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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Mn - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 16th Annual Ibsen Festival is April 12-14 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival, a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, music and dance, is centered around the opening of Commonweal’s annual Ibsen production. This yearly gathering of artists and craftsmen was honored in 2008 by the Norwegian Government, who awarded the Commonweal Theatre one of only four inaugural International Ibsen Scholarships in recognition of its ongoing commitment to producing the works of one of the world’s premiere playwrights.

The highlight of the Festival is the opening of Commonweal Theatre’s annual Ibsen production with a preview performance Friday, April 12th and grand opening performance Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 pm with an Opening Night Reception to follow. This year, the theatre will present A Doll’s House which centers on a young wife who is forced to make a shocking decision when a prior misdeed threatens to destroy her perfect household. The weekend will also feature an encore performance of the 2013 Commonweal Apprentice Company production of Miss Julie by August Strindberg in a new adaptation by Apprentice Ethan Bjelland on Sunday, April 14 at 11am.

A Doll’s House is directed by Executive Director Hal Cropp, and features resident ensemble member Stef Dickens as Nora Helmer, a woman desperate to keep her ideal home intact in the face of a secret that could unravel it. The cast also includes Commonweal resident ensemble members David Hennessey, Megan K. Pence, Daniel L. Stock, Jeremy van Meter and annual company member Carla Joseph.

The script for A Doll’s House has been adapted by renowned Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, whose credits include Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Scotland Road and Three Viewings, and adaptations of Jean Anouilh’s To Fool the Eye and Henry James’ Turn of the Screw, also produced by the Commonweal Theatre in 2006 and 2010 respectively. This is the fourth Ibsen adaptation created for the Commonweal by Mr. Hatcher as part of a series of new versions of Ibsen’s plays developed for the American stage, beginning in 2010 with John Gabriel Borkman, An Enemy of the People in 2011, last season’s Pillars of Society and slated to continue in 2014 with Brand.

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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Recycling aluminum

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The recycling of aluminum started in the early 1900s. Then, during WWII, great amounts of metal were needed, and it became quite extensive. Then, after a bit of a lull, the introduction of the alu ..... 
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Food shelf donation

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Sunday, February 3, the confirmation class from the Harmony and Preston United Methodist churches hosted a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser. Members of the congregation donated food and paper products to the event. A soup and sandwich lunch was serve ..... 
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Operation Round Up grants $3,000 to local causes

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on March 1 and elected to donate $3,000 to the following worthy organizations: •$1,000, Local Food Shelves, to help purchase food for residents in need. The am ..... 
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Earth Day Event Planned at historic Lenora Church

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Arts & Culture

Tired of winter? Ready for spring? There will be a celebration of New Life in conjunction with Earth Day on April 21st at 3:00p.m. at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. This will ..... 
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Jewelry Designer Liz Bucheit Receives “Dazzle Diva” Award at the Women’s Jewelry Association Spring Gala Event in New York City

Thu, Mar 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Jewelry designer and goldsmith Liz Bucheit of Lanesboro, MN was awarded first place in the Bridal Wear Category of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s “Dazzle Diva” Design Competition. Bucheit received her award at the Women’s Jewelry Associ ..... 
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Shakespeare Festival Production Honored

Wed, Mar 20th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Great River Shakespeare Festival-originated production of The Comedy of Errors was honored with three St. Louis Critics Circle Awards at a gathering Monday evening, March 18. The production featured a New Orleans at Mardi Gras, circa 1936, setti ..... 
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Grant application for Eagle Cliff Trail Spur

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Arts & Culture

By Karen Reisner The owners of Eagle Cliff Campground had requested that Fillmore County be the sponsor for a grant application to the Minnesota DNR to finance a bicycle trail in the Hwy 16 right of way near Whalan. At the board’s March 12 meeti ..... 
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