Thursday, November 17, 2022

7 pm

The Local Music Scene presents: Sesay

7:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Opening night
  • Closing night

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408

$10 advance, $12 door
Call (612) 825-3737
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Presented by The Local Music Scene
  • Improv
  • Cabaret/variety

Improv inspired by local music.

The Local Music Scene is an improv show that uses live music performed by local musicians as inspiration for improvised, comedic scenes. It is produced and hosted by Philip Simondet and directed by Sarah Arnold-Simondet, and has been running monthly at Bryant Lake Bowl since 2015.

MUSICAL GUEST: SESAY
Sesay is an artist based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, He moved to the United States in 2004 at the age of 9 and began pursuing music.

Coming from a family of non musicians, Sesay found inspirations from Church, where he started playing the Djembe, an African drum at the age of 5 in his hometown, Sierra Leone.

His unlimited passion and talent for music lead him to various paths. From being on American Idol to opening for a touring band and now doing music full time.

Have you ever seen anyone play drums with their guitar? Then you need to see Sesay.

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Monty Python's SPAMALOT ([email protected])

7:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

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

$10-$18
Call 952-855-9147
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Presented by Blue Water Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT ([email protected])

Book & Lyrics by ERIC IDLE

Music by JOHN DU PREZ & ERIC IDLE

[email protected]® Edition Adapted by Marc Tumminelli

[email protected]® Edition originally produced at Broadway Workshop in New York City.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this middle school adaptation of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight casts and audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

Blue Water Theatre Company's production of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT ([email protected]) is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com.

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Show poster for Hopkins Royal Productions. The words "Legally Blonde - The Musical" in pink text above a stack of pink hardbound law books which lie on their side next to a shiny pair of hot pink, patent leather stiletto high heel shoes, on a white background with a light pink grid overlay. On the bottom third of the poster in black text: November 17th through November 19th.

Legally Blonde -The Musical

7:00 pm
Runs 130 minutes

  • Opening night

Hopkins High School
2400 Royals Drive Minnetonka, MN 55305

Adults: $12.00, Seniors 65+ & Students/Youth: $10.00 (PG-13)
Call 952-988-4500
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Presented by Hopkins Royal Productions
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Hopkins Royal Productions Presents “Legally Blonde – The Musical” 

Hopkins Royal Productions is pleased to announce the fall 2022 production of “Legally Blonde – The Musical.” Performances take place at Hopkins High School’s main theater on Thursday, November 17, Friday, November 18*, and Saturday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m., with a matinee performance on Saturday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m.

Legally Blonde is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the beloved movie of the same name. The musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and filled with memorable, upbeat songs and dynamic dances, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

Our community of Hopkins students and volunteers all serve in various roles - as actors, dancers, stage managers, production, technical crew, and musicians. Together, they share their creativity, passion, talents, and skills to make this theatrical production one you won’t want to miss.

Hopkins Royal Productions Director Tim Williams said, “Legally Blonde has a great message about being who you are and not compromising your identity. The students have put a lot of hard work into this production and can’t wait to show you what they’ve done.”

Tickets are available online at: https://www.vancoevents.com/BKKY 

As this is a PG-13 production, everyone must have a ticket to be admitted.
Adults: $12.00
Seniors 65 and older: $10.00
All Students/Youth: $10.00 

Current Hopkins Schools staff and high school students can present their current ID badge to collect their FREE ticket at the door.

Seating is general admission, and doors will open one hour before the performance.

*Audio Description will be offered for patrons who are blind or have low vision at the Friday,  November 18 performance. Pre-show description will be available at 6:45 p.m. Please contact Hopkins Royal Productions via email with any questions about this service.

For more information or to follow us online:

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://highschool.hopkinsschools.org/activities/performing-arts

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hhsroyalproductions/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hopkinshsroyalproductions/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hopkinstheater

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/40670360

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Far Away by Caryl Churchill

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

The Crane Theatre
2303 Kennedy St NE UNIT 120, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Presented by Jackdonkey Productions
  • Drama
  • Experimental

Far Away by Caryl Churchill

Presented by Jackdonkey Productions at The Crane Theatre in Minneapolis

Far Away is placed in a surreal world at war. An ensemble of three explores fear and the danger of oblivion. There are also a lot of hats.

