Sunday, July 30, 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

Into the Woods

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

Arts Center on 7 - Studio Theatre
18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345

$15-$10
Call 952-401-5898
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Presented by Minnetonka Theatre Student Summer Stock
  • Drama
  • Musical

​“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim’s cautionary epic musical fairy tale about wishes, family and the choices we make. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchy "mother"), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine

Directed by Trent Boyum & Lauren Bartelt

July 15, 27, 28 & 29 at 7:30 pm; July 16 & 30 at 2:00 pm; July 23 at 4:00 pm

Adults/Seniors $15; Youth $10 (group rates available)

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Might As Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery

2:00 pm

  • Closing night

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
  • Comedy

Eleven years ago, wealthy Nebraska businessman James Herrold unjustly threw his only son, Paul, out of the family business. Now he wants Nero Wolfe to find Paul so he can make amends. But what if the young man doesn’t want to be found? And what if he’s the same Paul Herrold on trial for murder? This case draws the great detective and his devoted sidekick into a web of deceit, one that even the master sleuth may regret taking on. A world premiere commission by Joseph Goodrich, adapted from the novel by Rex Stout, and directed by Peter Moore.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive Chaska, MN 55318

Adults: $17.00 Youth (17 and under) $12.00
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Presented by Chaska Valley Family Theatre
  • Musical

Chaska Family Theatre (CVFT) is proud to announce its summer of 2017 musical offering - Rodgers and Hammerstein's delightful musical production of OKLAHOMA.  First seen on the broadway stage in 1943, OKLAHOMA became the benchmark for all musical theater's to follow.  With songs lke "Oh What a Beautiful Morning, "Surrey with the Fringe on the Top," and, of course, "OKLAHOMA," CVFT is positive that you "Can't Say No," to this magnificent production.  See y'all there!

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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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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2:00 pm

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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The Comedy of Errors

2:00 pm
Runs 180 minutes

  • Closing night

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

$15 - $49
Call 507-474-7900
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Presented by Great River Shakespeare Festival
  • Drama
  • Comedy

In between mistaken identities, mayhem, and merriment, The Comedy of Errors explores the essential human longing for what makes us whole. A raucous escapade set against the glittery, boozy backdrop of the 1920s, this comedy is sure to delight the senses.

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Steel Magnolias

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

Columbia Heights High School
1400 49th Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN. 55421

$10

Presented by Columbia Heights Fine Arts Foundation
  • Drama
  • Comedy

THE STORY: The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

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Rumors by Neil Simon

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

St. Croix Festival Theatre
125 N Washington St., St. Croix Falls, WI

13.50 - 26
Call 715-483-3387
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Presented by Festival Theatre
  • Comedy

Rumors  |  by Neil Simon
July 15th-August 6th
Neil Simon is one of the greatest comedic writers of the 20th Century, and Rumors is one of his funniest farces.  In this unforgettable knee-slapper, guests arriving for a dinner party are surprised to discover the hosting couple is nowhere to be found!  As the guests work to make sense of their hosts' disappearance, rumors develop and spiral out of control.  This play is fast-paced and filled to bursting with nonstop jokes and physical comedy.

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Shrek The Musical: TYA Version

2:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Closing night

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

Shrek The Musical

Theatre for Young Audiences version

Jun 23 – Jul 30, 2017  •  All Ages

Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

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The rousing fairy tale adventure of an ogre turned unlikely hero galumphs onto our main stage this summer in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. A wise-cracking Donkey, a feisty princess, a short-tempered villain, a cookie with an attitude and dozens of fairy tale misfits stir up the kind of muddled mayhem that calls for a real hero. Fortunately, Shrek is on his way!

MUSICAL  |  RUNNING TIME: TBA

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

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Grease - High School Version

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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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Play On!

2:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016

$26-$19
Call 715.386.2305
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy

Play On!, by Rick Abbot, is the hilarious story of a theater group desperately trying to put on a play despite maddening interference from the haughty playwright, who also keeps revising the script. Anything that can go wrong does.

 

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Play On!

2:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wis.

$19-$26
Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy

“Play On!,” by Rick Abbot, tells the story of a theater group desperately trying to perform a fun-filled murder mystery, despite maddening interference from the playwright, who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the play “Murder Most Foul,” Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the opening performance in which almost anything that can go wrong does.

Director Gorden Hedahl is a retired professor of theater and dean emeritus of Arts and Sciences at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Hedahl has directed over 75 productions for university, community, and semi-professional theaters. He previously directed “White Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Phipps, and has been directing at several theaters in the area. Most recently, he staged “Noises Off” and a segment of “All in the Timing” at Lakeshore Players; “The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow” in Stillwater; and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” for the Woodbury Community Theatre.

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3 pm

Don't Dress for Dinner

3:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

The Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114

$28 - $8
Call 1-888-71-TICKETS
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Presented by Gremlin Theatre
  • Comedy

Gremlin Theatre is thrilled to open our brand new performance space (and 20th season!) with the absolutely hilarious comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner – the first show we ever produced 19 years ago.

