"BINGO! The Winning Musical" opens July 17

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The cast of “BINGO! The Winning Musical” – from left to right, Laurie Rauen (Bernice), Emily Smith (filling in for Tomine Erredge), Kim Simonson (Patsy), and Ronda Sand (Honey) – rehearses the first act of the Zumbrota Area Arts Council’s summer play that will open Thursday at the State Theatre.

ZUMBROTA – Nothing will stop a group of girlfriends from getting to their BINGO game when “BINGO! The Winning Musical” opens at the State Theatre (96 East 4th Street) in Zumbrota on Thursday, July 17. The play will be presented July 17-19 and 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee is offered July 27 at 2 p.m.

Gal pals Vern, Honey and Patsy travel through a terrible thunderstorm to get to the annual celebration of the birth of BINGO, where they reminisce about friendships and love, lost and found again, and cart around plenty of good-luck charms.

“It’s just plain fun and speaks to our crazy friendships and loving each other just the way we are,” said Kim Simonson, who plays Patsy in the musical. “Patsy is so neurotic. Everything is an omen or a sign to her. She speaks to us and all of our little superstitions we secretly hold, like crossing our fingers or wearing a rally cap at a ball game.”

Simonson said she loves being part of Z-Theatre because of the support received from area business and residents. “It’s allowed me to make new friends and deepen relationships with old friends. In some small way, I feel I am giving back to the community that has given so much to my family,” she said. 

The musical was written by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid, and David Holcenberg. The cast of eight includes Brian Adams, Ronda Anderson-Sand, Tomine Erredge, JC Koepsell, Lori Rauen, Aaron Schumacher, Stephanie Schumacher, and Kim Simonson, all of Zumbrota. Orchestra members are Charley O’Brien of Red Wing and Anne Solberg and Dylon Starr of Zumbrota.  

Tickets are available in Zumbrota at Busby’s Hardware and Furniture, Crossings at Carnegie, and Main Street Pharmacy, and at the door one hour prior to show time. Reserved seats are available exclusively at Crossings at Carnegie.

This production is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Z-Theatre operates under the umbrella of the Zumbrota Area Arts Council (ZAAC), owner of the State Theatre. Fundraising efforts for the renovation of the building are ongoing. For more information visit zaac.org or call 507-272-1129.



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