Lex-Ham Theater/MN Historical Society to Host Staged Reading of OUR AMERICAN COUSIN, 4/14
(3/25/2015) - The Lex-Ham Community Theater, in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, will present a dramatic staged reading of Tom Taylor's Our American Cousin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in the auditorium of the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul The performance is directed by John Townsend. The event is free and open to the public.
BWW Reviews: Theatre Forever's New Original Creation NATURE CROWN is a Lovely, Amusing, Poignant Look at the Idea of Home
(3/25/2015) - I went to see Theatre Forever's newest creation NATURE CROWN in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio Theater not knowing what it was about. I left the theater still not knowing exactly what it was about, except that it's lovely, delightful, innovative, poignant, creative, and incredibly moving. The original fairy tale deals with the ideas of home, place, and change, but I'll let creator and director Jon Ferguson explain it: 'It's about returning to a source or place of origin, honoring that place and letting it go, all at the same time. It's about love and change and re-connection. And that's what I hope for everyone. Through the experience of this play I hope that this story and this place becomes yours. I hope that we find parallels between us, to better understand each other, and ourselves, in order to live better together.'
Circus Juventas Sets Next Summer Spectacular, 7/31-8/16
(3/23/2015) - Circus Juventas, the largest youth performing arts circus school in North America, presents their 21st Summer Spectacular this year from July 31 through August 16. Legendary storyteller Scheherazade's 1001 Nights comes to life, weaving her Arabian tales into one exotic adventure set in raucous bazaars, domed palaces, and bandit desert caverns-all told through the circus arts and more than a little mystical magic.
Kennedy Center Names 2015 Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award Winners
(3/20/2015) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the 2015 winners of Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards -- a series of annual grants which recognize American teachers by spotlighting their extraordinary impact on the lives of students. Thirteen teachers were selected in 2015 from a pool of nominations received through the Kennedy Center's website. Award recipients each receive $10,000 and are showcased, along with the people they inspired, on a website dedicated to inspirational teachers. The awards were created in honor of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday in 2010 and were initiated and funded through the generous support of Myrna and Freddie Gershon.
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company's JERICHO to Run 4/18-5/10
(3/18/2015) - Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) has announced the opening of a new work by Jack Canfora, Jericho. This regional premiere runs from April 18 - May 10 at the Highland Park Center Theater, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Tickets range in price from $19 - $28. Student and group discounts are available. To order, call (651)647-4315 or visit mnjewishtheatre.org. Press passes are available for the performances on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Park Square's 2015-16 Theatre Season Features Two World Premieres
(3/17/2015) - Midway through its first season producing on two stages, Park Square Theatre shows no sign of slowing down with its 2015-2016 theatre season. In addition to a range of area and regional premieres, the company is commissioning two brand new works - one for each stage - from Joel Sass (Great Expectations) and Christina Ham and Regina Marie Williams (Nina Simone: Four Women). The line-up also includes the first Midwest licensed production of an ingenious miniature musical that will delight mystery lovers, two family-friendly holiday treats, and new productions by two of Park Square's Theatres in Residence, Sandbox Theatre and Theatre Pro Rata. The season will conclude with a flash of mature flesh as nine leading actresses bare all in Calendar Girls by Tom Firth.