Run time: 90 minutes with no intermission

 

Tickets are $12 online (plus a small service fee) or $22 at the door.

Tickets are non-refundable.

 

November 17th @ 7:30 (Doors open at 7:00)

November 18th @ 7:30 (Doors open at 7:00)

November 19th @ 7:30 (Doors open at 7:00)

November 20th @ 2:30 (Doors open at 2:00)

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Ten Thousand Voices: Water

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

$0
Call 6122039502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things Theater
  • Drama

Directed by Michelle O'Neill
Music by Peter Vitale

Featuring the creative voices from our community presented by Katherine FriedGeorge KellerWill Sturdivant and Sally Wingert 

Ten Thousand Voices hopes to empower, affirm, and reflect the voices of our community partners by inviting participants to respond to writing prompts and express their own creative impulses.

This year’s theme is water. Mysterious, powerful, necessary; (number) writers responded with stories, dramatic and humorous scenes, and powerful memories of this elemental force.

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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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Silent Sky

7:30 pm

Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Presented by Univeristy of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance Departmenr
  • Drama

This period piece about female astronomers explores the tension between the bounded and the boundless, the limited and the limitless, and the known and the unknown.

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TO BOLDLY GO: The Adventures of an Indigenous Space Cadet

7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night

Open Eye Theatre
506 E 24TH STREET MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55404

$10-22
Call (612) 874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Theatre
  • Storytelling

Hosted by MPR's Kevin Kling, internationally-revered storyteller Dovie Thomason "beams down" for a stellar night reflecting on traditional star stories from her father, growing up during the first “Space Race,” falling in love with Forbidden Planet, robots and sci-fi, working with NASA, and the vital place for “Indigenous Science” (also called Indigenous Knowledge Systems) and storytelling in relation to science and technology. Linger for an 'after-glow' Q&A with Dovie, Kevin, and special guests following each performance.

A reception will follow the opening night show with refreshments prepared with recipes from The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen.

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The Taming of the Shrew (staged reading)

7:30 pm

  • Opening night
  • Closing night

Elision Playhouse
6105 North 42nd Avenue Crystal, MN 55422

Pay-What-You-Can
Call 651.321.4024

Presented by Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Comedy

On Thursday evenings during Othello‘s run, Classical Actors Ensemble is offering staged readings of three plays under consideration for future production. They are all pay-what-you-can by cash or card at the door; 7:30pm start time. Please join us to explore these plays!

Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
(tragedy, gory, Ancient Roman)

Edward II by Christopher Marlowe
(history, queer, English)

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
(comedy, controversial, Italian)

Featuring
Neal Beckman, Claire Chenoweth, Tom Conry, Samantha Fairchild, Bridget Foy, Ann Frances Gregg, Brandon Herring, Jackson Hoemann, Daniel Ian Joeck, Michael Kelley, Maddy La Roche, Jamil Lee, Kyle Marks, Samantha V. Papke, Dan Patton, Connor Rajan, Dominic Rodgers, Jan Rozumalski, Hannah Steblay, Erik Steen, and Alan Tilson

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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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8 pm

Footloose

8:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

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

$53 - $96
Call 952-934-1525
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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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Love Letters

8:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

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

$44 - $62
Call 952-934-1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Drama

Local beloved celebrities, Nancy Nelson and Don Shelby, have been invited to pair up in a poignant theatre collaboration to present A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated work, which ran successfully on Broadway and throughout the country in a timeless piece directed by Chanhassen Resident Artistic Director, Michael Brindisi.  There are ONLY eight performances to enjoy in Chanhassen’s intimate Playhouse Theatre, so seating is limited.

Don and Nancy will play Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale law school, and Melissa flunks out of a series of “good schools.” While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate.  Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children.  Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them.  However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave, to each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

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