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The Commonweal apprentice company presents Metamorphoses


Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company is proud to announce the capstone project of the 2010-11 Apprentice Company: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman. The play will be performed at the Commonweal Theatre in historic downtown Lanesboro March 24 - April 3, 2011.

The Apprentice Program, now in its third year, has earned a reputation for bringing exciting and fresh theatre to the Commonweal stage each spring. This year's offering, Metamorphoses, is a modern adaptation of ten Greek myths. Through vibrant storytelling, the play explores universal themes including the struggle between mortals and the divine, the inevitability of change, and the redemptive power of love.

Originally mounted in Chicago in 1998, Zimmerman's production electrified the theatre world and subsequently transferred to Broadway, where it was heralded as "deeply affecting" by Time magazine.

"As the director," says Daniel Stock, "I am interested in this play because these stories still fascinate us, over two millennia after they were first conceived. I believe we can better control our future by learning from our past. These stories continue to capture and illuminate timeless gifts: being human and being alive."

The Apprentice Company features Brennan Kelleher, Claire Kenning, Michael van Schoick, Jessie Sherman and Daniel Stock - all seen on the Commonweal mainstage during the 2010 season - and introduces newcomer, Rachel Kuhnle.

The innovative set design can be considered its own character, featuring a 9' x 9' pool of water on the stage. The set, sound, costumes and props are designed by the Commonweal Apprentice Company. Company member, Jason Underferth will design the lights.

The 10-month Apprenticeship affords recent graduates a transition into the professional theatre world, providing keen insight into the artist/administrator model through regular artistic opportunities and focused time in the areas of marketing, development and production. The apprenticeship culminates in a capstone project that is produced, directed, designed and performed by the Apprentice Company with the resources of the Commonweal and the guidance of the staff.

Metamorphoses has a limited run of shows. All performances eight are at the Commonweal Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. For ticket reservations or more information about any Commonweal events or programs, call 800-657-7025 or emailtickets@commonwealtheatre.org.

St. Olaf College Norseman Band to perform at Potter Auditorium

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Norseman Band of St. Olaf College, conducted by Dr. Paul Niemisto, will be presenting a symphonic band concert at Potter Auditorium at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free. A free w ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation dinner March 28

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation is holding a fifth annual dinner/celebration on March 28 at the Branding Iron. Tickets can be purchased from a director of the foundation, F & M Community Bank or at Weber & Judd Pharmacy in Preston. The deadlin ..... 
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Wanted: photographs of gardening, harvesting, etc.

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wanted: Your contemporary and historical photographs. The Lanesboro Arts Center is looking for people to submit/donate photographs of gardening, harvesting, and putting up (canning, root cellars, etc.) - either historical or present-day images in co ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Theatre is busy preparing to entertain you

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Rehearsals for Lanesboro Community Theater's (LCT) production of "The Cemetery Club" are well underway and director Barbara Benson Keith reports that everyone is having a great time at rehearsals. "The Cemetery Club," by Ivan Menchell, strives to an ..... 
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New Exhibit at Lanesboro Arts Center, February 4 - April 3, 2011

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

'Luminaries: Figures, Birds, Spheres' will feature new mixed media sculpture by Patty Carmody Smith at the Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Free to the public, the exhibit will open with an artist reception on Friday, February 4 from 6 ..... 
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Story of music, stories of home at Commonweal Theatre

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - The Commonweal Theatre Company, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, welcomes internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon and award-winning poet and essayist Gary Holthaus to the Commonweal stage at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Februa ..... 
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Luther College Nordic Choir to perform tour homecoming concert Feb. 8

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will perform Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

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Norwegian biologist to speak at Owl Festival in Houston

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The banquet at the 9th Annual International Festival of Owls may not be serving lutefisk and lefse, but it will feature a keynote presentation by Roar Solheim, senior curator of zoology at Agder Museum of Natural History and Botanical Gardens in Kri ..... 
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