Saturday, June 4, 2022

11 am

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical

11:00 am
Runs 120 minutes

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

$15-63
Call 612-874-0400
Buy tickets online

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical

Book by Kevin Del Aguila

Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler

Based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series by Jeff Kinney and the 20th Century Studios Films

Produced by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical and Kevin McCollum

Directed by Jenn Thompson

UnitedHealth Group Stage

April 22-June 18, 2022

All Ages

 

Middle school, ugh. It’s the worst. But Greg is determined NOT to be at the bottom of the popularity chart. He’ll leave that to his weird neighbor, Fregley. Or maybe Greg’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson. But it’s not going to be Greg… no way.

 

See Jeff Kinney’s popular character take center stage as Greg’s cartoon diary becomes a hilarious and heartfelt musical. Will Greg’s plans lead him to sacrifice his one true friend? Can anyone avoid the dreaded Cheese Touch? Grab a hall pass and don’t be late for an adventure familiar to anyone who actually survived middle school!

                   

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1 pm

Footloose

1:00 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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I Ought to Be in Pictures

1:30 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

Take a road trip with Libby as she impulsively hitchhikes from New York to Hollywood! With dreams of stardom, Libby expects her estranged screenwriter father to atone for his past mistakes and launch her acting career. But when she arrives at her Dad’s run-down bungalow, it soon becomes obvious that he is in no position to advance anyone’s career—including his own. With huge heart and wicked one-liners, Neil Simon (of The Odd Couple fame) crafts a poignant comedy about the lengths we’ll go to for a second chance.

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3 pm

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical

3:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$15-63
Call 612-874-0400
Buy tickets online

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical

Book by Kevin Del Aguila

Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler

Based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series by Jeff Kinney and the 20th Century Studios Films

Produced by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical and Kevin McCollum

Directed by Jenn Thompson

UnitedHealth Group Stage

April 22-June 18, 2022

All Ages

 

Middle school, ugh. It’s the worst. But Greg is determined NOT to be at the bottom of the popularity chart. He’ll leave that to his weird neighbor, Fregley. Or maybe Greg’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson. But it’s not going to be Greg… no way.

 

See Jeff Kinney’s popular character take center stage as Greg’s cartoon diary becomes a hilarious and heartfelt musical. Will Greg’s plans lead him to sacrifice his one true friend? Can anyone avoid the dreaded Cheese Touch? Grab a hall pass and don’t be late for an adventure familiar to anyone who actually survived middle school!

                   

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7 pm

NW4W: Lelis K. Brito | Ricardo Beaird

7:00 pm

  • Closing night

Red Eye Theater
2213 Snelling Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404

$20-30, pay what you wish
Call 612.870.7531
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Presented by Red Eye Theater
  • Dance
  • Experimental

2022 marks the first NW4W festival in Red Eye’s new home! This incubator of new work has become a cornerstone of the Twin Cities performance landscape, culminating in a showcase of the freshest experiments from Minnesota’s most risk-taking performing artists.

Lelis K. Brito

A Binding Strangeness

Direction and choreography: Lelis K. Brito

Dancers: Genevieve Johnson, Masanari Kawahara, Arwen Wilder

Ricardo Beaird

HOW FUN

Written, directed, and developed by Ricardo Beaird, Megan Burns, Daisuke Kawachi, and Connor Lane

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Stock Soup

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Spiral Theater
  • Comedy

An absurd farce with a delicious misunderstanding of the stock market, an aspiring internet star, and soup.

Chaos ensues when several aspiring stockbrokers accidentally sell the wrong stock to thousands of investors. Instead of fixing their mistake, they rest their hopes on a talented but camera-shy aspiring internet star and attempt to keep this secret from their demanding boss and an evil housemother.

Written by Kyle Munshower and directed by Kevin Duong, this is the third original, full-length play by Spiral Theater

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HAIR BALL! A Bigfoot Musical Adventure

7:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416

$15-30
Call (612) 874-6338
Buy tickets online

Presented by Open Eye Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A live band, witty songs, and rustic folk-art puppetry combine for a night of rollicking, family-friendly entertainment on the green roof of The Bakken Museum!

The resort town of Discovery Island descends into chaos, with trash cans looted and hairballs fouling the streets, and local conspiracy nut Jerry Loudermilk (Maren Ward) convincing the locals that a supernatural forest beast called the ‘Megapaw’ is to blame. When aspiring teen detective Winnifred Highsmith (Abilene Olson) goes missing after discovering a baby Megapaw, the alarm is sounded and Montgomery Ward (Luke Aaron Davidson), Canada’s elite forest ranger, arrives to save the day! Suddenly everyone is lost in the woods, seeking the hidden heart of the forest. Will they find it before the shifty resort owner, Fobelius Dort, burns down the trees to make a bigger golf course?  

An unabashed celebration of tall tales and high spirits, HAIR BALL is the follow-up to 2021’s LOG JAM! A Paul Bunyan Musical Spectacular, and the second summer collaboration between Open Eye Theatre and The Bakken Museum.

