Thursday, October 12, 2017

10 am

MEAN Audition for Male Actors

10:00 am
Runs 75 minutes

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

$7 - $15
Call 612-623-9080
Buy tickets online

Presented by Youth Performance Company
  • Drama
  • Musical

MEAN

Written by Rita Cannon, Music by Kymani Kahlil

September 29 – October 15, 2017

Taylor wears plus-size clothing. Inam wears a hijab. Nick doesn't have a girlfriend.  And that's all it takes for these three teens to be singled out as victims by school bullies. But, despite what they think, they're not alone.  Supporting them in their struggles, their teachers, parents, and friends slowly show them that it's okay, even good, to be different.

Themes: Bullying prevention, “upstanding” vs. bystanding, human rights, body size acceptance, religious freedom, tolerance, accepting of others’ differences

Recommended for grades 5 and up

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THE HOBBIT

10:00 am
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids

THE HOBBIT

Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2017

Based on the work “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Adapted by Edward Mast.

Age Recommendation:  Ages 7 and up

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Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel! Travel with us as we magically transform our main stage into the world of Middle Earth and follow the tale of Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. This captivating 70-minute version is a ticket for adventure into the heart of imagination!

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

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SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

10:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

Sept 29 – Oct 29, 2017

Stage play by Joe Troiano
Based on the film “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano and Tom Hughes and the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano.
Lyrics by Joe Troiano.
Music composed and arranged by Jeffrey Zahn

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC.

Age Recommendation:  All Ages

Catch it again or for the first time! Spookley the Square Pumpkin sprouts back into our Hopkins Jaycees Studio for an encore performance this autumn! When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch he is teased by all the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends—the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe—try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley still isn’t sure he has what it takes. However, a threatening storm may just give Spookley the inspiration to discover his own worth. This imaginative puppetry extravaganza filled with memorable music will surely encourage you to “dare to be square!”

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC

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Balloonacy

10:30 am

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Kids

October 3- November 12, 2017

Balloonacy
By Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production
Best enjoyed by preschoolers

Imagine a single balloon changing one person’s life forever. It starts so simply: A balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man’s home on his birthday. Then something surprising happens—then something silly, wonderful and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you’ve learned something special about friendship along the way. Perfectly designed with the preschooler in mind, rediscover play in this back by popular demand production!

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12 pm

THE HOBBIT

12:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids

THE HOBBIT

Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2017

Based on the work “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Adapted by Edward Mast.

Age Recommendation:  Ages 7 and up

 BUY TICKETS  GROUP TICKETS 

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel! Travel with us as we magically transform our main stage into the world of Middle Earth and follow the tale of Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. This captivating 70-minute version is a ticket for adventure into the heart of imagination!

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Read more

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

12:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

Sept 29 – Oct 29, 2017

Stage play by Joe Troiano
Based on the film “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano and Tom Hughes and the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano.
Lyrics by Joe Troiano.
Music composed and arranged by Jeffrey Zahn

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC.

Age Recommendation:  All Ages

Catch it again or for the first time! Spookley the Square Pumpkin sprouts back into our Hopkins Jaycees Studio for an encore performance this autumn! When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch he is teased by all the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends—the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe—try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley still isn’t sure he has what it takes. However, a threatening storm may just give Spookley the inspiration to discover his own worth. This imaginative puppetry extravaganza filled with memorable music will surely encourage you to “dare to be square!”

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC

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MEAN Audition for Male Actors

12:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

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

$7 - $15
Call 612-623-9080
Buy tickets online

Presented by Youth Performance Company
  • Drama
  • Musical

MEAN

Written by Rita Cannon, Music by Kymani Kahlil

September 29 – October 15, 2017

Taylor wears plus-size clothing. Inam wears a hijab. Nick doesn't have a girlfriend.  And that's all it takes for these three teens to be singled out as victims by school bullies. But, despite what they think, they're not alone.  Supporting them in their struggles, their teachers, parents, and friends slowly show them that it's okay, even good, to be different.

