By Payton Willey
Tonight will kick start the final weekend of the musical play, The Quilters, presented by Entertainment, Inc! with the play starting at 7:30.
The performance focuses on frontier life in the Great Plains during the late 1800s to early 1900s through the eyes of seven actors, six daughters and their mother. Throughout the course of the play, the mother teachers her six daughters how to quilt.
The backdrop to the performance is a large quilt that was constructed by members of the Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild.
Artistic Director B. Michael Quale said that each of the patches of the quilt represents an episode of the character’s lives together, which results in a series of short tales of joy and hardships of frontier life accompanied by musical numbers and fun.
Jean Lindvig of Williston works as an electronic court recorder for the supreme court in town and has been in three Entertainment, Inc! performances.
The Quilters, however, marks her first performance where she possesses stage presence with a lead role.
“Before, I was on the stage in groups and singing in the back or maybe had a solo,” Lindvig said. “This play is said to be challenging because of the short cast and because we all play a key role.”
Lindvig said that during previous weekends, the play has attracted mostly adults and many quilters from around the area.
It’s hard to describe Lindvig’s character, because during The Quilters, her character changes throughout the play.
“Our characters change all the way through,” Lindvig said. “I start out as one of the daughters, but there are several different parts that we play in several different scenes.”
The Quilters will play Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Oct. 7 with a matinee showing at 2:30 p.m. Advance reservations can be made by calling the Entertainment, Inc! box office at 701-577-3179.