Thursday, August 2, 2018

10 am

DreamWorks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure at Stages Theatre Company

DreamWorks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure

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

DreamWorks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure

June 29 – August 5, 2018

*Click for availability – many performances SOLD OUT

REGIONAL PREMIERE!  ALL AGES

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture. Book by Kevin Del Aguila. Original music and lyric by George Noriega & Joel Someillan.

Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett

Come “Move it, Move it” with us this summer as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those uproariously plotting penguins enter our stage in the musical adventure of Madagascar. Not content to live in blissful captivity, Marty lets his curiosity takeover as he makes his escape to explore the world. His friends and some unusual penguins will not be left behind as they all embark on an unforgettable voyage.

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Madagascar is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2pm
  • Audio Described (AD) Performances: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2 pm
  • Sensory-Friendly Performances: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10am

CAST: In alphabetical order: Kolton Ascheman (Ship’s Captain, Ensemble), Halima Bigirindavyi (Fossa Leader, Ensemble), Kimora Collins (Gloria), Faith Culbertson (King Julian), Nicholas Dekker (Melman), Mia Dougherty (Dream Waiter, Ensemble), Sophie Farrell (Private), Liliana Felton (Marty the Zebra), Athan Fischer (Rico), Sofia M Fraser (Mason The Chimp, Ensemble), David Gamache (Skipper), Sayer Keeley (Maurice), Indra Khariwala (Dream Waiter, Ensemble), Chase Kozak (Zeke, Fossa, Ensemble), Jackson Lyon (Alex The Lion), Chloe McMahon (Candy Hammernose, Ensemble), Hannah Seeman (Kowalski), Asgerami Semkoff (Lynn Lemur, City Lady, Ensemble), Medi Semkoff (Mort Lemur, Ensemble), Madeline Sundheim (Zelda, Fossa, Ensemble), Isabella TenPas (Dream Waiter, Ensemble), Jack Weiby (Lars Lemur, Ensemble), Alex Weiner (Dream Waiter, Ensemble), and Tiahna Wolfe-Shields (Police Officer, Ensemble)

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12 pm

DreamWorks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure at Stages Theatre Company

DreamWorks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure

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

DreamWorks Madagascar—A Musical Adventure

June 29 – August 5, 2018

*Click for availability – many performances SOLD OUT

REGIONAL PREMIERE!  ALL AGES

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture. Book by Kevin Del Aguila. Original music and lyric by George Noriega & Joel Someillan.

Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett

Come “Move it, Move it” with us this summer as Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those uproariously plotting penguins enter our stage in the musical adventure of Madagascar. Not content to live in blissful captivity, Marty lets his curiosity takeover as he makes his escape to explore the world. His friends and some unusual penguins will not be left behind as they all embark on an unforgettable voyage.

BUY TICKETS  GROUPS TICKETS  

Madagascar is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2pm
  • Audio Described (AD) Performances: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2 pm
  • Sensory-Friendly Performances: Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10am

CAST: In alphabetical order: Kolton Ascheman (Ship’s Captain, Ensemble), Halima Bigirindavyi (Fossa Leader, Ensemble), Kimora Collins (Gloria), Faith Culbertson (King Julian), Nicholas Dekker (Melman), Mia Dougherty (Dream Waiter, Ensemble), Sophie Farrell (Private), Liliana Felton (Marty the Zebra), Athan Fischer (Rico), Sofia M Fraser (Mason The Chimp, Ensemble), David Gamache (Skipper), Sayer Keeley (Maurice), Indra Khariwala (Dream Waiter, Ensemble), Chase Kozak (Zeke, Fossa, Ensemble), Jackson Lyon (Alex The Lion), Chloe McMahon (Candy Hammernose, Ensemble), Hannah Seeman (Kowalski), Asgerami Semkoff (Lynn Lemur, City Lady, Ensemble), Medi Semkoff (Mort Lemur, Ensemble), Madeline Sundheim (Zelda, Fossa, Ensemble), Isabella TenPas (Dream Waiter, Ensemble), Jack Weiby (Lars Lemur, Ensemble), Alex Weiner (Dream Waiter, Ensemble), and Tiahna Wolfe-Shields (Police Officer, Ensemble)

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5 pm

Cyrano on the Moon

5:30 pm
Runs 50 minutes

  • Opening night

Ritz Studio
345 13th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis MN

Presented by Red Dice Collective
  • Drama

Cyrano awakens in the afterlife to engage in one last battle against the Vices and Corruption of Man, as Roxanne struggles to reconcile his tumultuous legacy and her love.

