

Our "College Night" show features a skit about roommates, a song about what to do with a degree in English, a medley of school songs, jokes, a college cheer, “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” sung by Bebe & Pete Keith and Randy Wilson, and more. ALSO: The audience participation quiz to win Diane’s Delectable Desserts returns, sponsor interviews with Preston Foods IGA and Pedal Pushers Café, and music by blues band the Rutabaga Brothers.

Mar 9, 2016

A ‘Murder Mystery’ theme keeps audience members guessing during the October 2015 show. In a murder mystery skit that is woven throughout the whole show, the ‘Suspects’ will sing the songs, including “Delta Dawn”, “Travelin’ Man”, “Leroy Brown”, “Mack the Knife”, “Maybe I know”, and more. Host Damon Prestemon will keep the show rolling, along with Curt Peterson on the keyboard. Also featured will be Diane’s Delectable Desserts; musical guest Steven Schmidt of Rochester; jokes and a poem; and visits with representatives from sponsors F&M Community Bank, Bluff Country Computer Works, and Thrivent Financial. The audience joins Bebe Keith and cast members in the show finale of “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun”.

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