Sunday, May 14, 2017

1 pm

When We Dead Awaken

1:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$35
Call 800-657-7025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre
  • Drama

Sculptor Arnold Rubek has it all: fame, fortune, a beautiful young wife. Yet his work has descended into mediocrity, and his life has sunk into a pit of boredom. A chance encounter with his muse—the model for his masterpiece and the only woman he ever loved—ignites in him the passions he has long stifled. Art and life play out their conflict as Rubek searches for the man he once was, the artist his muse once inspired. Subtitled "A Dramatic Epilogue," Ibsen's final play is also the last in our series of adaptations by Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. 

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2 pm

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

2:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55403

$7 - $15
Call 612-623-9080
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Presented by Youth Performance Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst. Music by Shelly Markham
Adapted from the book by Judith Viorst
May 5 – 21, 2017

For every kid who has begged “read it just one more time!” after reaching the last page of this beloved story, here’s a musical adaptation that will offer up a favorite anti-hero in an marvelous new way. And for those who have not yet met the beleaguered Alexander, beset by the worst set of troubles a kid could ever find crammed into one day,  get ready to enjoy some sympathetic chuckles and more than a few outright belly laughs during this lively production. With a day that includes bossy brothers, lima beans for dinner and kissing on tv, Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will entertain and educate young audiences as they identify with the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to realize that bad days happen—even in Australia.

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The Dixie Swim Club

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Lincoln Community Center Auditorium
110 Fulton Street, Mankato MN 56001

$10-$15
Call 507-388-5493
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Presented by Merely Players Community Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

MANKATO, MN -- Merely Players Community Theatre opens their final production of the 2016-17 Season, The Dixie Swim Club, on Friday, May 12.

The Dixie Swim Club is the story of five Southern women who meet one long weekend every August to recharge lifelong relationships first formed after meeting through their college swim team. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they gather at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the things that life flings at them.

This production sees the return of several Merely Players veterans: Maggie Maes, Cindy Olson, and Carol Rath. Maes is directing, while Olson and Rath return to the main-stage after long hiatuses (12 and 10 years respectively) bringing life to the characters of Vernadette (Olson), the self-deprecating and acerbic one, and Dinah (Rath), the wisecracking, overachiever, career dynamo. The power-house acting ensemble is rounded out by Laura Anthony Conn playing the role of super-organizer Sheree, and newcomers Christi Smith as Lexie, a southern belle who is neither short on charm nor husbands, and Lisa Noll portraying sweet but not entirely innocent Jeri Neal.

“We have had so much fun bringing this show to life,” Maes said. “It’s beautifully written, and it’s such a pleasure to work with amazing actors on a piece that celebrates friendship in such a funny and poignant way. Audiences will be thoroughly entertained and moved by this story”. Performances are May 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and May 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Community Center Auditorium in Mankato.

Tickets for The Dixie Swim Club can be purchased by ordering online at www.merelyplayers.com/tickets or by calling the Merely Players box office at 507-388-5483 and leaving a message (staff will return calls). Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for youth (under 12).

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The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

2:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

$22-$40
Call 763-553-1600 ex. 1
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Presented by Troupe America at the Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A Lutheran take on the classical "hero" journey, RISE UP, O MEN is the story of men (and women) who become larger than themselves; it's the story of a group of farmers and John Deere dealers, and church basement ladies, who rise to the requirement of heroism in order to help their community and its future. RISE UP, O MEN is a new musical featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement Ladies who serve them. The year is 1964, in the basement kitchen of the Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and their tractors and preparations for the Centennial Celebration, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen...but that's what happens when you let the roosters in the hen house.

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SISTER ACT

2:00 pm
Runs 107 minutes

Lakeville Area Arts Center
20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN

$15
Call 952-985-4640
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Presented by The Play's the Thing Productions
  • Comedy
  • Musical

 

Based on the hit 1992 film, this feel good Musical Comedy Smash is sure to entertain! When Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in a convent. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the Convent's lackluster choir, Deloris breathes new life into the Church community, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon the mobsters are giving chase but they must face Deloris and the power of her newly found sister hood!

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A Year with Frog and Toad

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

A Year with Frog and Toad
Best enjoyed by everyone
Based on Arnold Lobel’s Newbery and Caldecott Honor Books
Music by Robert Reale
Lyrics and book by Willie Reale
Original Direction by David Petrarca
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Choreography by Daniel Pelzig 

ASL/AD: June 2 at 7PM
ASL Only: June 4 at 5PM
Sensory Friendly: June 16 at 7PM

Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don’t miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring. 