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Doug Sees God: A Funnie Thing Happened on the Way to Adulthood

5:30 pm
Runs 55 minutes

  • Opening night

Rarig Center - Thrust Stage
330 21st Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55455

Presented by Albino Squirrel Productions
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Doug Funnie is an 18-year-old college freshman coming to grips with student loan debt, an upside-down work-school-life balance, and a myriad of other issues facing millennials today. Based on characters from popular Nickelodeon television series of the 90s such as "Rugrats," "Doug," "Hey Arnold," and others, Doug Sees God analyzes what it truly means to be a millennial. The fourth original play presented by Albino Squirrel through the Minnesota Fringe Festival, following Pocahontas (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mouse) in 2015 (remounted with Freshwater Theatre), A Mariokart Named Desire in 2016 (chosen for an encore performance), and Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical in 2017 (revamp pending for 2018).

$25 or higher donations to our Kickstarter campaign will receive two free tickets to any performance of your choosing! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844400425/doug-sees-god-a-new-orig...

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7 pm

Penguin Project: Annie Jr.

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night

Anoka Ramsey Community College
11200 Mississippi Blvd Coon Rapids, MN 55433

$8-$12
Call (612)326-6158
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Presented by Northern Starz Children's Theatre
  • Musical
  • Kids

Once a year, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds at numerous theaters across the country. A group of children in a program called The Penguin Project take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical.  This year it will be Annie Jr. These productions are unique, however, because all the roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders.  They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of “peer mentors” – children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through 4 months of rehearsals and through the final performance.

Annie Jr.

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.  
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.​

**Performances are at Anoka Ramsey Community College**

11200 Mississippi Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

 

Pricing

$12 Adults

$8 Students (0-18)

$8 Seniors

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Li'l Abner

7:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Blue Water Theatre Company
605 Rice Street East, Wayzata, MN 55391

$12-$18
Call 7632321025
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Presented by Blue Water Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Li’l Abner is a madcap comedy with a wild, energetic score that follows the hick residents of Dogpatch, U.S.A., as they try to save their town from nuclear annihilation. A send-up of American politics, hillbilly caricatures, and gender roles, Li’l Abner features a zany cast of characters, like Daisy Mae, who’s pining after Li’L Abner, Earthquake McGoon, who’s pining after her, and the evil business tycoon General Bullmoose, who’s pining after all the money in the world. Featuring miracle elixirs, ineffective politicians, and shady deals—alongside classic numbers like “Jubilation T. Cornpone” –Li’l Abner is a ridiculous romp that’s perfect for summer fun!

Performances:
Friday, July 27 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 1pm & 7pm
Sunday, July 29 @ 2pm
Wednesday, August 1 @ 7pm
Thursday, August 2 @ 7pm
Friday, August 3 @ 7pm
Saturday, August 4 at 1pm & 7pm
Sunday, August 5 @ 2pm

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Big Fish, a new musical

7:00 pm

White Bear Lake District and Community Theater
4855 Bloom Ave, Door G, White Bear Lake, MN, 55110

Presented by White Bear Lake Community Players Theater
  • Musical
  • Kids

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)

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Rejection

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night

Augsburg University Mainstage
625 - 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Presented by Theatre Corrobora
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Five friends become subjects in a study on intimacy, forcing them to be honest about their relationships. ‘Rejection’ explores how much a little bit of truth can alter lives and outlooks on love. Theatre Corrobora, a four-time Fringe producer, encore winner and TCAR Editor’s Pick (It Always Rained in Paris, 2016), presents a new original play about digital-age dating.
 

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Guys and Dolls

7:00 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E. Main St. Anoka, MN 55303

$25-$34
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Musical

By Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Directed by Matt McNabb

Frank Loesser’s brassy and immortal musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway involves the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, and a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but.

Guys & Dolls takes us from the bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City as it demonstrate the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a “doll.”

