Sunday, August 13, 2017

1 pm

Steel Magnolias

1:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN

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

After 30 years, there’s still no story that better celebrates the gift of friendship than Steel Magnolias! The close-knit women who frequent Truvy’s Beauty Salon have lots of time to gossip, but it’s their unshakeable bonds that define them. Amid cuts, curls and free advice, these six glorious Southern belles share the joys and bear the sorrows of life together. With its mix of quick humor, quirky personalities and touching sentimentality, you’ll fall in love all over again with a story and characters that are “as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel.”

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2 pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Artistry - Schneider Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington, MN 55431

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

July 29 - August 27, 2017

 

Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by: Tim Rice

Directed and Choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell

Music Director: Denise Prosek

 

“… a fun night of quick-paced theatrical entertainment.” (Katherine Waddell, Broadway World Review)

Joseph is an ageless tale set to a bold new beat in Director/Choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell’s staging. Reimagined to reflect Ferrell’s lyrical and athletic styles, this story about overcoming odds and fulfilling one’s destiny will captivate contemporary audiences of all ages. Featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s catchiest scores in a myriad of musical styles, Joseph tells the tale of a young dreamer haunted by prophetic visions that he will one day rule over his eleven jealous brothers.  Fueled by animosity, his brothers sell Joseph into slavery in dangerous and unfamiliar Egypt, where he must find his own way and face the greatest trials of his life.

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West Side Story

2:00 pm
Runs 180 minutes

St. Mark's Lutheran Church (North St. Paul, MN)
2499 N. Helen Street, North St. Paul, MN 55109

$8-$10
Call 651-777-7451 ext.420
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Presented by Saint Mark's Lutheran Church (North St. Paul, MN)
  • Drama
  • Musical

Saint Mark's Lutheran Church is proud to present their Summer 2017 production of West Side Story!

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Performances are August 10-20 at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church in North Saint Paul, running Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors 65+. Order tickets online at www.stmarks-nsp.org or by phone at 651-777-7451 ext. 420. We hope to see you there!

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The Children's Hour

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

St. Croix Festival Theatre
Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N Washington St., St. Croix Falls, WI

13.50 - 26
Call 715.483.3387
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Presented by St. Croix Festival Theatre
  • Drama

Lillian Hellman's under-produced classic of the American Theatre, The Children's Hour is a story of selfishness, lies, and bullying - of loss of self, of self-discovery, truth and heartache. It's a tragedy of life and how malicious actions can take it all away. 

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Grease - High School Version

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

Ashland Productions - Maplewood Performing Arts Center
2100 White Bear Avenue Maplewood, MN 55109

Presented by Ashland Productions
  • Musical

It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers.  At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still get make demure Sandy his girl?

Friday, July 28, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 4, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 11, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, August 13, 2017, at 2:00 PM

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GHOST the MUSICAL

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Leadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$30-$40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by OLD LOG THEATRE
  • Musical

MUSICAL REGIONAL PREMIERE

Book & Lyrics by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN,

Music& Lyrics by DAVE STEWART & GLEN BALLARD.

 Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly; a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him in the hope of saving and protecting Molly.

Wednesday 130p Matinee;  Thu-Sat 730p; Sun 2p Matinee

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Ashland Falls

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

Northern Starz Theatre Company
5300 Alpine Drive Ramsey, MN 55303

$7 - $10
Call 612-326-6158
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Presented by Northern Starz Theatre Company
  • Drama

A school receives a mysterious script about a girl who died long ago. The director disappears. A new director arrives just in time and knows all about the story of the play. In fact, she seems to know it too well. And how did she get the dead girl’s ring?

Are the students of Herbert Hoover High too wrapped up in miscues, awful accents, and stolen boyfriends to notice? Revenge is coming. Who will pay the price when the real world and the play collide?

Each actor must play two vastly different roles in this spine-tingling comedy thriller. This easy to stage and intense theatrical experience will keep the audience on their edge of their seats. And the twist ending will make them question everything they've witnessed...

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4 pm

Milly and Tillie

4:00 pm
Runs 45 minutes

  • Closing night

Artistry - Black Box
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington, MN 55431

$7
Call 952-563-8575
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Presented by Artistry - in partnership with Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

Created by Elise Langer and Liz Schacterle with Director Jason Ballweber. 

“Like a good picture book, the show is bursting with life and invention.”  (Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet)

Artistry is pleased to partner with nationally recognized Open Eye Figure Theatre to welcome young children and their families into the Black Box with the imaginative play, Milly and Tillie. This “45 minutes of silliness and surprises” (Star Tribune) is a perfect first live theater experience for elementary school-aged children that will also delight their older companions. A “light and fanciful but rich and accomplished” work (Twin Cities Daily Planet), the play follows the antics and adventures of title characters Milly and Tillie as they set out for a picnic and find the unexpected.   

Make a Morning of It!

Did you know that our friends at the City of Bloomington coordinate an amazing Farmer's Market every Saturday morning in the summer? Held in the east lot of the Bloomington Center for the Arts, the market is a great place to support local growers, grab a cup of coffee and a pastry, and hear some live music. Parking on Farmer's Market Saturdays can be tricky, so we encourage you to come a little early to secure a spot - and while you're at it, enjoy a snack at the market and pick up some veggies for supper - all before the show even begins! For more information on the Bloomington Farmer's Market, please visit their wepage, here: https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/pr/bloomington-farmers-market

Performances on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and on Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

In the Black Box Theater...