This production was commissioned and created by Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN.

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Wit

Black Box Theater
1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431

$9 - $30
Call 952-563-8575
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Presented by Artistry
  • Drama

May 6 – 28, 2017

Written by Margaret Edson
Directed by Benjamin McGovern

"... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times

"I was dismayed to discover that the play would contain elements of... humor." So says Dr. Vivian Bearing as she introduces her story to us. Wit is a brilliantly-crafted and unflinching look at the last chapter of Ms. Bearing's life. Armed with a sharp intellect, this professor of 17th century poetry wrestles with the ultimate question of what it means to be alive.

Cast:

Sally Wingert* - Dr. Vivian Bearing
Todd Hansen - Harvey Kelekian, MD / Mr Bearing
Corey DiNardo - Jason Posner, MD 
Christina Castro - Susie Monahan, RN, BSN
Barbara Berlovitz - Dr. E.M. Ashford, PhD
Carl Swanson - Ensemble
Mike Swan - Ensemble
Jamie Fields - Ensemble
Allison Witham – Ensemble

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Fast Facts:

Runs Saturday, May 6th through Sunday, May 28th with performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm.

New This Season: We are pleased to offer a *Ticketed Preview of Wit on Friday, May 5th at 7:30pm and a **Pay What You Can performance on Monday, May 15th at 7:30pm.

*Ticketed Preview (Friday, May 5th): The ticketed preview takes place one night before opening night, giving actors a chance to see how the show is working for the audience and to further hone their performances. Black Box Theater tickets cost $9. You may purchase them online, by phone, or in person at our box office.

**Pay What You Can (Monday, May 15th): To help make the arts accessible for all, we offer a Pay What You Can Performance for every production. Audience members attending this performance can purchase tickets for any whole dollar amount they can afford. 

Talk Back with cast and crew after the performance on Sunday, May 14th.

Audio Description performance on Sunday, May 14th at 2:00pm.

Sign Language Interpreted performance on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30pm. 

Ticket Info:
Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Box Office Phone: 952-563-8575
Adults: $30
Seniors (62+): $26
Next Generations (30 and Under): $9
($2 off Adult & Senior tickets for Wednesday/Thursday performances)

At the Black Box Theater...

For more information: https://artistrymn.org/theater/wit

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The Secret Garden

2:00 pm

Artistry - Schneider Theater
1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431

$12 - $41
Call 952-563-8575
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Presented by Artistry
  • Drama
  • Musical

April 15 - May 14, 2017

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon

Directed by Lisa Channer

"A splendid, intelligent musical... It's all you can hope for in children's theatre. But the best surprise is that this show is the most adult new musical of the season." – USA Today

Based on the beloved children's book, The Secret Garden is a musical telling of a classic Victorian story. Eleven year-old orphan Mary Lennox is taken to live at the estate of her reclusive uncle Archibald. A deep melancholy pervades the house and its overgrown grounds, but Mary's youthful spirit leads her to find beauty and joy in the place. An enthralling show for adults and a perfect introduction to "grown-up" theater for children, The Secret Garden is a story of spring, renewal, and the happiness a young girl can nurture when she is determined to make things grow.

Cast:
Ben Johnson - Archibald Craven 
Jennifer Eckes - Lily 
Taras Wybaczynsky, Jr. - Neville Craven 
Caitlyn Carroll - Mary 
Kate Regan - Mary Understudy 
Gavin Nienaber - Colin 
David Beukema - Ben 
Gracie Anderson - Martha 
Seth Tychon - Dickon 
Diana Wilde - Mrs. Medlock 
Deidre Cochran - Ayah / Chorus 
Kelly Matthews - Chorus / Claire Holmes 
Hazen Markoe - Chorus/ Lieutenant Wright / Major Shelly 
Corey de Danann - Chorus / Mrs. Shelly 
Eric Sargent - Chorus / Albert 
Siri Hammond - Chorus / Rose 
Daniel Vinitsky - Chorus / Major Holmes 
TBA - Chorus / Fakir 
Cassandra Utt - Alice / Mrs. Winthrop

Fast Facts:

Runs Saturday, April 15th through Sunday, May 14th with performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm.