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Ferris Mueller's Day Off

7:30 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$30
Call 6123326620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy
  • Improv

With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW political satire!

After all - life moves pretty fast.

If you don't stop and laugh once in a while, you could miss it.

"Ferris Mueller's Day Off" features all-star performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Ryan Nelson, Tom Reed, and Taj Ruler; with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen.

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Venus in Fur

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Winona State University Performing Arts Center
450 Johnson St., Winona, MN 55987

$10 - $25
Call 5074747900
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Presented by Great River Shakespeare Festival
  • Comedy

Thomas is a playwright-slash-director, desperately in need of an actress. A young-ish actress. A beautiful-slash-sexy actress. A sexy-slash-articulate young actress with some classical training and a particle of brain in her skull. Enter Vanda. The resulting action is more complex, and more important, than any audition.

Venus in Fur, by David Ives, is a play that has only grown more relevant since its debut in 2010 – a provocative exploration of gender roles and the intricate dynamic of artistic collaboration. The question is: can Vanda trust Thomas to open up his eyes, and see the woman standing next to him?

Contains very strong language and sensual content. Suitable for people aged over 16.

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West Side Story

7:30 pm

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Musical

It's 1957 and two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are prowling the streets of Manhattan's West Side. When Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member, a rumble is planned. Like Romeo and Juliet they're caught in an ages-long feud with no escape, even as they pledge their love for each other. Through the genius of Bernstein and Sondheim, incomparable hits like "Maria," "Tonight," "Cool" and "I Feel Pretty" are merged with the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical.

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Next to Normal- A Bold, Brave, and Breathtaking Musical

7:30 pm

Northfield Arts Guild Theater
411 Third Street West, Northfield, MN 55057

Presented by Northfield Arts Guild Theater
  • Musical

The Northfield Arts Guild and director Eric Parrish will present the Tony and Pulitzer Prize - winning musical Next to Normal (Music by Tom Kitt with Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey) at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield. Performances will take place on July 27, 28, 29 and August 3, 4, 5 with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. 

In this remarkable rock musical, a suburban household copes with crisis and the unpredictability of a mother’s worsening bipolar disorder. While the show explores serious subjects, the stunning score is filled with humor, joy, redemption and hope.  Next to Normal was chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens - all appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling mental illness for 16 years.

“What musical theater does best is raw emotion,” says director Eric Parrish, “and Next to Normal is almost unbearably emotional. A perfect balance of situational comedy and painful life situations produces an extraordinary, award winning night at the theater. It is one of the most emotionally charged scores in musical theater out there, and this cast doesn't disappoint.”  

The regional cast features Michelle Drenth (Diana), Kevin Ideke (her husband, Dan), Kyle Yetzer (their son, Gabe), and Greta Jacobson (their daughter, Natalie). Elijah Leer plays Natialie’s boyfriend, Henry, and Bryan Reed plays Diana’s doctor, Madden. 

Director Eric Parrish is based in Worthington, MN where he is the instructor of music and theater at Minnesota West Community and Technical College and serves as Director of Music at First Lutheran Church, and as Conductor for the Worthington Chamber Singers. Selected stage directing credits include Ten November, Nine, Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar. Notably, Eric appeared as the Pirate King in the Guild’s production of The Pirates of Penzance last summer. Parrish holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Gustavus Adolphus College

Tickets for Next to Normal are available at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division Street South, online at www.northfieldartsguild.org, or by calling 507-645-8877. 

The Guild’s production of Next to Normal is sponsored by Rob Martin Agency: Farmers Insurance.  The 2017-18 Theater Season sponsors are Neuger Communications Group and Engage Print. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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The Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity

Park Square Theatre
20 W. 7th Pl, St. Paul, MN 55102

Presented by Theater Mu
  • Drama
  • Comedy

She’s a Hmong personality coach addicted to Korean Dramas (Korean soap operas). He’s the heir to a Korean manufacturing giant banished to the new Midwest office. Will she find a man before the magic hour of her 30th birthday? Will he buck tradition and embrace his musical dreams? Fantasy collides with reality in this romantic comedy about fate, cultural clashes, and the art of losing one’s virginity.