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Swoopstake

4:00 pm
Runs 50 minutes

  • Closing night

HUGE Improv Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by (lumin)theater lab
  • Comedy

What could go wrong when Hamlet castmates discover that Ophelia is still under the spell of a stage hypnotist she saw last night? Betrayal of trust? Sexual opportunism? Criminal activity?

Swoopstake premieres at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

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5 pm

Skins

5:30 pm
Runs 45 minutes

  • Closing night

The Ritz Theater Mainstage
345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$16-22 for MN Fringe Day Pass
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Presented by Collective Unconscious Performance
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Collective Unconscious Performance makes their Minnesota Fringe Festival Debut with this World Premiere!

Dark, dangerous, and delightful, this re-imagined fairy tale takes a sordid slant on "Cinderella". From the twisted minds of the Brothers Grimm comes a tale brimming with puppetry and music. You know how it starts ("Once upon a time…"), you know how it ends ("…happily ever after"). And you know what happens in between… Or do you?

Appropriate for ages 12+ due to some adult language.

TICKETS:
Reservations for SKINS can be made here:
http://www.fringefestival.org/2017/show/?id=20171248

MN Fringe Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking on the "reserve" link above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival. More information: http://www.fringefestival.org/

CAST:
Sarah Dewhirst
Logan Verdoorn
Emily Zimmer

CREATIVE TEAM:
Eva Adderley
Emily Dendinger
Sofia Lindgren Galloway
David Hanzal
Leif Jurgensen
Kevin Springer

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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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7 pm

Paul Bunyan: A Strongman's Tale

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Closing night

Cottage Grove City Hall Amphitheater
12800 Ravine Parkway South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Donations only

Presented by Locally Grown Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

In this fun and engaging original story, Bea and her family go on a road trip to find the real story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.  In their adventure, they find themselves weave into the tales of Paul Bunyan and find that the story of Paul Bunyan is a long and intersected one, with feats of great strength, and Babe the Blue Ox not being at all what anyone expected.  Paul and his 7 axeman find fun and adventure by going to strongman competitions for lumberjacks and other strongmen of lore from around Minnesota and the US.  Will Bea ever find the true story of Paul and Babe?

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Blood Debt: A Fringe 2017 Production

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Closing night

Bryant-Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Degenerate Theatre
  • Drama

 

Can one truly justify excessive wealth? Blood Debt is a brutal play that addresses economic inequality. A Person has kidnapped a Billionaire, and forces him to pay a debt in blood while questioning his morals and decadent lifestyle. At this point in our culture, the topics and issues in Blood Debt, though conveyed to the extreme, have never been more relevant. Therefore, this production serves to remind us that, “Poverty is hell. Oppression is torture. And pain is the greatest bonding element. “

Blood Debt, written by local playwright, Austin Lee, marks the premiere production for Degenerate Theatre and features the talents of Holly Peterson and Jeffery Goodson as the Person and Billionaire, respectively. This production contains strong language and violence. It is intended for mature audiences only.

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Ambiance-MN Fringe

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Closing night

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
  • Dance

Following their encore awarded performances at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe, Minneapolis Ballet Dancers brings their newest production to the stage. A collaboration of multiple Twin Cities' choreographers comes together before your eyes.

With 10 new works and no story line needed, this amazingly Fringe-worthy show displays the athletics and artistry of multiple dance forms. Sit back and enjoy Minnesota's raw dance talent! Live music composition will be performed by Minnesota-based music makers. Don't miss your chance to experience Ambiance.

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PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life by Dr. E

7:00 pm
Runs 55 minutes

  • Closing night

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, MN

Fringe Festival Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.
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Presented by 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival
  • Musical
  • Storytelling

Dr. E's One Woman Show: PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life live at the Phoenix Theater during the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival + Theatre Crawl! 

WHO: Dr. E 

WHAT: Musical / One Woman Show

"PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life"

By Give Us Free Records, LLC
Written by Mary Weems

WHEN: 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm

Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm

Fri, 8/11 @ 4:00pm

Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm

Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm

WHERE: 

Phoenix Theater

2605 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, MN

Reserve your seat now at: http://www.fringefestival.org/2017/show/?id=20171229

Dr. E’s one woman show is a theatrical adaptation of her memoir, “PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life.” The gripping story takes audiences through crises of an urban Black girl ensnared in teenaged sex trafficking, addiction, and abuse to self-discovery and love.  Learn more about artist, advocate, and renowned inspirational university professor Dr. E at www.giveusfreerecords.com

This show is appropriate for ages 16+

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The Biscuiteater

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Closing night

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Jim Loucks, as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Jim Loucks' rollicking solo performance draws on his Southern childhood to tell the story of a small-town policeman, loosely based on his Granddaddy, haunted by his shooting of a black man in the line of duty. As he nears the end of his life, he seeks redemption through teaching his grandson to respect life and to respect himself. Winner- "Best Solo Performance"- Tucson Fringe 2017.

Written and Performed by Jim Loucks

Directed and Developed by Lisa Chess

Produced by Deb Loucks

 

“Loucks has the master storyteller’s art locked.” CRITIC’S PICK Cincinnati CityBeat

“Loucks displays great breadth in his acting, as he skillfully slips under the skins of six different characters, imbuing each one with their own intonations, postures and characteristics.” Charleston Post and Courier

“Loucks is an excellent performer, and theatergoers should watch for him in any future shows. The Biscuiteater is recommended for all.” Central Texas Live Theatre

"A powerful piece about guns, death, and dignity." Arts in LA    

 

For more info, go to www.jimloucks.com

Follow Jim on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cemeterygolfjimloucks/

Twitter: @_Biscuiteater

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