New This Season: We are pleased to offer a *Ticketed Preview of The Secret Garden on Friday, April 14th at 7:30pm and a **Pay What You Can performance on Monday, April 24th at 7:30pm.

*Ticketed Preview (Friday, April 14th): The ticketed preview takes place one night before opening night, giving actors a chance to see how the show is working for the audience and to further hone their performances. Schneider Theater tickets cost $12. You may purchase them online, by phone, or in person at our box office.

**Pay What You Can (Monday, April 24th): To help make the arts accessible for all, we offer a Pay What You Can Performance for every production. Audience members attending this performance can purchase tickets for any whole dollar amount they can afford. 

Talk Back with cast and crew after the performance on Sunday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 30th.

Audio Description performance on Sunday, May 7th at 2:00pm.

Sign Language Interpreted performance on Thursday, May 11th at 7:30pm. 

Ticket Info:
Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Box Office Phone: 952-563-8575
Adults: $41
Seniors (62+): $36
Next Generations (30 and Under): $12
($3 off Adult & Senior tickets for Wednesday/Thursday performances)

At the Schneider Theater...

For more information: https://artistrymn.org/theater/garden

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One Man, Two Guvnors

2:00 pm
Runs 165 minutes

  • Closing night

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 5th Ave SE Osseo, MN 55369

$20-$25
Call 763-493-8733
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  • Comedy

Winner of the Critics Circle Award and multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards, this glorious comedy is a unique laugh-out-loud mix of satire, schtick and stupendous physical comedy. In the heart of 1960's England, charming and doltish Francis, fired from his pop band, unexpectedly finds himself with two new jobs and two new bosses, who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. Mistaken identities, outrageous farce, love triangles and inspired lunacy enusue! This splendidly silly new play has been hailed as "comic perfection!" Featuring Four Humor's Jason Ballweber (a.k.a. "Ham" from A Hunting Shack Christmas)!

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Krazy Kamp, The Musical Artwork

Krazy Kamp, The Musical

2:00 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Northern Starz Children's Theatre
5300 Alpine Drive, Ramsey, MN 55303

$7 - $10
Call 612-326-6158
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Presented by Northern Starz Children's Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

 

Northern Starz

YOUR PLACE TO SHINE

KRAZY KAMP (GRADES 6-12)

Show dates: May 12th - May 21st
Rehearsals: March 21st - May 20th

 

Adam Apple, the wheeler dealer director of Camp John Smith is in trouble.  He and his sidekick, Willard, are destined for “a real job” unless they get their camp in shape.  But the rambunctious “gentlemen of John Smith” need a place to stay until things get put back together.  Adam finally convinces Eve Hunnicutt, the manager of the girls’ fashionable Camp Pocahontas, to give the boys a home.  When serene Pocahontas comes in contact with wild John Smith, this entertaining farce bursts with hilarity.  Of course, no one is to know the boys are staying, including the camp’s owner, Mrs. Thistlemist. Keeping any calm, however, is beyond reality when a parade of hilarious characters in addition to the John Smith boys wander into camp:  Elmer Crumb, from the carnival with his associate, Cleopatra Nile, who is never without her snakes, Clams Marinara, the notorious hood (who has a wild tune written about him!), the flashily-dressed Dixie, who carries a dinky pistol in a violin case, and the Mo Sisters, three ladies(?)  making a celebrity visit to Camp Pocahontas.  Toss in a poison ivy victim who resembles a walking mummy...  that’s just for starters!  Problems stack on top of each other until once charming Camp Pocahontas is declared unfit for habitation by the state inspector.  The choice songs in this show will have you singing along.  

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Savannah Sipping Society

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ole Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior MN

$25-$35
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique single Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends

Wednesday 1:30p; Thu-Sun 7:30p; 

 

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Amy's View

2:00 pm

Park Square Theatre Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN

$60 - 21
Call 6512917005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When the pair meet, Amy will find the views she holds so dear are painfully tested as she has to decide what’s worth fighting for. What none of them can know is that the events of that day will set in motion a chain reaction which will dramatically change their lives forever. A regional premiere by David Hare, directed by Gary Gisselman.

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12 Angry Men

2:00 pm

Newport United Methodist Church
1596 11th Ave, Newport, MN 55055

Presented by Locally Grown Theatre
  • Drama

Join Locally Grown Theatre as this great cast brings to life this classic story.

