Performing Arts – February 9 – Brainerd Dispatch

Pequot Lakes Community Theater Presents “Recommended Reading for Girls”

Performances of “Recommended Reading for Girls,” a heartwarming comedy-drama by Ellen Struve, will be held in the auditorium of Pequot Lakes High School.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 11 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200, or at the door one hour before the show starts.

“Recommended Reading for Girls” centers on Amy Saunders, who already has a lot on her mind when she arrives at her childhood home. Reeling from a recent layoff and a broken heart, she stays behind to help her mother through a round of chemo.

The Pequot Lakes Community Theater cast of “Recommended Reading for Girls” rehearses.

Contributed / Joell Tvedt

Somehow, all of the heroines from Amy’s favorite childhood novels, from ‘A Little Princess’ to ‘Heidi’, have appeared in her house – and just to make matters even more perplexing, his sister, Jackie, can see them too.

“Recommended Reading for Girls” is a winning love letter to family and literature that is brimming with humor and heart, officials say. This show is recommended for audiences 12 and up due to some examples of mature language and subject matter.

This current Pequot Lakes Community Theater production is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, through a statutory appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tribute to Neil Diamond postponed to June

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center has announced the new date for the postponed January 21 concert of “I Am…He Said: A Celebration of the Music of Neil Diamond.”

The postponed concert will take place at 7 p.m. on June 11 at the Gichi-Ziibi Arts Center in Brainerd.

Tickets for the January 21 concert will be honored at the door for the June 11 concert performed by Matt Vee, family and friends.

With songs like “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue” and “Sweet Caroline”, Diamond has sold over 100 million records worldwide.

This nostalgic celebration features Vee, nephew of late 1960s pop star and teen idol Bobby Vee.

Masking and voluntary social distancing protocols in the auditorium will be in effect. For more information, visit