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The Clean House

7:30 pm
Runs 120 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 Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Is there anything more fulfilling than finally getting your house truly, deeply clean? We may never know because The Clean House is a side-splitting comedy about a cleaning lady who’d rather perfect her stand-up routine than clean the house. As she spends her days not cleaning, she befriends her boss’s sister—who lives only to clean. Toss in a love triangle and some sibling rivalries and you get a whimsical and moving portrait of humanity, reminding us that the messes and disappointments of life can be the most unexpectedly fulfilling times of all.

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Hairspray

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue North, Maplewood, Mn 55109

$13-$20
Call 651-274-8020
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Presented by Ashland Productions
  • Musical

Ashland Productions presents: Hairspray! The Musical! 
Show runs July 27th-August 12th
Tickets on sale NOW! $13-$20

The 1950s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of 8 TONY Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.

In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show's integration.

Hairspray explores the themes of racism and freedom of expression. It highlights individuality, and the importance of everyone working together for something to become revolutionary. The musical is empowering, as although it touches on racial issues that were prevalent in 1960s America, it focuses more on the attitudes that are associated with it, and the power that we have to change discrimination. The musical encourages individuality, acceptance and freedom. It is a musical that can be applied to any social context and time, as it highlights ongoing issues such as fat-shaming, racism and discrimination

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Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre's Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$27 - $60
Call 651-291-7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Comedy

The game’s afoot in this hilarious thriller that’s anything but elementary! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective duo solving their most notorious case. Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies and heirs. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit.

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The Legend of Georgia McBride

7:30 pm

McGuire Proscenium Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

Casey is an Elvis impersonator with everything going for him, including a flashy sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, “The King” transforms into an all-out queen with the help of some new friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth.

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All's Well That Ends Well

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Winona State University Performing Arts Center
450 Johnson St., Winona, MN 55987

$10 - $49
Call 5074747900
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Presented by Great River Shakespeare Festival
  • Drama
  • Comedy

All’s Well That Ends Well explores how we can grow up under pressure. In this play, we find Helena, a poor orphan, in love with Bertram, the son of a count. When Helena saves the life of the King of France, he grants her permission to marry whomever she chooses, and she chooses Bertram. Unfortunately, Bertram thinks Helena is beneath him, and abruptly leaves her. What follows is a “problem play,” a story of forgiveness, grace, and learning to have humility as we mature which is as messy and beautiful as a life well lived.

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8 pm

Disney's Newsies

8:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, Minnesota

$51 - $91
Call 952-934-1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly and his friends live day-by-day selling newspapers for pennies. When a publishing giant raises the price the Newsies pay - the Newsies declare a strike against all the publishing giants. Through courage, determination, and friendship the Newsies are ready to take a stand and seize the day!

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The Screaming Skull

8:30 pm
Runs 55 minutes

  • Opening night

Rarig Center Thrust
330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

Presented by Ghoulish Delights
  • Drama

Ghoulish Delights is proud to present Eric Webster in this adaptation of F. Marion Crawford’s classic ghost story. Originally written in 1908, “The Screaming Skull” tells the story of a retired sailor who spends a stormy night descending into drink and madness, haunted by the cries of a woman he may have inadvertently helped murder. This production features live sound effects to immerse the audience in a sea-side storm and bring the wrath of a vengeful spirit to life.

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10 pm

Wasn't This Supposed to Be a Musical?

10:00 pm
Runs 55 minutes

  • Opening night

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

Presented by The Skyline Collective
  • Musical

With a title borrowed from Billy Joel and a storyline extracted from personal experience, The Skyline Collective proudly presents an entirely original show, Wasn’t This Supposed to Be a Musical? Jonathan (a nurse) and Autumn (a museum curator) are two twenty-somethings in the golden beginnings of their lives. What should’ve been a grandiose musical in a Minneapolis art gallery rapidly disintegrates into a series of misguided romances and delightfully awkward encounters. Showcasing original music through the medium of a live four-piece band and four actor-singers, Wasn’t This Supposed to Be a Musical? is a love story, but not a romantic one; it's an honest analysis of the lies we tell ourselves to feel grown up; and it’s a hopeful celebration of the kind of adulthood that lets go of the wrong dreams in favor of the ones we’d really been dreaming all along.

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