Poetry and music to be featured Friday during New London Little Theatre Open Mic show

Carolyn Lange, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.
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Apr. 7—NEW LONDON — Spoken poetry and instrumental and vocal music performed by local artists will be on the stage Friday at the New London Little Theatre during an Open Mic show that will be carried live on the theater's Facebook page.

Because of COVID-19, the theater has not been holding in-person performances but is streaming live events, using new equipment purchased with the help of grants.

After Open Mic shows livestreamed by the Little Theatre this year generated so many positive responses from artists and viewers, another show is set for May 14.

"I think it's something that might become a mainstay for us at the theatre," said Maria Novak, a member of the Little Theatre board of directors, and an accomplished musician who has performed at previous Open Mic shows. Novak also serves as the emcee for the shows, which are held the second Friday of the month.

Novak said they will continue to livestream events but anticipates Open Mic may become a regular event on the Little Theatre stage when the doors are once again open to the public for in-person performances.

Until then, performances will be available for online viewing, which not only creates outlets for performers but also helps the theater "to be more present in people's mind," she said.

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The lineup for this Friday's show includes Libbie Anderson, Heather King, Kyle Novak, Jais Gossman, Vincent Mische, Janne Gossman, Steve Saccoman, Toxic Playhouse, Madisen Radabaugh and Thomas Oestriech.

The show starts live at 7 p.m. but can also be viewed later through the theater's social media page.

Some of the performers will be reading original poetry, in recognition of April being National Poetry Month.

Novak said the stage is open to a wide variety of performers. Those interested in performing can email the Little Theatre at nllittletheatre@gmail.com.