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Black Dirt Theater cancels Friday night production of 'The Odd Couple' so cast can attend funeral

Friday's performance of "The Odd Couple" by the Black Dirt Theater company has been cancelled due to the funeral of a former cast member, which is set for Friday evening.

On Monday, Jordan Astar died of a cardiac arrest while at college in Madison, Wis. Astar was actively involved in Black Dirt Theater the last two summers. He had roles in the musicals "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma."

"He was a really good friend to all of us," director Andy Langenfeld said.

Productions on Thursday (at 7 p.m.), Saturday (at 7 p.m.) and Sunday (at 2 p.m.) are still on as scheduled.

People with tickets to the Friday production will be contacted by Black Dirt Theater. Or, they can call Black Dirt Theater at 651-300-9567.

"We'll be happy to switch them, and if that doesn't work, we can certainly do a refund as well," Langenfeld said.

Langenfeld encouraged the community to come to one of the productions over the weekend.

"It would be really great to have support from the community for the performances," he said. "I'd encourage and invite people to come and laugh at a really great community production."

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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