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ACT plans community events

From brunch to blues, the Mitchell Area Community Theatre has big ideas for the next few months.

ACT Managing Director Megan Reimnitz said the theater has several events planned, and is encouraging community involvement.

The first is a mural contest, for all artists in the South Dakota area. Reimnitz said there is a large wall in the lobby that can be seen from outside of the theater, and event organizers would like to choose an artist through the contest who will paint a mural on that wall.

There will be a cash prize of $1,500. Submissions are due Jan. 1. According to Reimnitz, a panel of judges will pick finalists on Jan. 30, and judging for the public will be open Feb. 1, with the winner announced May 1. Once the mural is done, an unveiling event for the community is planned. For guidelines and application, contact Reimnitz at the theater at 996-9137 or

Other events planned include:

• A fundraiser called ladies brunch on Oct. 18. Reimnitz said, "while husbands are out hunting, the ladies can come in, have some brunch, sip mimosas and shop" from vendors that will be set up.

• Chili blues. Reimnitz said this will likely be a winter event, similar to a chili cookoff. Contestants will be able to cook the chili anywhere they'd like, bring it to the ACT, then people at the event will judge who wins. There will be live music throughout.

• Ladies night. Reimnitz said it will be much like the ladies brunch, but in the evening.

• Golf tournament. This will be a summer event to raise money for the theater, Reimnitz said, "so we can continue bringing economical theater to the community while still upping the quality of every show."