It's an iconic courtroom drama in which the audience never sees the inside of a courtroom. The play is set entirely inside a crowded, steamy jury room and it is a script filled with little more than some of the best dramatic dialogue written. "Twelve Angry Men" quickly became a classic story for stage and screen and Reginald Rose's cast of characters some of the most memorable in modern history.

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GIRL Shakes Loose

2:00 pm

  • Closing night

Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street Saint Paul, MN 55102

$40
Call 651.224.3180
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Presented by Penumbra Theatre
  • Drama
  • Musical

Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri’s
GIRL SHAKES LOOSE
Directed by May Adrales

Why is it so hard to grow up? GIRL is a good girl: smart, beautiful, and a little rebellious, or, as her family would say, “hard-headed.” For the most part, she has played by the rules, finishing college and then graduate school. She is perfectly poised for success, but something is in her way. Floundering in love, life, and career, GIRL goes on a journey to discover what she’s missing, but wherever she goes, there she is. Eventually, GIRL learns that what she’s seeking is herself: powerful, grounded, and so much stronger than she thought. A groundbreaking new musical by Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri, GIRL Shakes Loose is the soulful story of one woman’s search for herself. Featuring the lush poetry of Sonia Sanchez and a stirring original score, you won’t want to miss this world premiere. Brimming with hope, humor, and headstrong passion, you’ll cheer GIRL on, remembering your own journey along the way.

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Happy Days

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$20-$25
Call 651-429-5674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Happy Days, A New Musical

Heyyyyy! Happy Days are here again!

APRIL 20 – MAY 14, 2017

Directed by Justin Cervantes

A musical by Garry Marshall and Paul Williams based on the hit television series, Happy Days brings you back to 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin’ fun!

If you like “Grease” you will love “Happy Days!”
—New York Daily News

Tickets: $25 Regular / $23 Senior / $20 Student

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Mom! The Musical

2:00 pm

  • Closing night

Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville MN 55337

$19-$25
Call 800-982-2787
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle
  • Musical

Mom! is back by popular demand, just in time for Mother's Day! Join us for a new, expanded version of this original musical that celebrates the twists and turns, delights and dilemmas, rewards and regrets of parenting. From trying to reason with a toddler having a tantrum to panicking at the prospect of a parent-teacher conference; from staving off unwanted child-rearing advice to struggling to accept the choices of grown children; from trying to rekindle marital passion to trying to shield kids from the heartbreak of divorce, this musical celebrates the humor and the terror of parenting.

Mom! was one of the winners of Chameleon's 13th Annual New Play Contest in 2012. Selected songs and scenes from the show were performed at the New Play Festival on September 8, 2013, and the show premiered as part of Chameleon's 16th Season in April-May, 2014.

Tickets are $25; $22 for students, seniors, Fringe Button holders, and groups of 8 or more; or $19 for groups of 20 or more, and are available in person at the Ames Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster online or at 1-800-982-2787 (additional fees may apply).

For group sales, call the Ames Center box office at 952-895-4680.

All prices include a $2 facility fee as required by the Ames Center.

Mom! is presented by special arrangement with the authors.

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Happy Days

2:00 pm
Runs 140 minutes

  • Closing night

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Avenue White Bear Lake, MN 55110-2837

$14 - $25
Call 651-429-5674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Happy Days is set to take the stage at Lakeshore Players starting April 20th. This delightful musical, based on the hugely popular TV series and written by series creator Garry Marshall, re-introduces us to that wonderful cast of characters, Richie Cunningham and his family (Howard, Marion and Joanie), Potsy, Ralph Malph, Chachi, Pinky Tuscadero, and , of course, Fonzie.

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110 In The Shade

2:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Theatre In The Round
245 Cedar Avenue Minneapolis MN 55454-1054

Presented by Theatre In The Round
  • Musical

This simple, poignant musicalfeatures a lively score from the creators of The Fantasticks. Lizzie Curry struggles alongside her father and brothers to keep their cattle ranch going in the drought-stricken southwest in the 1930s. Then Bill Starbuck strides into town, promising to bring rain, and turns the town - and Lizzie's world - upside down.

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Red Velvet

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Southern Theater
1420 South Washington Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

$10 - $24
Call 612-326-1811
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Edmund Kean, a titan of his generation, collapses on stage, leaving Covent Garden without their Othello. Ira Aldridge, a little-known African American actor, is invited to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?