From the author of the smash hit Boeing Boeing comes this fast-paced and utterly ridiculous play; full of romantic entanglements, mistaken identities and outrageous plot twists.

“Two of the most rib-tickling hilarious hours I have spent in the theatre in some time... the perfect farce." - Chicago Style Magazine

Come celebrate the opening of our new theatre, have a beer at the adjacent Lake Monster Brewery and take in the ideal show to send you laughing into the summer night.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair

3:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

Maple Grove Senior High Auditorium
9800 Fernbrook Lane N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

$12 - $18
Call (763) 391-2787
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Presented by Cross Community Players
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic returns to the CCP stage this July. A bright and fun musical for all ages, State Fair  tells the story of a Midwestern family at the Iowa fair and features “It Might As Well Be Spring”, the Academy Award winning Best Original Song for 1945.

Performances – One weekend only!

  • Thursday – Saturday, July 27, 28, 29 ~ 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 29 ~ 2:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 30 ~ 3:30 p.m.

Location:
Maple Grove Senior High
9800 Fernbrook Lane N, Maple Grove, MN 55369  – Map

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4 pm

Milly and Tillie

4:00 pm
Runs 45 minutes

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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’66: Talkin’ Bout My Generation

4:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St.

$18 - $26
Call 612-874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Musical

Created and performed by Chronofon Productions: Bradley Greenwald, Diana Grasselli, Prudence Johnson, and Dan Chouinard.

With guitarist Dean Magraw and bassist Gary Raynor.

See the show that sold out at Open Eye last year!

This IS your generation! Remember 1966 in this rocking throw-back concert of music and history. Chronofon Productions reflects on this turbulent time and the impact it has had on our cultural perceptions and social fabrics of the day, then and now. Presented as a radio show — complete with DJ personalities, tips of the day, and ongoing news — you’ll hear stories and songs from this era we lived through and can’t forget. You won’t want to miss it!

Hear songs from 1966 including "Summer in the City," "Monday, Monday," "Secret Agent Man," "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'," "Sounds of Silence," and many more performed in imaginative arrangements by these artists. Even Dean Magraw leaves his guitar behind to bring a surprising and relevant vocal performance to "Ain't that Peculiar?"!

About Chronofon Productions

Chrono - (pertaining to time) fon - (abbreviation of "fonic", describing something we hear, such as music or a recording of music.

Chronofon Productions is a confluence of four principle Minnesota performing artists — Dan Chouinard, Diana Grasselli, Bradley Greenwald and Prudence Johnson — who together, conceive, research, write, design, direct, and perform musical chronicles of past and present artists, time periods, and places. Their diverse voices and writing and directorial styles complement and challenge one another, to develop dynamic, theatrical concerts for audiences of all ages and eco-ethnic backgrounds.

The artistic goals set forth by this group of experienced collaborators include successfully representing the artistic merit and significance of their subjects through the exploration and exposition of its music, art, culture, and social mirrors, while executing the material with depth, style, innovation and humor.

In collaboration with the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and Open Eye Figure Theatre, and with support from The Minnesota Regional Arts Council, Chronofon has created sold-out productions for the past several years, including Weill & Brecht - The Berlin Years; Jacques Brel: When We Have Only Love and '66: Talkin' Bout My Generation.

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6 pm

Scapin by Moliere

6:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

  • Closing night

Outdoor Theatre Complex
West Campus of Century College, 3300 Century Ave. N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$15.00 Adults-$13.00 Seniors, (children under 12 free)
Call 6517795818

Presented by Shakespeare & Company
  • Comedy

“Come on, come on!  We'll share the danger, like brothers.”  Scapin, a trickster and scam-artist, becomes the all-arranging schemer of his world of lovers and pompous employers. He puts his endless store of ingenuity to work; getting two lovesick young couples married and taking revenge on their grasping parents.  A comedic romp filled with chases, slapstick, and a cavalcade of bizarre characters driven to the chaotic conclusion by the scams of Scapin.

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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

Time To Burn

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Closing night

Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Presented by Red Bird Theatre
  • Drama

Red Bird Theatre’s production of Time to Burn, by Charles L. Mee, Jr., places people living on the margins of society center stage.  Set in an abandoned, disintegrating factory in Chicago, the play examines the lives of those the system is working to make invisible – immigrants, Muslims, gays, people of color and addicts.  Performed by a diverse cast, in multiple languages and dialects, Time to Burn puts faces on the issues and makes the political personal. 

July 20 - 30

7:30pm

Pillsbury House Theatre

PWYC available on select performance

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8 pm

LALA Festival

Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Presented by LALA Festival
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Experimental

LALA Festival is three days of performances, workshops, and inspirational talks about creating live art and living artfully in a digital culture. Featuring local and nationally-renowned artists including Adrienne Truscott, SuperGroup, Chantal Pavageaux, Billy Noble, Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin, Paige Collette, Jess Barbagallo, and more! All events are held at the Red Eye Theater.

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