Our Neck of the Woods (ONW): It’s been a couple of months since we talked last. How are things going at Big Foot?
Jerry Erickson (JE): Really good! We’ve been having good crowds coming to our shows, and guests coming from all directions.
ONW: Being that it’s your first season, how do you feel about your show now that you’ve performed
JE: At first I was a little nervous, but as time has progressed, we’re feeling more at ease with the show and the whole team is more relaxed within each other and the audience. It’s a whole lot of fun to do.
ONW: How has the audience reacted to the theatre?
JE: We have had people back as many as four times that I know. I enjoy talking to them after the show. We’re getting really positive feedback. They have a great appreciation for what we’re doing out here.
ONW: Do you perform the same show every time?
JE: Yes and no. I’m trying to interject a new song or two every few weeks just to keep it fresh, and of course Rachel always gets the crowd’s attention with her incredible voice. We’ve also had a couple of visits from Rick Kimmel, a fantastic bluegrass singer/songwriter. He will be playing at the bluegrass festival in Pine River. It’s fun to share the stage with him. Another new face, Mallory Maine, will be sharing her fiddle talent with us too.
ONW: Okay, fill us in on ticket prices, location and contact info!
JE: For this season tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for ages 62 and over, and kids 6 and younger are free.
We’re located at 1153 State Highway 84, which is northeast of Pine River or 8 miles east of Backus on State HIghway 87, just south of the junction 87 and 84. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Sept. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You can reach us at 218-947-3435, or learn more by visiting bigfoottheatre.com or checking out our Facebook page.
ONW: Anything on the horizon?
JE: We’re thinking seriously about a Christmas show in November, maybe over two weekends with four shows. Other than that we’ve met some wonderful people, and would also like to thank Doug Taylor from Our Neck of the Woods. A lot of our guests are a result of this fine publication.