Show sponsor: Lakeland Mental Health Clinic, will host a post-show discussion for audience and cast to share ideas about topics addressed in production.
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
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!”
NOT PART OF THE REGULAR SEASON, BUT FLEX PASSES MAY BE USED
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE TIME OF 6:30 PM
FREE for children 12 and under!
Produced by TigerLion Arts.
Written by Tyson Forbes, direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Directed by Markell Kieffer.
This is a mythic telling of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s and Henry David Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. It is performed outdoors as a “walking play.” A professional ensemble of actors and a community chorus take the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the script with compositions by Dick Hensold (2006 Bush Artist Fellow). The show is a family-friendly experience that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world.
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.
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.