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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 2011 season


Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company, located in historic, downtown Lanesboro, proudly announces the lineup for its 2011 season of plays. Five mainstage productions - a masterwork from playwright Henrik Ibsen, a tragically funny look at man's best friend, a riotous campy musical, a classic small-town American tale, and a heartwarming holiday comedy - each explores the power of the community around us to shape our lives.

The twenty-third season for the Commonweal Theatre Company officially opens with An Enemy of the People, a classic play from Henrik Ibsen, the Father of Modern Drama. First presented by the Commonweal in 2001, it is the story of a doctor in a small tourist town who discovers the waters of the health springs, which have made the town famous, are dangerously polluted. But when no one wants to hear the truth, the doctor finds himself standing alone against his friends, neighbors, and even his own family, in his crusade to save the town from itself. An Enemy of the People will tour several sites in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin before officially opening in Lanesboro on April 16th as the centerpiece of Commonweal's 14th Annual Ibsen Festival.

An Enemy of the People will then run at the Commonweal through June 10th, playing partially in repertory with A.R. Gurney's off-Broadway comedy, Sylvia. When a middle-aged Manhattan businessman brings home a stray dog from the park, his new four-legged friend ends up turning his life and his marriage upside-down in surprising ways. Sylvia opens May 21st and closes August 19th.

One of the most fun, campy musicals of all time takes to the Commonweal stage in the summer and fall. Based on Roger Corman's cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Skid Row florist Seymour Krelborn who discovers an amazing talking (and singing!) Venus flytrap named Audrey. Audrey has the power to grant Seymour's every wish, but only if he satisfies the plant's very unusual appetite! It's man versus plant in a musical romp the whole family will love! Little Shop of Horrors plays from June 25th through October 28th.

In the fall of 2011, a great American novels comes to life at the Commonweal. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of one woman's memories growing up in the Deep South during the Depression, and what happened one summer when her lawyer-father confronted bigotry in their small town head-on by deciding to defend a black man falsely accused of a horrible c .....
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Swingstation Fundraiser a success for Lanesboro Arts Center

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Thanks to much community and regional support, the Lanesboro Arts Center's annual 'Swingsation' gala fundraiser was a success, raising $29,000+ for Lanesboro Arts Center programming. Contributing to the success of this event was a wide variety of vo ..... 
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Northern Lights Women's Chorus fall concert

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

"A Choral Celebration" will be presented by Northern Lights on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago St., in Decorah. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The Women's Chorus began in 1996 and celebrates its 6th ..... 
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Vesterheim and ArtHaus offer barnetimen (children's hour)

Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and ArtHaus invite all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to a "Tradition Expedition" during Barnetimen (Children's Hour) on Tuesday, November 16, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Me ..... 
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Lanesboro Winter Escapades

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture



As winter approaches and the holiday season gets underway, it is normal for people to get busy. Stress can be high this time of year, with the expenses and work of planning the holiday get-togethers. It is also a time that many people do not ..... 
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Luther College to host Lutheran Festival of Writing Oct. 29-31

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa- Creative writers will gather, present readings of their work and lead discussions about writing and the writer's life at "The Vibrant Word: A Lutheran Festival of Writing," Oct. 29-31 at Luther College.

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The Art of Food at Lanesboro Arts Center

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will feature work by 32 regional artists in a juried exhibit entitled "The Art of Food" to be held October 23 - December 23, 2010. Art will range from photography to paper mosaic to watercolor to printmaking to jewelry. The exh ..... 
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Renda Sacquitne honored through Vesterheim donation

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa-Family and friends of the late Renda Sacquitne, Decorah, have donated two benches to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum's Open Air Division as a memorial in her honor.

Renda Sacquitne was a Vesterheim volunteer who led tours ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre's student matinee series ready for the school year

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its Student Matinee Series for the fall semester of 2010. This program reaches more than 1,500 regional students and teachers annually as part of Commonweal Theatre's goal that every high s ..... 
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