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Commonweal Theatre's educational programs ready for 2010


Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN is readying its educational programs for an exciting year in 2010. Education is an integral part of the theatre's mission, creating opportunities for Commonweal artists to teach, study, and practice their craft while serving the region in a unique way. "By teaching, we're forced to confront our own assumptions about our art," explains Commonweal's Artistic Director Hal Cropp. "Sharing our knowledge and experience with others sharpens our own work while simultaneously grooming and deepening the love of theatre for future audiences."

One cornerstone of Commonweal's educational programming is the Student Matinee Series. In 2009, more than 1600 middle and high school students attended special student matinee performances of Commonweal's mainstage shows. Karen Rooney from Holmen High School says the production of Hedda Gabler seen by her seniors was "a highlight of the year for my AP Literature students." Laura Christiansen from ZED Futures/CHOICE brought a class to see A Midnight Dreary last fall. "We all enjoyed the experience," she says. "It opened a new door to some kids who'd never been to live theatre."

For only $5 per person, participants in the Student Matinee Series receive tickets to a weekday morning performance at the Commonweal, a comprehensive study guide, a technical theatre demonstration, a post-show discussion with the cast, and a pre-show workshop in their classroom taught by the actors. The Student Matinee Series is underwritten by F&M Community Bank, who also pays for the admission for any student from Lanesboro High School, Fillmore Central, or Chatfield High School. "F&M Community Bank has played, and continues to play, a vital role," says Cropp, "in removing barriers standing between us and the young people of our region." Teachers needing more information can contact David Hennessey at 507-467-2905 ext. 205 or email david@commonwealtheatre.org.

This summer, Commonweal again offers a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in an intensive two-week, non-residential theatre training program. At the Commonweal Conservatory, students work directly with artists from all over the country, exploring a variety of topics and skills from acting to improvisation to play analysis and more. Previous theatre experience is not required. Enrollment is by application and space in the Conservatory is limited. For more information, contact Jerome Yorke at 507-467-290 .....
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SEMAC awards Arts & Culture Heritage Grants

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

On February 16, 2010, the board of directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc., (SEMAC) awarded 15 grants in the new Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant category for a total of $178,250 in funding to arts organizations in southeastern Minn ..... 
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Israeli jazz pianist and composer to perform in Lanesboro

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

Lanesboro Arts Center will present internationally-acclaimed Israeli pianist and composer Anat Fort in concert on Saturday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Anat Fort will perform with Adam Linz on bass and J.T. Bates ..... 
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Footloose is Chatfield's Western Days 2010 musical

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

Wits' End Theatre has chosen Footloose for its 2010 Western Days musical. The play is billed as "the most successful rock & roll musical," and is loaded with dancing roles, mostly for teenagers. The story involves a group of teens pushing the author ..... 
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Footloose is Chatfield's Western Days 2010 musical

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wits' End Theatre has chosen Footloose for its 2010 Western Days musical. The play is billed as "the most successful rock & roll musical," and is loaded with dancing roles, mostly for teenagers. The story involves a group of teens pushing the author ..... 
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Houston's Festival of Owls

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Fly on over to Houston, MN, to have a hooting good time at the International Festival of Owls March 5-7. There's no need to register to experience a Barn Owl flying over your head, make owl crafts, hoot it up at the kids' owl hooting contest, or to ..... 
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Old-Time String-Band music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops coming to Preston Public Library

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Preston Public Library in collaboration with Riverside Concerts, Arts Midwest and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council will present old-time string-band music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 7 PM in the Preston P ..... 
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Marge Gibson keynote speaker at Owl Festival

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

If anyone can speak bird, it's Marge Gibson. There is a special understanding that exists between Gibson and birds that is key to her success as a wildlife rehabilitator. But rehabilitation isn't what she set out to do.

Although she was know ..... 
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Merger is official: Cornucopia Art Center & Lanesboro Art Council become Lanesboro Arts Center

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

As of January 1, 2010, the merger of the Cornucopia Art Center and the Lanesboro Art Council is official, creating the newly named Lanesboro Arts Center. Governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from both organizations, the Lanesb ..... 
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