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Commonweal Theatre Company presents Sylvia


Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company presents A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia, May 21 through August 19 with discounted tickets available for previews May 13 to May 20. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Commonweal Theatre online at www.commonwealtheatre.org for exact performance dates and times.

Greg is a middle-aged financial trader in the midst of questioning where his career and his life have taken him so far, when a chance meeting with a stray dog in the park turns his entire world upside-down. This outrageous comedy challenges everything we think we know about love, sex, relationships, and the meaning of life.

Sylvia's director, Alan Bailey, returns to Lanesboro having previously directed Commonweal productions of 1940's Radio Hour, Art, Inspecting Carol, and most recently, Harvey. "What sets Sylvia apart and makes it memorable and fun," Bailey says, "is that an actress plays Sylvia, a poodle-lab mix. But this isn't an attempt at a faithful recreation of a dog, but an artist using her human body and voice and expressions to convey Sylvia as a full-realized character in the play."

Pet-lovers will undoubtedly recognize how powerful a force for change "Sylvia" proves to be in this play. "Without question, pets have the ability to change our lives," Bailey adds. "If you invite your pet to truly be a member of your family - and increasingly, many of us invite pets into our homes to fill larger and more meaningful roles - then they absolutely become friends and confidantes and combatants."

The love triangle in Sylvia features Twin Cities acting duo Phil Losacker and Kirby Bennett as Greg and his much-irked wife Kate with Commonweal Resident Artist Adrienne Sweeney as the titular Sylvia, who provides sudden competition with Kate for Greg's time and affection. The cast is joined by Commonweal Resident Artist Scott Dixon playing triple roles of a fellow dog-lover in the park, an old college friend of Kate's, and a marriage counselor.

Daniel Stock serves as stage manager and leads the production team consisting of designers Stan Peal (sets and sound), Jason Underferth (lights), Claire Kenning (props) and Janis Martin (costumes).

Thanks to support from F&M Community Bank, special weekday matinee performances are available for school groups at only $3 per person which includes a study guide, pre-show classroom workshop, and post-performance discussion with the actors.

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Bluff Country Gathering - Celebrating America's old-time music heritage

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wrangle up your mouth-harps, drag your banjo out,

Tune your old guitarra till she twangs right stout...(from "The Bunk-House Orchestra" by Charles "Badger" Clark)

And don't forget to rosin up your bow and crank up the wires on your ol ..... 
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"The King & I" auditions to come

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Auditions for the 2011 Wits' End Theatre production of The King & I are coming up May 30 and 31 at Potter Auditorium in Chatfield. Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m. This great Rodgers & Hammerstein musical requires a large cast and offers parts for all a ..... 
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Rhubarb Festival to be held in the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota, Lanesboro

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. May 11, 2010 - The seventh annual Rhubarb Festival will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 10am until 4pm at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro, Minn.

Taste Everything Rhubarb! You will be able to taste everything made with rhubarb ..... 
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An evening to celebrate living local

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO-Join Lanesboro Local on Sunday, May 22, 2011, as they celebrate the joys of living locally. A fundraising event for the non-profit organization, guests will enjoy an artfully prepared meal by Chef Stephen Larson at QUARTER/quarter Restaura ..... 
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"Take Note" showing at the Rushford Peterson High School

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Join "Take Note!" for their 5th Annual Spring Show on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30 PM in the RPHS Theatre. Your toes will be tapping and you'll be humming along with these familiar 50's and 60's Doo Wop tunes! Tickets are available at the door and onl ..... 
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An evening to celebrate living local

Tue, May 10th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO-Join Lanesboro Local on Sunday, May 22, 2011, as they celebrate the joys of living locally. A fundraising event for the non-profit organization, guests will enjoy an artfully prepared meal by Chef Stephen Larson at QUARTER/quarter Restaura ..... 
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Community theatre announces summer schedule

Tue, May 10th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Spring Valley - Brave Community Theatre of Spring Valley has announced their summer 2011 performance schedule. This year, BCT will offer two crowd-pleasing favorites - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Nunsense.

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The King and I coming to Chatfield this summer

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The King and I is coming to Chatfield this summer for the first time in the history of Western Days. This great Rodgers & Hammerstein production is loaded with memorable music, colorful scenery, beautiful costumes and energetic performers, including ..... 
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