Go surfin’ during July Over the Back Fence in Lanesboro


Diana Lawrence, at left, and Bonnie Hulsing perform during the June Over the Back Fence “On Broadway” show.

“Surfin’ USA is the theme of the next Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show presented by Lanesboro Arts on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro.

Songs like "Surfer Girl," "Surf City" and "Surfin’ Safari" will be part of a tubular evening that also includes jokes, stories and sing-alongs.

July’s show features musical guest Jillian Rae, a versatile singer-songwriter and violinist drawing upon roots, rock and Americana. She will be in Lanesboro all week for a mini-residency at Lanesboro Arts that culminates in a concert with a full band at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, July 13. She has invited members of the variety show cast to join her on stage to provide vocal accompaniment on one of her songs. Interested individuals of all ages are encouraged to join her at a rehearsal with cast members on July 9 at 7 p.m. and/or July 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Host Damon Prestemon continues to propel the 25th season forward with his rapid-fire wit and keen improvisational instincts that keep the show fresh and fun. Lanesboro Arts’ own Adam Wiltgen will serve as this month’s musical director, accompanying the all-volunteer cast on his beach-friendly Danelectro guitar throughout the show. Doors open for seating at 7 p.m. with Ted Hajnasiewicz, a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, providing pre-show musical entertainment beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show is produced by Lanesboro Arts and is staged at the St. Mane Theatre on the second Friday of the month, March through November. Upcoming shows include “Anniversaries” on Aug. 9 and “50 Nifty States” on Sept. 13.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at www.lanesboroarts.org, in person at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery (103 Parkway Ave. N.), or at the door at the St. Mane Theatre — as available — beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the show. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Ave. N. in Lanesboro.

Each show is also broadcast on Winona State University's KQAL 89.5FM on the Wednesday five days after the show at 6 p.m. (also available for streaming at www.KQAL.org). Additionally, Over the Back Fence is published as a podcast on the iOS Podcasts app and many other podcast services.