2015 Season Announcement!
 
 
 
 
 

Theatre L’Homme Dieu announces its 55th Anniversary Season

of Musicals and Comedies.  (Some musicals aren’t comedies and some comedies aren’t musicals!)

 

RIVER SONGS AND TALES WITH MARK TWAIN (June 23-28)

Performed by the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and featuring Don Shelby as Mark Twain, directed by Jon Cranney, former Artistic Director of the Children’s Theatre Company. Through choral music and spoken word, VocalEssence will take listeners on a musical journey, celebrating life on the Mississippi of past and present – choral masterpieces, favorite folksongs, traditional spirituals, and Americana – all paired with the words of Mark Twain as performed by former Alexandria resident and longtime newscaster Don Shelby. 

 

NEXT TO NORMAL – Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian York (July 7-12)

Produced by Yellow Tree Theatre (Osseo)            

Directed by Ben McGovern

This Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning rock opera tells the story of a mother battling bipolar disorder and the affect the illness has on her family. Her kaleidoscope of feelings—anger, yearning, sorrow, loss and guilt—coexists in every note in this contemporary musical of muscular grace and operatic force.  Unflinchingly honest yet still hopeful, Next to Normal is a feel-everything musical that packs a seismic emotional punch with the electric momentum of a heavy metal concert, the lyricism of a music box and the twanging heartbreak of a country ballad.  “A brave, breathtaking musical.”—NY Times

 

2 SUGARS, ROOM FOR CREAM (July 14-19)

Written, produced, directed, and performed by Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool (Twin Cities)

Winner of a 2013 Ivey Award, this show takes an honest and silly look at why we drink coffee and other things. It is a series of scenes and original music performed by two beloved Twin Cities performers, Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool. Sit back and enjoy what audiences called “well-crafted, sweet, sassy and totally delicious!”

 

RING OF FIRE – by Richard Maltby, Jr. and William Meade (July 28-August 2) 

Produced by Troupe America and Plymouth Playhouse 

Directed by Curt Wollan, Producing Artistic Director of Troupe America

Through words and music, this jukebox musical honors and brings to life a remarkable musical legend – Johnny Cash.  Full of love and emotion, humor and empathy, Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash pays tribute to the legendary Man in Black with dance, comedy, stories, tragedy and love.  You won’t see an impersonator on stage.  The entire cast of eight – men and women – play the legend that is Johnny Cash, covering 32 songs that include country, rock, folk, gospel, and blues. (PLEASE NOTE, THIS SHOW IS PENDING CONFIRMATION)

 

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (August 4-9)

Produced by Daleko Arts (New Prague)

Directed by Amanda White Thietje

Based on a 1960 low-budget film, this comedy horror pop musical tells the story of nerdy Seymour Krelborn, who happens upon an unusual (and, as it turns out, lucrative) plant. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. As Seymour’s aspirations for fame and fortune grow, so does the flytrap, until mayhem and murder ensue. The music in this winner of four New York awards for Best Musical is in the style of early 1960’s doo-wop, rock and roll, and Motown.

 

Back by popular demand with TWO concerts May 29 and 30 The Fabulous Armadillos. BOGO purchasers get first dibs on tickets.

 

All subscribers will be notified of any house concerts in the lodge.

 
 
TLHD Receives Substantial Grant!
 
 
 
We are delighted and humbled to announce that Theatre L'Homme Dieu is the recipient of a Difference Maker grant from the Alexandria Area Community Foundation. We received $23,000 for building updates and equipment to further our ability to produce and present live theatre, fine arts, and educational programming in the Lakes Area. Thanks to the AACF, the Maritime Museum for a lovely reception, and to our patrons for 54 years of continued support! 
 
The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) is a public charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community. since 1992, AACF has helped fund activities that improve the quality of life in the Lakes Area, and the Foundation provides a variety of services to donors, their professional advisors and nonprofit organizations. AACF is affiliated with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, which administers more than 600 funds totaling more than $105 million. Learn more at AlexandriaFoundation.org.




Don't Forget About Us!
 
 
 
It's been an exciting season that has included a concert event, hilarious romps, some heartwarming tales, dance, puppetry, and a summer workshop series. We've had amazing guest artists and incredible companies here to share their skill, talent, and joy for the theatre. You've joined us for live music and an incredibly well-received artist workshop & reading of a classic play under the green trees. 

Even though those leaves will change color, the weather will turn colder, and the days get shorter, rest assured we are hard at work getting our 2015 55th Anniversary Season up and running. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@tlhommedieu) for up-to-date announcements about our season, classes, and special 55th Anniversary events. 
 
It's going to be great. You won't want to miss out!
 
 
 
Exciting news from the Minnesota State Arts Board!
 
 
Theatre L'Homme Dieu was awarded a multi-year operating grant as part of a pilot program through the Minnesota State Arts Board.  It provides general operating support to high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities.

Our Mission: Theatre L’Homme Dieu produces and presents exceptional live theatre, fine arts and educational programming that celebrates culture and nurtures community, enriching the quality of life throughout Alexandria, the Lakes Area and Central Minnesota.

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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Get more involved and help support the theatre!
 
 
-Make a contribution
-Invite a guest to join you in the audience
-Become a volunteer usher
-Host a cocktail fundraiser in your home
-Get your kids to do community/volunteer service through school/church
-Volunteer your time painting, doing small building repairs
-Remember TLHD in your will
-Join the Friends of the Theatre organization
-Help plan the 55th Anniversary event
-Connect us with TLHD alums
-Sponsor a show

Contact Interim Director, Sara Schwabe, for more information at tlhd@tlhd.org or 320-846-3150 (during seasonal box office hours).