Letter: Profound moment brought smiles


The Dennis Williams and Dana Goodwin family gifted the Northern Light Opera Company Wild West Jamboree with several moving and profound moments during their dance presentations Thursday night.

An attentive Armory Square crowd stopped to hear more about Native American traditions and applauded the beauty of various dances from the performers. Toward the end of their final presentation, Williams signaled for everyone to come and join them in a dance line and circle.

That was all it took.

The dance floor erupted with smiles and uninhibited joy and laughter as the audience, plus cast and crews of this summer’s production of "Annie Get Your Gun" answered their invitation.

Through music, dance, theater and art, our hope is that more impromptu moments such as these are enabled as we bring Irving Berlin’s 1999 revival to the Park Rapids stage July 28-31 and Aug. 4-6.

Thank you, Williams-Goodwin family for an inspirational evening, and to our friends at Niijii Radio, your encouragement is heartwarming.

We plan to further connect and build bridges as we listen, grow, and create together.

We would also like to thank everyone who made the Jamboree & Saloon a delight including Incredibly Real, Jason Wright, Mark Bridge and members and former members of Northern Light Opera Company.

Finally, thanks to our event sponsors, Roadhouse Sandwiches, RiverBend Home Expressions, Dorset Corner Liquor Store, Iron Horse Bar & Grill and Hair & Moon Salon.

Miigwech. Thank you.