Themes: Bullying prevention, “upstanding” vs. bystanding, human rights, body size acceptance, religious freedom, tolerance, accepting of others’ differences

Recommended for grades 5 and up

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1 pm

Livin’ La Vida Lutheran

1:00 pm

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N Plymouth, MN 55441

$29 and up
Call (763) 553-1600
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Looney Lutherans
  • Musical

The ladies of the Looney Lutherans are on a book tour in support of their masterpiece, (fictional) cookbook and lifestyle guide, Use Your Food: A Guide to Healthy Living Inside and Out, From Our Kitchen to Yours, Eat Like a Lutheran! They’ll give audiences some of the extremely essential life advice found in Use Your Food—like how to put together a “Lutheran-sexy” ensemble using common household items, plus original musical numbers like “Menopause Medley” and “Hotdish for Husbands.” Cooked up in 2006 by the founding members of the popular Church Basement Ladies series of musicals, the Looney Lutherans offer a fresh, funny take on a certain type of good Midwestern woman that has audiences laughing in recognition.

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7 pm

Story Club Minneapolis

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN

$6-$12 sliding scale
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Sam Ferree and Jamie Amy Ann
  • Musical
  • Storytelling

Story Club is a storytelling show that’s half open mic and half curated featured performers. Part one showcases three to four 8-minute open mic-ers chosen by raffle. No judges and no scores here. Bring stories in any state — everyone is welcome! Part two is curated every month and showcases invited performers.

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The Abominables

7:00 pm

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S; Minneapolis, MN

$15 and up
Call 612.874.0400
Buy tickets online

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

September 12-October 15, 2017
The Abominables

Produced in association with The Civilians

Written by Steve Cosson

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Steve Cosson

Choreographed by Joe Chvala

A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere

Best enjoyed by age 8+

UnitedHealth Group Stage

September 12 through October 15, 2017

 

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever. But he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet, and he's worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha! Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

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Minnesota Opera's Don Pasquale

7:30 pm

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St., St. Paul, MN 55102

$25-$200, subject to change
Call 612-333-6669
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Presented by Minnesota Opera
  • Drama
  • Comedy

This production of Donizetti’s bubbly farce presents the miserly aristocrat Don Pasquale as a silent movie star facing the end of his career in 1950s Hollywood. Locked in a battle of wits and wills with his lovesick nephew Ernesto and the crafty widow Norina, Pasquale must grapple with the new problems and possibilities of the modern technicolor world. It takes the clever scheming of the family doctor to teach the old curmudgeon a lesson—but not before a series of amusing catastrophes threaten to shatter his ego for good.

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How to Use a Knife

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

There are two ways to see a mainstage performance: 1) Through Radical Hospitality, admission is FREE on a first come/first served basis starting two hours before every show! 2) Advanced reservations are available online or by phone for $25 per person.
Call (612-338-6131)
Buy tickets online

Presented by Mixed Blood Theatre
  • Comedy

A suspense-filled, expletive laced comedy sizzling with sparkling banter and second chances!

In the cultural collision of a restaurant kitchen, Chef George, trying to stay sober, spends his shifts yelling at trash-talking Guatemalan line cooks, a wet-behind-the-ears American busboy, and a quiet East African dishwasher. But the heat turns up when an immigration agent arrives. How to Use a Knife bursts with hilarity, suspense, machismo, and surprises, as secrets from the past come to a boil. 

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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical

Life Could Be a Dream

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN

$30 - $40
Call 952-474-5951
Buy tickets online

Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical

Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract and realizing their dreams of making it to the big time!

Hear hits like: Fools Fall in Love, Tears on my Pillow, Unchained Melody, Runaround Sue, and of course, Life Could Be a Dream.

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Hoopla Train

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Czech & Slovak Sokal MN
383 W. Michigan Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Presented by Sod House Theater
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

This family-friendly variety show features music, singing, sketch comedy, feats of amazement and a talent show with fun prizes! Dance the polka, waltz and fox trot while being entertained by the region's finest comedic actors.

Starring Darcey Engen, Ellse Langer, Jim Lichtscheidl, Eriq Nelson, Kimberly Richardson, Luverne Seifert and Andrea Wollenberg, with National Polka Hall of Famer Florian Chmielewski & The Chielewski Funtime Band

FREE DANCING LESSONS 1 HOUR PRIOR TO SHOW!

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Sam's Son

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Art House North
793 Armstrong Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

$22 - $27
Call 800/838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by Bucket Brigade
  • Musical

Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble, the creative team behind Kingdom Undone, and ‘Til Death: A Marriage Musical, present their newest labor of love, Sam’s Son, a Prohibition-era Americana musical loosely inspired by the biblical story of Samson.  While this musical is not that story specifically, it is inspired by themes in the original story– purity, hypocrisy, judgment, and liberation. Jeremiah says, “I saw that the Prohibition era echoed those same themes and has striking parallels with our country today.”

