Morris dancer, instructor to be featured on Feb. 9 Postcards
MORRIS -- Love of place is what makes a small town and learning how to dance, sing, celebrate and watch movies together gets us through the cold days and the isolation – this is the take away from the upcoming episode of Pioneer Public Television's Postcards program which airs on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
Sara Konsbruck, a dance and fitness instructor in Morris will be featured during one of the segments, sharing her love of dance and the path to turn a passion into a career.
Konsbruck gave up a career as a school counselor to teach dance to young girls and to lead Zumba and other fitness classes to adults in the community. She choreographs many of her own routines and serves as a guest choreographer for University of Minnesota Morris Dance Ensemble productions. Konsbruck displays her grace, poise and determined work ethic in the program.
“I like being busy,” said Konsbruck. “I love teaching and seeing people leave the studio with a big smile on their face.”
The episode begins with a feature on PlaceBase Productions – a new kind of theatre company led by Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord. The two artists talk about their process of going into a town and collecting stories and writing an original play based on those stories.
They then take the sidewalks and buildings of the community and turn them into a stage where the play is performed by local actors.
The next segment of the program tells the history of the Grand Theater in Madison, Minnesota. Long time community champion Maynard Meyer, the owner and operator of KLQP FM, tells the story of how the original theater burnt down and was restored, only to fall into decline.
However, The Grand was recently revitalized through the contributions of many volunteers and the city government. Several theater goers are interviewed in the episode including Molly Hacker, Stan Bjorgan and Charlie and JT Ulstad.
Postcards viewers will also be treated to a performance of an original song by Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers at the Riversong Music Festival that is held every July in Hutchinson. The episode concludes with a performance by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame as he sings the song “It's Magic.”
The 30 minute episode will be repeated on Monday, Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. The program will also be available for online viewing after Feb. 9 through the station's website at www.pioneer.org/postcards.