Friday, December 9, 2022

2 pm

A Christmas Story

2:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4941 Long Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$30
Call 651-478-7427
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

Adapted by Philip Grecian based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark & on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash byJean Shepherd.

Join us for the stage version of the beloved holiday film! Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Featuring all your favorites from the beloved holiday film, including a "pink nightmare" & a "major award!"

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7 pm

A Christmas Carol Krampus

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church
1620 46th Street East Minneapolis, MN 55407

$12-$15
Call 612-724-4539

Presented by Classics Lost 'n' Found Theater Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

“A Christmas Carol Krampus” is an irreverent and satiric mash-up of familiar Christmas characters. Carol Krampus dreams of fame beyond her traditional role as a child-eating monster while Mrs. Claus and her number one assistant must battle a corporate takeover to save the holiday from a greedy villain. Characters such as Frosty, Hermey, the Grinch, and Dickens’ famous ghosts all make an appearance in a world where the snow isn’t always white and the elves are sometimes up to no good. (Recommended for adults due to language, alcohol use, and adult situations.)

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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

7:00 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$18-$33
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

 

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED
REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

 

ALL AGES | November 18-December 27, 2022

Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” adapted from the story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks | Music and Lyrics by Johnny Marks | Script Adaptation by Robert Penola | Originally produced, directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage | Arrangements by Timothy Splain | Orchestrations by William C. White

 

 

A Silver and Gold celebration with Rudolph and friends!

The timeless tale of misfits, flying reindeer, an abominable snow monster, and tons of Holly Jolly and Jingle, Jingle, Jingle. Based on the classic television special featuring all the characters and songs you love.

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

 

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PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC): SUN, 11/20/2022 4PM
ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE (ASL) : FRI, 12/9/2022 1PM
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (AD) : FRI, 12/9/2022 1PM
SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE (SF) : SAT, 12/17/2022 10AM

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The Wizard of Oz

7:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Blue Water Theatre Company
605 Rice St. E. Wayzata, MN 55391

$10-$20
Call 952-855-9147
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Presented by Blue Water Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

We're off to see the wizard! This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has entertained audiences for generations.

Performed by youth in 3rd-12th grade.

THE WIZARD OF OZ is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

 

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Applause Community Theatre One-Act Play Festival

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Dreamland Arts Theater
Dreamland Arts 677 Hamline Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55104

$20: $16
Call 651-645-5506
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Presented by Applause Community Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Applause Community Theatre is excited to present another evening that showcases the talents of Minnesota playwrights after our successful run in October. This one-act festival explores the theme of redemption and the quest the characters are taking or refusing to take on this journey.

The Piano Teacher by Terry Newby
Directed by Debbie Schneider
The Piano Teacher explores the limits of healing and redemption, and forces us to confront how we treat those we have harmed, and how we treat those who have harmed us. Told through the eyes of Army veteran Jeremy Witherspoon, The Piano Teacher asks viewers to consider whether forgiveness is earned or simply owed, and whether redemption without obligation is ever possible.

Reunion Forever by Cori Paulet and Terry Newby
Directed by Debbie Schneider
As four high school classmates prepare for their class reunion, they find themselves confronted with questions of responsibility, consequences, and self-perception. Reunion Forever explores the interplay between self-awareness and redemption and asks “What price must be paid before forgiveness can be granted?”

Decoration Day 2005 by Roger Barr
Directed by James Lundy
During the Iraq war, Robert and Marilyn Lewis lose their only son, Robbie, to combat. Their profound grief drives them apart and the couple separates. At sunrise on Decoration Day, each is drawn to the cemetery to visit Robbie’s grave. Their confrontation touches off a long day where each must come to terms with their loss. Decoration Day 2005 explores the human cost of war, the nature of grief and the eternal power of love.   

Featuring the acting talents of:
Benjamin Farrey-Latz, Brock Ray, Steve Thompson, Amy Luedtke, Santhi Muniandy-Deisch, Dennis Gerhardstein, Ginny Leutgeb, Nick Dibley, Pat Holt, Debbie Schneider, and Erika Reinhardt.

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Labyrinth Theatrical Showing & Shadow Cast

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Miscellanea Studios
3718 Cedar Ave S Unit B, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Presented by NerdDoms Universe
  • Comedy
  • Film

NerdDoms Universe Presents: Labyrinth Theatrical Screening & Shadow Cast!