St. Paul’s tainted bootlegging history is not lost on the authors.  Their unique performance venue is Art House North, a 100+ year old church in the West 7th neighborhood of St. Paul, and home to their theater company, Bucket Brigade. The show will take place on both levels of the church, the upper level holding much of the action, while the downstairs lobby is transformed into a speakeasy serving German pretzels from Brake Bread and draft root beer from Vine Park Brewery.

SYNOPSIS:  Gifted with unnatural strength, Sam Jr. wants to accomplish great things, but his reverend father seeks to shelter him from the wide world.  When a Prohibition agent comes digging for secrets in the town of Goode, Sam and his father get caught up in a tangled mission of truth, where lies get revealed at great cost.

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To Evaporate

7:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Ave N Saint Paul MN 55104

$12-$20
Call 651-645-5506
Buy tickets online

Presented by Persistent Theatre Productions
  • Drama
  • Experimental

A new dystopian play that brings to light how much we need to change how we talk about mental health.

Evaporation Day: the one day every year when you can walk outside your door and, simply, evaporate. In this new dystopian, a young woman yearns to change the government's narrative on overpopulation and the need for Evaporation. However, being married to the man who Distributes the Evaporation quickly becomes a nearly insurmountable problem.

*Trigger Warning: This show contains themes of suicide. There will be Talk Backs following all performances some with local mental health professionals from Walk-In.org and more.

**We will be donating a portion of ticket sales to Walk-In Counseling Center, and  NAMI Minnesota

Directed by Meggie Greivell

Stage Management by Kasey Jo Gratz

Sound and Lighting Design by Shanna Frasier 

Property Master, Julie Ann Greif

Starring Alyssa Brooke, Franklin Wagner and Amanda Kay Thomm

Dates: Thu-Sun, Oct 5-15, 2017 (Thu-Sat at 7:30 p.m. & Sun at 2:00 p.m.) 

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Man of La Mancha

7:30 pm
Runs 93 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN

$36 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
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Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Written by Dale Wasserman  •  Lyrics by Joe Darion  •   Music by Mitch Leigh
Directed by Peter Rothstein  •  Music Direction by Denise Prosek

Featuring: Martín Solá, Meghan Kreidler, and Zachary Garcia

One of the most honored musicals of the American theater, Man of La Mancha was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th Century masterpiece Don Quixote. It received five Tony Awards, including one for best musical play, as well as the Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical. Powerful, brutal, funny, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals, and who is determined to see life “not as it is, but as it ought to be.”

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In The Treetops

7:30 pm

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St Minneapolis, MN 55404

Presented by Sandbox Theatre
  • Kids
  • Storytelling

Sandbox Theatre presents In The Treetops, an all new play created by the ensemble. In The Treetops explores the incredible life and pioneering work of New Ulm-native Wanda Gag, the illustrator and children’s author of Millions of Cats. In The Treetops is an allegorical celebration of Wanda’s inspiring life, and is filled with music, puppetry, song and movement. The entire production is built from scratch via Sandbox’s unique creation process, and is our first show built for kids and adults alike.

A reception with complimentary beverages and small bites will follow our opening night performance, 10/6.

Library Appreciation Day, 10/8: Bring your library card and receive $2 off your admission (valid for tickets purchased at the door only – reserve your seat online and pay at the door.)

Millions of Cats Night, 10/12: Bring in an item from LAST HOPE, INC. COMPANION PET RESCUE’s wish list and receive $2 off your admission. (valid for tickets purchased at the door only – reserve your seat online and pay at the door.)

 

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SPEECHLESS

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Opening night

The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

$10 - $32
Call (612) 333-7977
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Presented by The Moving Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

When the weight of the world lies shattered on the ground, and you find yourself at a loss for….. what then…? Supported by music from Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Mozart, and more, five brave souls, dumbstruck, forage for a way forward. From the artists who brought you REFUGIA this past spring at the Guthrie, comes a raw new creation of movement theatre.

