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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 ANNIE JR
ST HUBERTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
11/15-11/16/2012
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.ANNIE JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels, or for middle schools where students may be maturing at different rates. The cast size and age range of the parts are flexible and the bright, tuneful score is easy to sing and filled with familiar numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 SWEENEY TODD SCHOOL EDITION
SAUK CENTRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
11/15-11/17/2012
This special School Edition has been masterfully adapted, working directly with Mr. Sondheim, to retain the dark wit and grand scope of the original work, with a few lyric and key changes to facilitate high school productions. The rare instance of a musical thriller, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler?s chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe!Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, SWEENEY TODD SCHOOL EDITION nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor: audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next.At the show?s core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs. Lovett. Although it has been extremely popular with opera companies and in concert presentation, SWEENEY TODD SCHOOL EDITION is equally effective as an intimate chamber musical.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 PIRATES OF PENZANCE
EDEN PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL
11/9-11/17/2012
A fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic operas, this updated version of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE took New York by storm when it premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent smash-hit Broadway run. Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE spins an hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. The beauty, wit and whimsy of Gilbert andSullivan's classic score is suffused with a modern sensibility, making this version an excellent choice for opera and light opera companies looking to expand their audience base. The sheer number of memorable roles makes it perfect for community and school groups. And with production requirements consisting of only two sets and a medium-sized orchestra, it should be considered by any company featuring comic actors with excellent singing voices.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Wayzata High School
11/8-11/17/2012
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by For more information on Wayzata High School, click hereFor more information on The Sound of Music, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Fridley High School
11/9-11/17/2012
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd WebberFor more information on Fridley High School, click hereFor more information on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Minneota High School
11/14-11/17/2012
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by For more information on Minneota High School, click hereFor more information on The Sound of Music, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Farmington High School
11/15-11/17/2012
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. G2K? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theMusic by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall BarerFor more information on Farmington High School, click hereFor more information on Once Upon a Mattress, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 SPRING AWAKENING
BLANK SLATE THEATRE
11/9-11/18/2012
Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL, strongSPRING AWAKENING/strong celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.divbr/divdivAdapted from Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years, it has been hailed as the "Best Musical of the Year" by thespan style="font-style: italic;" New York Times/span, span style="font-style: italic;"New York Post/span, span style="font-style: italic;"Star Ledger/span, span style="font-style: italic;"Journal News/span, span style="font-style: italic;"New York Observer/span, and span style="font-style: italic;"USA Today/span./div
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 LEGALLY BLONDE
ORONO HIGH SCHOOL
11/9-11/18/2012
Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 GUYS & DOLLS
PEQUOT LAKES COMMUNITY THEATRE
11/9-11/18/2012
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 COMPANY
THEATER LATTE'DA
10/25-11/18/2012
The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark "concept" show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. COMPANY follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who's going to marry someone else), Marta (the "peculiar" one), as well as with his married friends. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert Contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to "those good and crazy people," his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is "alone, not alive."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY is as contemporary and relevant as ever (witness the recent hit revivals on Broadway and the West End). It features a brilliant energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 INTO THE WOODS
PRIOR LAKE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
11/15-11/18/2012
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of The Princess Bride becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children. One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a timeless yet relevant piece and a rare modern classic.
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CACTUS FLOWER
Ted Paul Theatre
11/8-11/18/2012
A philandering dentist keeps his many affairs at bay by claiming to be married with children. When the ruse threatens to catch up with him, he drafts his prickly nurse to pose as his wife. She blossoms and he finds himself falling in love with the lovely "cactus flower" right under his nose. This Broadway hit later became a successful film with Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Chisago Lakes High School
11/15-11/18/2012
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by For more information on Chisago Lakes High School, click hereFor more information on The Sound of Music, click here
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
ST LOUIS PARK HIGH SCHOOL
11/11-11/20/2012
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon ?Audrey II? grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, Ramp;B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! brbrOne of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of a href="http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000188#"Howard Ashman/a and a href="http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000188#"Alan Menken/a, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney?s span style="font-style: italic;"The Little Mermaid/span, span style="font-style: italic;"Beauty and the Beast/span and span style="font-style: italic;"Aladdin/span. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, strongLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS/strong never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Park Square Theatre
11/19-12/19/2012
Enchantment, farce and Victorian lingerie fly in the adventure of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, all bewitched by Oberon and his band of fairies who inhabit the forest. Three interlocking plots of magic, mistaken identity, dreams and love unfold under the light of the full moon.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Commonweal Theatre Company
11/16-12/23/2012

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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/11/2012 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Guthrie Theater
11/13-12/29/2012
Joe Chvala directs this season's production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the perennial favorite that received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010 and continues the Guthrie's holiday tradition for the 38th year. J.C. Cutler will play the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the second time, following last year's acclaimed performance.
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