December 9th - 7:30pm

December 10th - 7:30pm

December 11th - 2:30pm

We will be screening this beloved cult classic movie on our big screen while augmenting your experience with a shadow cast performance! We will also have "play by play" audience interaction (similar to the Rocky Horror Picture Show) complete with call backs, props, and optional cosplay!

Rated PG (Kids of appropriate age welcome! Parents, please use your discretion regarding movie content and appropriate age. Thank you!)

(Movie run time: 1hr 41min. There will be an intermission of approximately 15-20 minutes.)

*Snacks and beverages of all varieties available . *

The Movie:

Daydreamy teen Sarah is left home alone again to babysit her baby brother, Toby. When Toby won't stop crying Sarah wishes for her brother to be taken away by the Goblin King! Much to Sarah's regret, her wish is granted and the Goblin King Jareth takes the babe to his castle at the center of the Labyrinth!

Jareth agrees to return Toby, but only if Sarah can solve his labyrinth before midnight when Toby will be turned into a goblin forever! On her quest Sarah encounters creatures of all walks, good and bad, teaming up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the gentile beast Ludo, and the valiant knight Didymus. Things are not always as they seem in the Labyrinth and nothing should be taken for granted!

This Jim Henson 1986 cult classic is chock full of puppets and creatures and an awesome performance by David Bowie as the Goblin King himself!

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Nimbus Presents A Count Up to Christmas

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

Presented by nimbus
  • Comedy

When an Overworked City Person finds herself dumped and unemployed right before Christmas, she heads to a Quaint Small Town in the Heartland to regroup. But things in the Heartland aren’t all jolly and bright as the beloved town Christmas fair is in danger.

Join us this December as nimbus skewers the holiday movie tradition everyone loves and loves to hate. With sprinkles, of course.

Can the town be saved? Can an Overworked City Person find love again? Will there be a vintage truck and a gazebo? Find out in Nimbus Presents: A Count Up to Christmas.

Written by Josh Cragun
Directed by Liz Neerland
Featuring Annick Dall, Derek Dirlam, Jeffery Goodson, Jane Hammill, Christy Johnson, Tara Lucchino, Alex Stokes
Design by Ursula K. Bowden, Jacob M. Davis, Gaea Dill-D’Ascoli, Jon Kirchhofer, Rubble&Ash
Stage Managed by Alyssa Thompson
Photography by Emily Barrera

 

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Mary's Wondrous Body

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Elision Playhouse
6105 N 42nd Ave Crystal, MN 55422

$10-$50
Call (585) 766-4302
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Presented by The Birth Play Project
  • Comedy
  • Experimental

The Birth Play Project presents Mary's Wondrous Body, a new play written and directed by Madeline Wall, December 3rd-18th, 2022 at the Elision Playhouse. Follow the production @birthplayproject on Instagram! 

Tickets are available here and are priced on a sliding scale (pick your price, starting at $10). The venue seats no more than 50 people, so advanced reservation is recommended! 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Mary's Wondrous Body is a dark comedy with original music about the life and lies of Mary Toft, who captivated the medical community in 1726 by purportedly giving birth to rabbits. In the play, Mary steps into the present to laugh, sing, grieve, and (maybe) tell the truth. 

CW: discussion & depiction of childbirth, miscarriage, infant death. 

The play is written and directed by Madeline Wall, produced by Wall, Emma Lai, Patrick Brien, and Tia Tanzer, and stage managed by Alissa Barthel and Mariabella Sorini. The acting company includes Sarah Broude, Tessa Dahlgren, Isabella Dunsieth, Nick Miller, Gillian Ness, Emily Rosenberg, Laila Sahir, Tia Tanzer, and Caleb Wagner. 

ABOUT THE BIRTH PLAY PROJECT

The Birth Play Project is the brainchild of Madeline Wall, and it serves as a site of ongoing research into childbearing stories in the theatre, based on the principles of reproductive justice and the belief that birth belongs in public memory. The "why" behind the project is best explained through this article, published in the May 2022 issue of the Minnesota Women's Press. 

ABOUT THE VENUE

The Elision Playhouse is a performing arts venue in Crystal, MN (about 8 min from downtown Minneapolis) that opened in 2019 and is the home of Theatre Elision. The space serves as a showcase for local talent and an arts education resource for youth and adults. Mary's Wondrous Body will be performed in the Playhouse's unique "cabaret" space. 

