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Rehearsals begin for The Last Boy in Blue


Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Wits’ End Theatre is pleased to announce that the 2012 Western Days play The Last Boy in Blue has been fully cast and is in rehearsal at the Chatfield Center for the Arts!

The Last Boy in Blue is a new play that tells a story of the first 24 hours of Minnesota’s 1862 Dakota War. As it happens, the first soldiers to meet Chief Little Crow and his Dakota warriors in battle on August 18, 1862, were from Chatfield and Preston. In command of Fort Ridgely and its garrison of Fillmore County farmboys and store clerks-turned-soldiers during that first 24 hours was a 19-year-old second lieutenant from Chatfield named Tom Gere. The Dakota were making a last, desperate attempt to reclaim their hereditary homeland from white expansion. Tom Gere and his 30 young soldiers at Fort Ridgely stood in their path. Fort Snelling and reinforcements were a hundred miles away. It is a fascinating true tale that we call “Minnesota’s Unforgettable Forgotten Story.” August 8, 9, 10, and 11 that story will come to life on the stage of Potter Auditorium in Chatfield.

This is a big story, and a big cast is needed to tell it. Forty-five actors and actresses are taking part in this show. Twenty-three men and boys will play the soldiers of Company B, Fifth Minnesota Infantry—the “Fillmore County Boys”—posted at Fort Ridgely that summer. “We were a little concerned whether enough guys would audition for us to be able to fill the ranks of Company B,” says Joe Chase, who is directing The Last Boy in Blue. “Men and boys are usually the under-represented demographic at our try-outs. But we did some recruiting—just like Beecher Gere and Josiah Marsh did in Chatfield and Preston in 1862—and we have our troops.”

Costuming such a large cast is no small expense for a community theatre, particularly when the show is an historical “costume drama,” and half the cast must be dressed in authentic-looking military uniforms. “We would not have been able to do this play,” says Chase, “were it not for a $6,200 Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage grant we received for the specific purpose of costuming this show.” This grant program, made possible by the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, is administered by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. “We are very grateful to the people of Minnesota and to SEMAC for this indispensable financial help that will allow us to bring a great local story to the stage in Chat .....
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Space Commando and other odd hobbies at DreamAcres Farm

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative on DreamAcres Farm welcomes David Harris and his one-man, acrobatic, autobiographical show “Space Commando and Other Odd Hobbies” on Friday, July 13 at 8:30pm. This is the second of three shows in the Play! in ..... 
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“Protest!” will showcase songs of the 1960s in this month’s “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

A full cast singing “Marching Up To Freedom Land” a capella will open this month’s “Over the Back Fence” community variety show. “Protest!” is the theme, and the show will feature a variety of music and historical and cultural referenc ..... 
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Call for artists: June 30 application deadline for Lanesboro residency program

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota announces a Call for Artists for the Lanesboro Residency Program. Applications are due annually on June 30 (postmark deadline), and residencies are scheduled October–April. The Lanesboro Residency ..... 
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Miss Harmony Scholarship Pageant

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

This is the 13th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship Pageant; we have three candidates vying for the title. They will be seniors at Fillmore Central High School in the 2012-2013 school year. Along with the title of Miss Harmony, there will also be ..... 
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Gammel Dag highlights its Norwegian heritage

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

Just as in the “Good Old Days,” this weekend’s Gammel Dag festival in Peterson will bring revisit countless forms of Scandinavian heritage, including arts, dance, and games through modern interpretation. The Vesterheim Museum, of Decorah, Io ..... 
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SEMAC awards arts grants

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On May 15, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 23 grants for a total of $110,035 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included seven Presenter/Production Assistan ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents The 39 Steps

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Patrick Barlow’s outrageous comedy The 39 Steps, May 19 through September 1 with discounted tickets available for previews May 11 to May 18. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Com ..... 
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Doug Ohman presenting at Chatfield Center for the Arts

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Award-winning photographer Doug Ohman will present “Vanishing Landmarks” at the American Legion Room in the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm. Travel back roads and small towns with photographer Doug Ohman as he ..... 
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