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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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Now displaying: 2017
Nov 13, 2017

There's no play like it on our FUN & GAMES show with songs like "Somebody Come and Play with Me," "Follow the Leader," and "Fun, Fun, Fun." The Brokken & Davis Comedy Minute returns and The Lanesboro Innkeepers share a witty story in advance of the annual Christmas Inn Tour. Musical guest is Lanesboro's own Rutabaga Brothers, an upbeat and danceable R & B combo that puts taps in your toes and smiles on your faces. Sponsor interviews are Coffee Street Fitness and Preston, Harmony, and Rushford Foods IGA stores. A quiz show and a sing along of "See You Later Alligator" round out the show.

Oct 16, 2017

SPIRITS will lift you up with songs like “Spirit in the Sky,” “The Cat Came Back," "I Put a Spell on You" and “Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wild Women.” Steph & Drew share some spooky jokes, while Sandy shares a bit of "The Essex Serpent." Musical guest is Ray Sands & the Polka Dots, a MN polka legend that has played the Kennedy Center, A Prairie Home Companion and the International Polka Festival in Austria. Sponsor interviews are Green Gables Inn and Paul Hamann from the High Court Pub. A quiz show and a sing along of "Beer Barrel Polka" round out the show.

Sep 11, 2017

SUMMER LOVE comes to Lanesboro with songs like “Sealed with a Kiss,” “Walking on Sunshine” and “Summertime Blues.” Steph shares a story about "Camp Love," while Heidi, Phil and Aleah preview History Alive! pop-up plays. Musical guest is the CBB Jazz Combo, a group of members of the Chatfield Brass Band that have been active performers in the area since 2011. Sponsor interviews are Chelsey Claussen of The Bite and Chuck Aug of F&M Community Bank. A quiz show and a sing along of “In the Good Old Summertime” round out the show.

Aug 14, 2017

We going straight to the wild WILD WEST with songs like "Cattle Call," "Don't Fence Me In" and "Rawhide." Bonnie and Joel share some sage western witticisms, while Gary brings us to Cowboy Church. Musical guest is the Iowa Cowboy Orchestra, a reunited country and western band with roots at Wartburg College. Sponsor interviews are Ken Graner from Merchants Bank and Annie Hejny, artist in residence at Lanesboro Arts. A quiz show and sing along of "Home on Range" rounds out the show.

Jul 17, 2017

Childhood is the bee's knees with songs like “Where the Toys Are,” “Playmate” and “Mama’s Soup Surprise.” Mark, Elaine, Bill, Karen, Steve, & Susie share their favorite television memories from childhood while Glen, Bonnie, Maureen, Diana, Karen, & Eve have a new take on nursery rhymes.  Musical Guest is Ginger Bones, a folk and blues-inspired Americana singer-songwriter from the Twin Cities. Sponsor interviews are Tara Johnson from the Lanesboro Public Library and Barry Churchill from Bluff Country Computer Works. A sing along medley of children's songs rounds out the show.

Jun 12, 2017

 

The dirty 1930s return with songs like “Puttin' On the Ritz,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Goodnight, Irene.” Harvey shares his wisdom while Diana, Bill, Bonita, Mark and Elaine stage a radio drama. Musical Guest Shen Teh, a piano-driven indie rock quartet from La Crosse, WI with a new album out, is led by vocalist and pianist Lara Olson, who moved from her home country Germany to live in the United States in 2011. Sponsor interviews are Mark Bishop of Niagara Cave and Eileen Moeller of Great River Shakespeare Festival. An animated quiz show and a sing along of "You Are My Sunshine" round out the show.

 

May 15, 2017

Cut loose at the prom night show with songs like “Born Too Late,” “It's Raining on Prom Night” and “In the Still of the Night.” Musical guest Sleeping Jesus, a sunny indie rock band from Winona, MN led by soft-spoken hopeless romantic Nick Elstad. Sponsor Interviews are Jason Sethre from Visit Bluff Country Magazine, Jennie Deiterman from Eagle Bluff Skills School, and Tammy Hughes of the Whalan Stand Still Parade. A prom quiz and a sing along of  “I Could Have Danced All Night” round out the show.

Apr 27, 2017

"Hats & Shoes" adourn the show with songs like Songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet” and “Little Old Lady.” Bonnie and Joel share some fashionable poetry and Ole & Lars show their sense of style. Musical guest is The Medicine Brothers, a talented roots music group from Viroqua, WI with distinctive vocals and powerful group harmonies. New York City based composer and guitarist Jacinta Clusellas, an April artist-in-residence at Lanesboro Arts, will also join the Back Fence ladies on stage for an original arrangement of “Night in the City” by Joni Mitchell. Sponsor interviews are Scott Taylor from Pedal Pushers Cafe and Andy Batstone from Batstone CPA. A fashion show and a sing along of "Easter Parade" round out the show.

Mar 22, 2017

"Black & White" is the theme of the 1st show of the 23rd Season, kicking off with songs like "White Cliffs of Dover," "Blackbird," and "Black Magic Woman." Ole and Lars return with new dance moves, Heidi provides some Fillmore Facts, and Steph & Pete nail some jokes. Musical guest is Chuck Lahr & the Purdy River Band, a traditional bluegrass quartet based in Iowa and Preston, MN. Sponsor interviews are Lori Bakke from Granny's Liquors and Tom Manion - Attorney at Law. A quiz show about celebrities with the last names "Black" and "White" and a sing along of "Ebony and Ivory" round out the show.

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