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Disney's Lion King Jr

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

Ashland Productions - Maplewood Performing Arts Center
2100 WHITE BEAR AVE, MAPLEWOOD, MN

Presented by Ashland Productions
  • Musical
  • Kids

Ashland Productions presents their Middle School Production of Disney's Lion King Jr.

Friday, May 5, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Friday, May 12, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 2:00 PM

RAFIKI gathers the ANIMALS of the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI ("Circle of Life with Nants' Ingonyama"). The king's jealous brother, SCAR, no longer heir to the throne, skips the ceremony, upsetting Mufasa. Time passes ("Grasslands Chant") and YOUNG SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life and that Young Simba will one day be king of the Pridelands. Young Simba shares this news with Scar, who encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Young Simba finds his best friend, YOUNG NALA, hunting with SARAFINA and the LIONESSES ("The Lioness Hunt") and invites her on his adventure. Once they ditch their overbearing babysitter, ZAZU ("I Just Can't Wait to Be King"), the cubs encounter the ravenous SHENZI, BANZAI and ED in the graveyard. Mufasa arrives and pummels the hyenas then takes the cubs home. Scar emerges from the darkness to recruit the HYENAS in his murderous plan to become king ("Be Prepared"). Back in the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Young Simba then shares the guidance of their ancestors, up among the stars ("They Live in You").

Enacting his plan, Scar leaves Young Simba alone in the gorge and signals the hyenas to scare a herd of wildebeest ("The Stampede"). Scar alerts Mufasa, who leaps into the stampede to save his son. Mufasa rescues Young Simba, but Scar pushes his brother back into the gorge, where he is trampled. Scar blames Young Simba for the king's death and tells him to run away and never return. As Sarabi, Young Nala, Rafiki and the lionesses mourn the loss of Mufasa and Young Simba ("The Mourning"), Scar assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign. Lost in the desert, Young Simba meets TIMON and PUMBAA, who take him to their "worry-free" jungle home ("Hakuna Matata").

Under Scar's reign, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Now grown, NALA decides to leave and seek help ("Shadowland"). To her delight, she finds SIMBA alive in the jungle ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). Nala urges him to take his rightful place as king but, still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafiki appears and helps Simba remember his father ("He Lives in You"). With newfound courage, Simba agrees to return to the Pridelands. Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas ("Luau Hawaiian Treat") while Nala rallies the lionesses. Simba confronts his uncle, the truth of Mufasa's murder is revealed and Scar runs away, pursued by angry hyenas. With peace restored in the Pridelands, Simba takes his place as king and the circle of life continues ("Finale").

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

2:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids

Based on the book by Kate DiCamillo.

 

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The super-hero squirrel, Ulysses and the self-proclaimed cynic Flora Belle Buckman land in our Hopkins Jaycees Studio this spring in an inspiring story of being born anew. When Flora saves Ulysses after he is sucked up through a vacuum cleaner, neither could predict the changes that will ensue. This eccentric, endearing saga about the possibilities of hope and the promises of a capacious heart is a world premiere adaptation based on the #1 New York Times best-selling author, Kate DiCamillo’s 2014 Newbery Medal winner.

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Little Wars

2:00 pm

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St. Minneapolis, MN 55454

Presented by PRIME Productions
  • Drama

It’s France, 1940. Tensions are high. The booze is flowing. War is coming. Written by Steven Carl McCasland, Little Wars features Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, Agatha Christie, Alice B. Toklas and Muriel Gardiner having the best what-if dinner party you can imagine. Together they’ll drink, scoff and face their demons. Everyone has a confession. Someone has a secret.  

Shelli Place directs the all-women cast which includes Candace Barrett-Birk, Sue Scott, Elizabeth Desotelle, Laura Adams, Vanessa Gamble, Alison Edwards, and Miriam Schwartz. Little Wars is the debut performance of PRIME Productions, a new professional theater company in the Twin Cities focused on “Celebrating women in their second act.” 

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Sweet Land The Musical

History Theatre
30 East 10th Street St.Paul, MN 55101

$15-$52
Call 6512924323
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Presented by History Theatre
  • Drama
  • Musical

Book by Perrin Post
Lyrics & Book by Laurie Flanigan-Hegge
Music by Dina Maccabee
From the film Sweet Land by Ali Selim and the short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” by Will Weaver
Directed by Perrin Post
Choreography by Joe Chvala
Musical Arrangements by Robert Elhai
Musical Direction by Jason Hansen

April 29–May 28, 2017

A poignant, lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience.

