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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival


Fri, Mar 8th, 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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Announcing auditions for Home and Community Options

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Home and Community Options of Winona is pleased to announce that Fiddler on the Roof has been selected as its 2013 summer musical production. Written by Joseph Stein with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof is th ..... 
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Preschoolers are Invited to Barnetimen (Children’s Hour) at Vesterheim

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum invites all pre-school-aged children and their parents or caregivers to “Peek into the Past” during Barnetimen (Children's Hour) on March 13 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Led by Lea Lovelace from ..... 
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Northern Gael to perform a powerful blast of traditional Irish & Scottish music: Concert at the St. Mane Theatre

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – The stage at the St. Mane Theatre will come alive with the songs, music and traditional dance steps of the Irish and Scottish countrysides in a performance by Northern Gael on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Ross Sutter (vo ..... 
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THE LANESBORO BARN DANCE STARTS ITS NINETEENTH SEASON

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will hold its first dance of the 2013 series on Saturday March 23 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, MN. Starting time is 8:00 PM and admission is $7.00 at the door. Guest fiddler Tim Foss from Soldiers Grove, WI wi ..... 
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Center Stage Series: The Hot Club of San Francisco to perform March 15 at Luther College

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa – Be swept away to a smoky 1930s Paris jazz club by the seductive sounds of Hot Club's gypsy swing as The Hot Club of San Francisco presents their sometimes flamboyant, sometimes melancholy gypsy jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m. ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company presents Miss Julie

Thu, Feb 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. —The Commonweal Theatre Company proudly presents the capstone production of the 2013 Apprentice Company, Miss Julie by August Strindberg, in a new translation by Ethan Bjelland. Performances run March 21 through March 30, with an ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

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

The sewing machine and the typewriter almost defeated me in high school. I spent as much time ripping out stitches as I did sewing seams. My typing speed was an inaccurate 35 words per minutes. Realizing I could not be a seamstress or a secretary, I ..... 
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Rushford Library hosts author

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford Public Library is well-known for its on-going and varied programs. Keeping the pace going in the frigid winter, the library warms things up Tuesday, February 26 with a humorous evening with Minnesota writer Eric Dre ..... 
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