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Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company presents Miss Julie


Thu, Feb 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. —The Commonweal Theatre Company proudly presents the capstone production of the 2013 Apprentice Company, Miss Julie by August Strindberg, in a new translation by Ethan Bjelland. Performances run March 21 through March 30, with an encore performance during the 16th Annual Ibsen Festival on Sunday, April 14 at 11am. Call the box office at (800)657-7025 or order tickets online at www.CommonwealTheatre.org.

Strindberg’s captivating play follows an adventurous noblewoman and an ambitious servant as they struggle against societal expectations of their respective ranks. In pursuit of their dreams, the two vie for control and become entangled in a cycle of love and lust, domination and subservience that may ultimately be their downfall. Commonweal Resident Ensemble Member Scott Dixon will direct; previous Commonweal directorial credits for Mr. Dixon include last season’s A Christmas Carol, Ice Maidens (2008), and An Enemy of the People (2011). “Miss Julie is a passionate story about passionate people who cross the line one summer night and find their world has completely changed,” says Dixon. “Now they must decide whether to go further into this new world with all its new hopes and new fears or try to find a way to go back if that’s even possible.”

The 2013 Apprentice Company includes Katie Berger, Ethan Bjelland, Ana Hagedorn, and Paul Steffens—all were seen on the Commonweal main stage during the 2012 season.

The cast is comprised of Hagedorn in the title role of Miss Julie, Steffens appearing as the servant Jean, and Berger rounding out the show as Kristin, the cook. Bjelland serves in the critical roles of translator, adaptor, and stage manager. The set, costumes, and props are also handled by the four apprentices with the help of annual Commonweal company member Gary Danciu on sound design and a guest lighting designer.

The Commonweal Theatre’s Apprentice Program is a ten-month commitment designed for recent college graduates or young professionals with commensurate experience who would benefit from a prolonged relationship with a small professional theatre company. Focused primarily on experiential learning through a traditional mentor/apprentice relationship, the program affords artistic opportunities, regular classroom instruction, and administrative responsibilities in the areas of Mar .....
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The sewing machine and the typewriter almost defeated me in high school. I spent as much time ripping out stitches as I did sewing seams. My typing speed was an inaccurate 35 words per minutes. Realizing I could not be a seamstress or a secretary, I ..... 
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Rushford Library hosts author

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford Public Library is well-known for its on-going and varied programs. Keeping the pace going in the frigid winter, the library warms things up Tuesday, February 26 with a humorous evening with Minnesota writer Eric Dre ..... 
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“Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady” with Sarah Guy-Levar

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Some know her as “The Root Beer Lady,” others, the Florence Nightingale of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dorothy Molter is a Northwood’s Minnesota icon. Hear about the making of the wilderness area as it pertained to her 57 year history on t ..... 
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Why we recycle

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States and another group known as “Green Living” have made a lot of this information available for me to share with you. I realize you have he ..... 
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The 2nd Annual March Meltdown for Habitat for Humanity is just around the corner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Make plans to come to Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony on Saturday, March 2nd for the March Meltdown festivities and support Habitat for Humanity. The afternoon begins with a double elimination bean bag tournament beginning at 3:00pm. The ent ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Theater’s production of Leaving Iowa

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Rehearsals for Lanesboro Community Theater’s (LCT) production of Leaving Iowa are well underway and director Barbara Benson Keith reports that everyone is having a great time. Leaving Iowa, by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a hilarious sentimental ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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