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Perfect Arrangement

7:30 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave Minneapolis, MN 55454

$18-25
Call 612-333-3010
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Presented by Theatre in the Round
  • Drama
  • Comedy

It’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

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LITTLE WOMEN

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Lyric Arts
420 E Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303

$29–$37
Call 763.422.1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts
  • Drama

LITTLE WOMEN | June 3–26, 2022
Written by Kate Hamill
| Directed by Elena Giannetti

Jo March isn't what you call your typical prim and proper Victorian lady. She's rebellious, opinionated, and certainly isn't afraid to speak her mind. As she and her sisters grow up in the middle of the Civil War, they strive to be brave, intelligent, and imaginative young women. But the world around them has other plans. While Jo aspires to become a great American novelist, her sisters—Beth, Meg, and Amy—also tend to their private dreams while juggling society's expectations of them. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s famous coming-of-age story, this new adaptation by Kate Hamill is filled with the heart, spunk, and beautiful imperfection that makes the March sisters and their story such a timeless classic.

 

CAST:

NINA AGUILERA ARAYA as Beth March
MARY CUTLER as Hannah/Mingott
DERYCK HAK as Laurie
FJEARE HARDER as Marmie/Auntie
CHRIS JIMMY as John Brooks/Parrot
GRACE JONES as Amy March
MARCI LUCHT as Meg March
ANTONIA PEREZ as Jo March
GLEN STONE as Mr. Laurence/Robert March

ARTISTIC STAFF:

ELENA GIANNETTI, Director
CALLIE AHO, Intimacy Coach
JOE BLACK, Stage Manager
SHANNON ELLIOT, Lighting Designer
PAUL ETSBY, Sound Design Mentor
MJ LEFFLER Scenic Designer
DANI KRIVINCHUK, Assistant Director
EMILY LUDWIG, Sound Designer
KATIE MARTIN, Costume Designer
WILL ROSIN, Assistant Stage Manager
LEITA STREI, Assistant Stage Manager
TORI SWEENEY, Music Consultant
KAT WALKER, Props Designer

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Leading Ladies

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

In this sparkling screwball comedy, two actors are so down on their luck they’re stuck performing Shakespeare on the Moose Lodge circuit in Amish country. Upon learning that a local millionaire may not be long for this world, they hatch a plot: they’ll masquerade as her long-lost relatives, make off with the fortune, and solve all their problems with her cash. But things go topsy-turvy when the actors fall in love with a rollerskating waitress and a theatre-loving heiress. It’s a delightful romp full of hijinks, high heels, and heart that you won’t want to miss!

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The 18th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Hanifl Performing Arts Center
4941 Long Ave., White Bear Lake, MN

$25-30
Call (651) 478-7427
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Ten short, never-before-seen plays from around the world are presented by some of your favorite Lakeshore Players Theatre performers and directors. Watch each show, and then cast your ballot for your favorite 10-Minute Play of 2022!

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Cabal

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The White Stag Lodge
2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$30/45/60
Call 612-375-0300
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Created by David Pisa and John Heimbuch

Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. 

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Cabal, a live theater experience with puzzles. An audience of 10 people explores an immersive environment, meeting characters and discovering large-scale, hands-on challenges.

Cabal lasts approximately 90 minutes. (It may be more or less, depending on how fast your group is at solving puzzles.)

Cabal is a theater performance, but does not have standard theater seats. As audience members move through the space, they may be asked to be stand or sit. Please be prepared to walk or move at least 600 feet during the course of the event. The venue and experience are wheelchair accessible.

Content advisory: flashing lights, sudden loud sounds, references to magic and the occult.

Recommended for ages 14+.

Covid policy: masks required. Proof of vaccination and booster required (or negative test taken within 72 hours). Cabal is an immersive experience in a small space. Actors and performers will be sharing the same area. Social distancing is not possible, but audience capacity is limited to 10 people. Actors are vaccinated and boosted, and will also be wearing masks.

More questions? Read our FAQ!

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Black Candle promotional photo

Black Candle

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55454

Presented by Katha Dance Theatre
  • Dance

Katha Dance Theatre is pleased to announce the upcoming revival of one of its classic repertory works, Black Candle. The new production is set to premiere at the Southern Theater June 3 – 5, 2022.

Based on the award-winning poetry of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and featuring all-new choreography by Rita Mustaphi, Black Candle combines the elegant medium of Kathak dance with text and music to evoke female joy, love, pain and resilience. Telling stories of triumph and bravery, it pays tribute to the strength and tenacity shown by the women of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan in the face of adversity such as sexism, misogyny and repressive cultural norms.

Tickets on sale beginning May 9 at southerntheater.org.

Showtimes:
Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm (ASL-interpreted; post-show discussion)

Learn more about the production at https://kathadance.org/black-candle-announcement/

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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.

Read more
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