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Beauty and the Beast

7:30 pm

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Starting at $41
Call 651-224-4222
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Presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Musical

Belle, a bright, beautiful, and independent young woman, is taken prisoner in a castle by a beast – an unfortunate young prince trapped in an evil spell. With the help of singing teapots, clocks, and candlesticks, she breaks the spell and frees the prince with a simple act of love. Brought to life in a spectacular new production, this “tale as old as time” is told in a fresh new way – a magical adventure about finding you can change, learning you were wrong, tune as old as song, Beauty and the Beast.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE LOCAL

7:30 pm

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

$35+
Call 6123393003
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Presented by Theater Latté Da
  • Musical

Featuring Dylan ThomasA Child’s Christmas in Wales
Composed by Cerys Matthews and Mason Neely 
and “The Longing for Amazing Peace”*
Music by Chastity Brown and Lyrics by Dr. Maya Angelou

Directed by Larissa Kokernot and Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Jason Hansen

Featuring Phinehas Bynum, Joy Dolo, and Bradley Greenwald

On a cold winter’s night, a group of locals gather to raise a glass and play a tune, calling forth the spirit of the holidays through story and song. Voices blend, memories are rekindled, and a bit of mystery hangs in the air. Theater Latté Da stages the world premiere of this rollicking new celebration of the season.

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A Christmas Story

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4941 Long Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$30
Call 651-478-7427
Buy tickets online

Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

Adapted by Philip Grecian based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark & on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash byJean Shepherd.

Join us for the stage version of the beloved holiday film! Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Featuring all your favorites from the beloved holiday film, including a "pink nightmare" & a "major award!"

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Agatha Christie's Mysterious Affair at Styles by Kate Danley

7:30 pm
Runs 130 minutes

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$18-25, available starting October 10
Call 312-333-3010
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theatre in the Round Players
  • Drama

The year is 1916 and, injured in WWI, Hastings finds himself convalescing at the manor of his old friend, John Cavendish. But when John’s mother is poisoned in the middle of the night, everyone becomes a suspect. The only person who can solve the crime is none other than the famed Belgium detective, Hercule Poirot. Full of red herrings, twists, and turns, Agatha Christie’s gifts of misdirection are on full display in the world premiere of this new adaptation by Kate Danley.

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MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Lyric Arts
420 E Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303

$32–$42
Call 763.422.1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts
  • Comedy

MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY | NOVEMBER 18–DECEMBER 18, 2022

By Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by Elena Giannetti

From the pen of America’s most produced playwright comes this charming and cleverly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It is two years later, and the Bennet family gathers at Pemberley to celebrate Christmas together. Unlike her witty and vibrant sisters, Mary Bennet is unmarried, nerdy, and growing tired of her role as the obedient middle sister. But an unexpected guest gives Mary the courage she needs to embrace her independence and find true love. MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY is an energetic, witty, and romantic holiday comedy about family, awkward love, and personal transformation that will delight and enchant Jane Austen aficionados and newcomers alike!

Tickets range from $34–42. Please visit our website for more information.

A sweet tale of finding one's self...and love in the process. Recommended for 8 and up. Please note, as a courtesy to our patrons, children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.

To ensure a Sign Language-interpreted performance on Sunday, November 27 please request accommodations by November 21, 2022. For more information on our ASL seating policies and other accessibility services, please visit our Accessibility page.

CAST & ARTISTIC STAFF
GILLIAN CONSTABLE as Jane Bingley
ELIZABETH EFTELAND as Mary Bennet
NOAH HYNICK as Mr. Bingley
SCOTT LABAN as Arthur de Bourgh
MAUREEN O'MALLEY as Elizabeth Darcy
BEN QUALLEY as Fitzwilliam Darcy
KATRINA STELK as Anne de Bourgh
SIRI WRIGHT as Lydia Wickham

GABRIELLE JONES, Understudy
JONAH SMITH, Understudy
WAVERLY ANN MCCOLLUM, Understudy