1920. Inge Altenberg journeys to America to marry a bachelor farmer, sight unseen. But in the wake of WWI, Inge’s German heritage turns her new neighbors against the match. Under cathedral skies, the determined young immigrant and her stoic farmer fight for their lives, facing their own misgivings and the harshness of an unforgiving land. A lyrical celebration of hard-won independence and a reflection of generations past, Sweet Land reminds us of who we are - and where we came from.

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Stone Soup

2:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

Stone Soup

Apr 21 – May 21, 2017  •  ALL AGES  •  World Premiere

Script & Lyrics by Jeannine Coulombe, Music & Lyrics by Michael Gruber

An original musical adaptation based on the European folktale.

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Stone Soup - Apr 21 - May 21, 2017

 

The classic folktale of the feared strangers who inspire a whole community through the use of one little stone charms its way onto our main stage this spring in a world premiere musical. When war-weary foreigners arrive in the village square, fear and suspicion reign. But as the outsiders start to make soup out of a stone, each of the locals is prompted to contribute to the ever-growing, communal meal. Come share this ageless story with us as it serves up a delightfully poignant reminder that community is built one ingredient at a time.

MUSICAL   |   RUNNING TIME: TBA

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

  • Sunday, April 23 at 2 pm – Pay What You Can performance
  • Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm Captioned performance
  • Saturday, May 6 at 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance
  • Saturday, May 13 at 1 pm – ASL & Audio Described performance

 

This production is sponsored byStages Theatre Company's 2017/2018 Season Sponsor JERRY'S FOODS

Illustrations © 1998 by Susan Gaber. Published 1998 by August House LittleFolk. Used by permission of August House LittleFolk. All rights reserved.

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In an effort to build a feast for the whole community, we invite you to bring a non-perishable food or non food item for our community to the performance of Stone Soup you are attending.

 

All donations will be collected in the theatre during the performance. In addition, monetary donations for ICA can be made at the Box Office.

ALL DONATIONS BENEFIT OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED THROUGH ICA FOOD SHELF! ICA Food Shelf provides food, job coach support, and resources to our neighbords in need in Hopkins, Excelsior, Minnetonka, Deephaven, Greenwood, Shorewood and Woodland.

FOOD & NON-FOOD ITEMS NEEDED

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Ragtime Women

2:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Closing night

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul, Minnesota

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

The youth of every time-period finds a style of music that defines their lives, typically in defiance of the older generation.  In the early 1900s it was "ragtime" -- a complex, syncopated form that reflected a changing world -- free, bold and innovative.  Many young women were not only inspired by this music but also by the changing times.  They tested limits.  They wanted more.  No longer satisfied to entertain family members on the piano in the parlor, they used their musical talent to compose and perform this new music. Despite their prolific work, most of these women disappeared from our view.  Ragtime Women is about four, young, Midwestern women in the early 1900s – Julia Niebergall, May Aufderheide, Gladys Yelvington and Cora Salisbury – who defied conventional expectations of the time to become successful ragtime composers, musicians and performers.  It is a story of determination, and the importance of passion and commitment when pursuing your dream.  But it is also a story of the challenges women faced then, and still do today, when seeking to break free of societal norms and expectations.  Ragtime Women uses the original compositions of the characters to tell their story, along with other music from the period.  Tickets can be purchased at http://www.dreamlandarts.com/forms/Ragtime_Women.php

 

 

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3 pm

Redemption

3:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

$12 - $15
Call 612-548-1380
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Presented by nimbus
  • Drama

Offenders. Shawn and Sandra have a little gate cash, an overworked case officer, and the weight of their turbulent pasts. The system says their debt is paid, but the eyes of a daughter, of former friends, of passers by, say the ledger is still in the red.

nimbus’ Mitchell Frazier and Josh Cragun examine the stories of two Twin Cities lives facing the uphill battle of reentry. Of hopes buffeted by written and unwritten rules, haunting memories and rooted resentments, mistakes that continue to ripple outward even after years locked away from society. When the system, the stigmas, and even the good intentions of others conspire to hold them back, what will these “offenders” do to restore their self worth, renew relationships, and find forgiveness in a landscape of fear, mistrust and doubt?

