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'Hilda's Yard' opens at County Seat


September 27, 2019

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Beverly (Rob Larson, left), confronts Gary Fluck (Bard Day) after his ex has taken a liking to Beverly, in "Hilda's Yard," playing for two weekends at County Seat Theater.

"Hilda's Yard" opens this Friday at the County Seat Theater.

It's an exciting summer day in 1956 for Hilda and Sam Fluck (played by Shey Peterson and Brian Lokken). Newly on their own since their 30-something children Gary and Janey moved out, they are finally ready to relax. Hilda plans to hang her laundry while Sam goes to buy a shiny new television. What could disturb their simple peace?

Turns out doors are merely decoration as Gary (Bard Day) and Janey (Kitara Peterson) literally fall over the fence into the backyard, looking for help out of sticky situations. Gary has lost his job, is enamored with his new girlfriend, Bobbi, and running from a bookie named Beverly, while the ever-dependent Janey has unexpectedly left her husband. The family careens into calamity, showing them that ultimately they must celebrate how they can be together rather than apart.

Canadian playwright Norm Foster's heartwarming and relatable family comedy proves that there will always be a significant weight to an empty nest.

The County Seat Theater Company will present performances of "Hilda's Yard" at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet this weekend, Sept. 27-29, and Oct. 3-6. Performances are at 7 p.m. except Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 or online at There are "Pay-As-You-May" tickets available for Saturday performances, call the theater for details. This show is not recommended for young children.

Since 2008, the County Seat Theater Company has been located in the Encore Performing Arts Center, at 2035 Hwy 33 South (on Frontage Road) in Cloquet. The theater offers a full season of local performances, as well as youth productions, musical acts and has an art gallery featuring work by local artists.


Coming up

Events at the Encore Performing Arts Center:

Sept. 27-29, Oct. 3-6

"Hilda's Yard"

Sept. 29, 6 p.m.

Auditions for "Sorry! Wrong Chimney!"

Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

Monroe Crossing concert

Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

Bill and Kate Isles concert

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad Weekend Fall Colors Excursions along the St. Louis River in Duluth, MN

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