DASSEL, COKATO, MN – There is much talk around Dassel and Cokato and on social media concerning the Community Education department and its DC Community Theater program.
One of the rumors that has sprung up is that Community Education chose to discontinue its theater program.
This is not true.
Rather, the FungusAmongus Players have decided to separate themselves from Community Education department.
FungusAmongus Player Ron Hungerford stated that the FungusAmongus Players “plan to operate as an independent organization and pursue artistic programs outside the umbrella of DC Community Ed.”
Hungerford said this decision had been in development for about two years, and “having decided it was time” Hungerford represented the FungusAmongus Players in a meeting with Community Education director Perry Thinesen, Community Education program coordinator Abigail Lang, and theater production coordinator Deborah Moen May 12 to announce their decision.
“FungusAmongus informed us on Friday that they were going to strike out on their own, and they want to continue a cordial relationship with the community education and school district moving forward, as long as there was opportunity. Abbey and I agreed it was a really good idea,” Thinesen stated.
Questions have also surfaced regarding the 2017 community summer musical. Lang confirmed the musical will not take place due to the resignation of the theatrical director and the inability to find a replacement in the lateness of the season.
The cancellation is not related to FungusAmongus’ decision to become independent.
“Community Education fully supports the theater, and will continue to offer opportunities as they present themselves,” Lang commented.
More coverage will appear in the May 22 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.