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Comedy Musical “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” Coming to Opera House

Cast of DPRCA's "Don't Hug Me, I'm Pregnant": Loren Nieuwsma, Lynnae Lies, Jessica Dillon, Kevin Cartwright, and Nick Parson
Cast of DPRCA's "Don't Hug Me, I'm Pregnant": Loren Nieuwsma, Lynnae Lies, Jessica Dillon, Kevin Cartwright, and Nick Parson

March 6th, 2013
– Put on your best flannel shirt, grab the beer nuts, and get ready to bust your belly laughing at the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts’ (DPRCA’s) spring musical comedy, Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant, opening April 5th at the Opera House theatre in New Rockford.

The story takes place in a little bar in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Clara, who owns the bar with her husband Gunner, is 8½ months pregnant with their first child, and today she's looking forward to her baby shower, getting lots of presents, and taking a break from her raging hormones.

Suddenly, a freak blizzard hits and they find themselves snowed in with their friends: a Northwoods redneck, a beauty queen, and a karaoke salesman. All roads are closed, no one can get in or leave, and Gunner's worst nightmare comes true when Clara goes into labor and he realizes he's going to have to deliver the baby in the bar.

The production, directed by Deb Belquist, features DPRCA veterans Kevin Cartwright, Loren Nieuwsma, and Jessica Dillon, Nick Parson taking on his first stage role, and reprising the part of Clara, Lynnae Lies, the only cast member to have performed in all four Don’t Hug Me shows at the Opera House. “She’s just perfect for it,” says Belquist. “Lynnae IS Clara.”

DPRCA’s new Upstage Gallery arts and retail shop will be open before and during performances for audience members to peruse pieces by local and regional artists. Jack’s Tavern wine bar in the theatre lobby will also be open for all evening performances, so patrons over the age of 21 will be able to purchase a glass of wine or beer to enjoy during the show.

Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant is sponsored by Bank Forward. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. from April 5 through April 28. Tickets are on sale now at or at the box office at (701) 947-2174. All tickets are $22. Please note that this show contains mature subject matter and may not be appropriate for children. Volunteers and ushers for shows are always needed and welcome.

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