ELENA GIANNETTI, Director
CALLIE AHO, Intimacy Director 
SAMANTHA FROMM HADDOW, Costume Designer
KURT JUNG, Lighting Designer
KATIE KORPI, Sound Designer
BEN EMORY LARSON, Music Consultant
ARIA SHELTON, Assistant Stage Manager
SAMANTHA SMITH, Assistant Stage Manager
GREG VANSELOW, Scenic Designer
KAT WALKER, Props Designer
DALLAS WILLIAMS, Stage Manager
KEELY WOLTER, Dialect Coach 

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A Servants' Christmas

7:30 pm

History Theatre
30 E 10th St, Saint Paul, MN 55101

$15-$70
Call 651-292-4323
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Presented by History Theatre
  • Musical

1899. A story of love, acceptance, and understanding. It’s December on Summit Avenue in St. Paul when Monica, a young immigrant, is hired by the Warner family to serve as a ‘Second Girl.’ Mr. Warner, a very strict Christian, has recently lost his wife and mother of his two children and this holiday season is particularly difficult for everyone in the household. Monica, who is Jewish, fears that if she revealed her Jewish heritage, “her secret and true self,” she might be dismissed from the job that she desperately needs. A stocking stuffer filled with humor, song & dance, and a joy-filled musical! A perfect tonic for our times! 

ASL and Audio Description Tickets $30.00, must call box office to receive discount at 651-292-4323 or email [email protected].
ASL Interpreted : Sunday, Dec 11, 2022 @ 2pm Interpreters: Linda Gill and Nella Titus
Audio Description: Sunday, Dec 11, 2022 @ 2pm Audio Describer: Connie Fullmer
Open Captioning: Saturday, Dec 17, 2022 @ 7:30pm and Sunday, December, 18, 2022 @ 2pm Open Captioner: Laura Wiebers

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Alice in Winter Wonderland

7:30 pm

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave N Lanesboro, MN 55949

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

Alice is having a horrible holiday. Her parents are busy, her neighbors are mean, and her brother is, like, totally annoying. And she has homework – on Christmas Eve! – a book report on Alice in Wonderland. Disheartened, a drowsy Alice falls down her own rabbit hole and lands in an icy, wonder-less Wonderland. With Siri as her guide, and the help of the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and others, she sets off to restore wonder to their wintry world. Perfect for the whole family, this enchanting adventure is sure to warm your heart for the holidays.

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Striking 12

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia St #177, St Paul, MN 55114

$20 - $40
Call (612) 440-6681
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Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre
  • Musical
  • Storytelling

This concert-style musical tells the story of a man who's had enough of the holidays and vows to spend New Year's Eve alone, but he finds new meaning in the holiday with the help of his friends, Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, and a persistent stranger. It's a great way to ring out the old and ring in the new this holiday season!

Cast and Production Team

Abigail Chagolla - Ensemble
Kyle Camay - Jack/Ensemble
Rachael Furgiuele - SAD Light Seller/Ensemble
Madeline Kadlec - Little Match Girl/Ensemble/Bass
Umar Malik - Drummer/Ensemble
Nick Manthe - The Man
Charlie Morgan - Ensemble
Antonia Perez - Ensemble/Choreographer
Laura Potratz - Ensemble/Violin
Paul David Stanko - Drummer/Ensemble
Jean Orbison Van Heel - Music Director/Keyboards
Kari Steinbach - Director
Joe Hendren - Director
Mandi Johnson - Costume Designer
Kurt Jung - Lighting Designer
Forest Godfrey - Sound Designer/Audio Engineer
Dennis Joslyn - Scenic Designer/TD
Toni Solie - Stage Manager

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Little Women the Musical

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

  • Opening night

Arts Center on 7
18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345

$20-$25
Call 952-401-5898
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Presented by Minnetonka Theatre
  • Musical

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. 

December 9, 16 @ 7:30 pm; December 11 @ 1:00 pm; December 10, 17, 18 @ 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm

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8 pm

Footloose

8:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

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

$53 - $96
Call 952-934-1525
Buy tickets online

Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top Forty score, augmented with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

Footloose first burst onto the silver screen in 1984 and proved to be one of the year’s most successful motion pictures. The soundtrack recording reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and went on to sell over 17 million copies worldwide, generating such Top Forty hits as its title song and “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (both of which received Academy Award nominations), plus “Almost Paradise,” “Holding Out For A Hero,” and “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man).” With a screenplay and lyrics by Oscar winner Dean Pitchford, the story focused on young people, much like his previous, and wildly successful movie musical Fame.

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