Directed by Dominique Serrand

Featuring: Heidi Bakke, Holo Lue Choy, Steven Epp, Masanari Kawahara, Nathan Keepers 

Thursdays - Sundays, 7:30pm. OCTOBER 12th - NOVEMBER 4th at The Lab Theater

TICKETS: FIRST 2 WEEKS

  • General Admission: $20
  • Group of 10+: $12
  • Student Group of 10+: $10

TICKETS: LAST 2 WEEKS

  • General Admission: $32
  • Student Tickets: $20
  • Group of 10+: $22
  • Student Group of 10+: $15
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Death of a Salesman

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

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

$13.50 - 26
Call 715.483.3387
Buy tickets online

Presented by St. Croix Festival Theatre
  • Drama

October 7th-28th
This Pulitzer-Prize-winning American masterpiece needs little introduction. Considered by many to be among the greatest plays of modern drama, Arthur Miller's iconic portrait of the traveling salesman Willy Loman creates a complicated picture of what the American Dream looks like in the life of one family. The opportunity to experience this massive story in Festival’s intimate Black Box space should make for an unforgettable evening at the theatre.

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Irving Berlin's Music Box Revue 1921

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center 11411 Masonic Home Dr., Bloomington, MN 55437

$23–$35
Call 1-800-514-3849, x1
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd
  • Cabaret/variety

This October 12-14, Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd brings you the first ever fully staged historical revival of IRVING BERLIN'S MUSIC BOX REVUE 1921. After Irving Berlin left the Ziegfeld Follies, he built The Music Box Theatre for his revolutionary music, dance, and skits celebrating the post-WWI world. Based on the original piano score, this production is a fully realized combination of all aspects of Irving Berlin's genius.

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Sing to Me Now by Iris Dauterman

7:30 pm

The Crane LGM Studio
2303 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

$10-20 Pick Your Price
Buy tickets online

Presented by Little Lifeboats
  • Drama
  • Comedy

The Greek muse of epic poetry breaks down and hires a human girl as an intern when she gets overwhelmed with her workload. In a modern mythological world, where dreams and ideas are tangible things, both gods and humans have to learn their own limitations and explore the place of the artist in a chaotic world.

What happens when the worlds muse runs out of inspiration? Under the guiding hand of director Victoria Pyan, Sing to Me Now tells a human tale of celestial proportions. The last living muse, Calliope, struggles to find the will to carry on in the face an impossible workload, caring for an aging parent, and unspeakable loss. With equal wit and heart, Sing to Me Now explores the balance between a woman's work, art and the value of her relationships. 

Pick-Your-Price Sliding Scale Tickets from $10-20.
Featuring:
Dana Lee Thompson
Cate Jackson
Rachel Flynn
Stephanie Johnson
Robb Krueger

Directed by Victoria Pyan

Creative Team: Jada Beaulah, Clara Costello, Lisa Conley Mitchell Frazier, Stacey Kawa, and Meagan Kedrowski

Performing in the Brand New Crane LGM Studio space
2303 Kennedy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Irving Berlin's Music Box Revue 1921

7:30 pm
Runs 180 minutes

  • Opening night

Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Drive Bloomington, MN

Presented by Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd
  • Musical
  • Dance

Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd presents: IRVING BERLIN'S MUSIC BOX REVUE 1921!  Out of the era of  Ziegfeld Follies, George White's Scandals, The Passing Shows and others that made Broadway Irving Berlin's Music Box Revues was among them.  The Music Box Revue of 1921 was at the beginning of the Jazz Age. The show is filled with music which will delight your heart, wiggle your toes, and make you leave with a song in your voice.  With comedy sketches laced throughout, youll laugh as audiences did so many decades ago.  This October 12-14, Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd brings you the first ever fully staged historical revival of IRVING BERLIN'S MUSIC BOX REVUE 1921. Based on the original piano score, this production is a fully realized combination of all aspects of Irving Berlin's genius. Jerome Kern commented that, “Irving Berlin has no place in American Music. He is American Music." Newly orchestrated for a simple pit orchestra, along with a complex piano score denoting Berlin's distinctive style, the production features a talented cast of regional performers, choreographers, and musicians. Join us at this historical theatrical gem presented at the Ives Auditorium. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Aliveness Project and Open Arms of MN for meal programs for people living with chronic illness, and YouthLink for homeless youths.

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Sam's Son

7:30 pm

Art House Theatre

Presented by Bucket Brigade Theatre
  • Drama
  • Musical

A world premiere musical, set during the time of prohibition. Loosely based on the story of Samson.

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8 pm

Grease

8:00 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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