Featuring Ernest Briggs, Ashe Jaafaru, Calli Kunz, William PanKratz, Julie Phillips, Dana Lee Thompson, David Tufford, and Richard D. Woods

Designed by Brent Anderson, Caitlin Hammel, Brian Hesser, David Lewis-Frazier, Jenny Moeller, and Barb Portinga

Saturday, April 29- 8:00 pm Opening Night Gala
Sunday, April 30 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 4 - 7:30 pm 
Friday, May 5 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 6 - 8:00 pm 
Sunday, May 7 - 3:00 pm 
Monday, May 8 - 7:30 pm Pay-what-you-can
Thursday, May 11 - 7:30 pm 
Friday, May 12 - 8:00 pm 
Saturday, May 13 - 8:00 pm Audio Described
Sunday, May 14 - 3:00 pm

Tickets:
https://nimbustheatre.com/discover/production/redemption

Redemption runs two hours with one intermission

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4 pm

Intimate Apparel at Open Book

4:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55415

$30. Pay What You Can for those under 30, $10 minimum.
Call 6122039502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Drama

A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a prostitute and a Jewish tailor.

Directed by Austene Van

Featuring Aimee Bryant, Darius Dotch, Dame-Jasmine Hughes, George Keller, Kris Nelson and Karen Wiese-Thompson

At Open Book May 12-14, 26-28 and June 2-4

At MN Opera Center May 19-21

Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm. Sunday shows at 4pm.

 

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Stone Soup

4:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

Stone Soup

Apr 21 – May 21, 2017  •  ALL AGES  •  World Premiere

Script & Lyrics by Jeannine Coulombe, Music & Lyrics by Michael Gruber

An original musical adaptation based on the European folktale.

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Stone Soup - Apr 21 - May 21, 2017

 

The classic folktale of the feared strangers who inspire a whole community through the use of one little stone charms its way onto our main stage this spring in a world premiere musical. When war-weary foreigners arrive in the village square, fear and suspicion reign. But as the outsiders start to make soup out of a stone, each of the locals is prompted to contribute to the ever-growing, communal meal. Come share this ageless story with us as it serves up a delightfully poignant reminder that community is built one ingredient at a time.

MUSICAL   |   RUNNING TIME: TBA

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

  • Sunday, April 23 at 2 pm – Pay What You Can performance
  • Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm Captioned performance
  • Saturday, May 6 at 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance
  • Wednesday, May 10 at 10 am – Sensory-Friendly performance
  • Saturday, May 13 at 1 pm – ASL & Audio Described performance

 

This production is sponsored byStages Theatre Company's 2017/2018 Season Sponsor JERRY'S FOODS

Illustrations © 1998 by Susan Gaber. Published 1998 by August House LittleFolk. Used by permission of August House LittleFolk. All rights reserved.

ICA-Logo-Header-2

In an effort to build a feast for the whole community, we invite you to bring a non-perishable food or non food item for our community to the performance of Stone Soup you are attending.

 

All donations will be collected in the theatre during the performance. In addition, monetary donations for ICA can be made at the Box Office.

ALL DONATIONS BENEFIT OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED THROUGH ICA FOOD SHELF! ICA Food Shelf provides food, job coach support, and resources to our neighbords in need in Hopkins, Excelsior, Minnetonka, Deephaven, Greenwood, Shorewood and Woodland.

FOOD & NON-FOOD ITEMS NEEDED

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5 pm

A Year with Frog and Toad

5:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

A Year with Frog and Toad
Best enjoyed by everyone
Based on Arnold Lobel’s Newbery and Caldecott Honor Books
Music by Robert Reale
Lyrics and book by Willie Reale
Original Direction by David Petrarca
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Choreography by Daniel Pelzig 

ASL/AD: June 2 at 7PM
ASL Only: June 4 at 5PM
Sensory Friendly: June 16 at 7PM

Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don’t miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring. 

This production was commissioned and created by Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN.

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6 pm

Grease

6:30 pm

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$65 - $89
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

After a decade, the #1 best-seller in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ history returns to the Main Stage!

Join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies for an affectionate satire of high school life in the 1950's.  Don't miss the unforgettable tunes like: “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout,” AND added songs made popular in the beloved film: “Grease (Is The Word),” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”  It’s a high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party packed with explosive energy!

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