DETROIT LAKES — Kathy Larson, who taught vocal music at Detroit Lakes public schools for 34 years, announced she won’t be returning this fall.
Larson, who has also directed 28 musical theater productions for the district, has left a strong impression on her former voice and acting students – so much so, in fact, that they are planning a two-day retreat for her, the August 13. 14.
“We invited students from his first musical, ‘Damn Yankees’, through his latest, ‘Newsies,’ to come and perform in a cabaret show at the Holmes Theater on Saturday night (August 13),” said Carol Nustad . , a longtime friend and colleague who worked with her on dozens of fall musicals. “We have 49 or 50 (former students) coming back to perform.”
The cabaret show, “A Career in Revue: Celebrating Kathy Larson’s Retirement,” will take place at 7 p.m. on August 13; tickets are on sale on the Holmes Theater website, dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html, for $25 each.
But that’s not all: to honor Larson’s vocal music legacy, all students, colleagues and anyone who has sung or worked with Larson during his long career are invited to participate in a mass choir at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Sunday. , August 14 at 3 p.m.
“Admission will be a free offer, with proceeds to help set up a vocal music scholarship (via Detroit Lakes Dollars for Scholars) in her name,” Nustad said. “We feel it is important that the influence Kathy has had on her ‘children’ and the community continues.”
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a vocal music student from Detroit Lakes Public Schools.
Those unable to attend the festivities, but still wish to contribute, can go to the Detroit Lakes Dollars for Scholars website, detroitlakes.dollarsforscholars.org, and donate in Larson’s name (use the “Click to make a donation”, and follow the instructions).
“We do this on a voluntary basis,” Nustad said, adding that Mark Potvin and Eric Hoplin – two of Larson’s former students – are leading the planning for the two-day event.
They mainly promote it through social media, she added, although they also use local media – radio and newspapers – to get the message out.
Those on Facebook who want to join in the festivities can search for Kathy Larson Retirement Celebration and click to join. Those who don’t use social media can contact Nustad via email at [email protected]