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Commonweal Theatre Company presents To Kill a Mockingbird


Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, September 3rd through November 13th with discounted tickets available for previews August 26th to September 1st. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Commonweal Theatre online at www.commonwealtheatre.org for exact performance dates and times.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird is a story told by a precocious young girl nicknamed "Scout" who recalls one Alabama summer during the Great Depression when her lawyer-father, Atticus Finch, was called upon to defend a black man falsely accused of a horrific crime. Commonweal's production will be directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon, whose previous directing credits in Lanesboro have included Beautiful Again, A Christmas Carol, and last year's psychological thriller The Turn of the Screw. "The central question of the play and the novel," says Dixon, "is how will the cruelty and injustice of the world shape the impressionable minds of our three young protagonists? In this play, an older Scout - now going by her real name Jean Louise - is looking back in time from the civil rights movement of the 1960s to a period of overt racism in the 1930s. In retrospect, did her father do enough in defense of Tom Robinson? Is it truly courageous to work within a corrupt system that is already rigged to deny justice?"

Commonweal's Executive Director Hal Cropp will play the classic role of Atticus Finch, the lawyer who tries to stand up to the forces of bigotry in his small town. Resident Artists Adrienne Sweeney and Daniel Stock portray Atticus' children - Scout and Jem - as adults remembering the events of that unforgettable summer, and the townfolk of Maycomb, Alabama are represented by Scott Dixon, David Hennessey, and Art Moss with Commonweal Apprentice Company Members Gary Danciu, Carla Joseph, Rachel Kuhnle, and Brandon Grayson. Commonweal Apprentice Megan Pence serves as stage manager and leads the production team consisting of designers Kit Mayer (set), Jason Underferth (lights), Janis Martin (costumes), Stan Peal (sound) and Rachel Kuhnle (props).

This production of To Kill A Mockingbird by the Commonweal Theatre Company is the recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, thanks to support from F&M Community Bank, special weekday matinee performances are ava .....
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents To Kill a Mockingbird

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Residents and employees of Fillmore and Houston Counties receive free admission to see Commonweal Theatre's newest production, To Kill A Mockingbird, on Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 pm. The warmth of childhood and the bitter loss of innocence sur ..... 
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Preston Area Art Council hosts cabaret/opera singer

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On Tuesday, September 13th, opera singer and cabaret performer, Lori Ecker, will perform at St. Columban Parish Hall. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Ecker is well-known for her versatility and wide vocal range that showcase her per ..... 
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Animal Tracks

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Hark! Who goes there? Even though we don't see most of them, there are all kinds of animals running around outside. With a little bit of looking, though, you can find all kinds of signs that animals have been around: tracks, trails, poop, feathers, ..... 
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COMMONWEAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Tue, Aug 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Residents and employees of Fillmore and Houston Counties receive free admission to see Commonweal Theatre's newest production, To Kill A Mockingbird, on Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 pm. The warmth of childhood and the bitter loss of innocence surr ..... 
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Dream Acres celebrates the onion on August 20

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On August 20, the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative on DreamAcres Farm invites all to join in Onion Fest, an event that celebrates the multiple layers to our American identities using a multi-layered vegetable as a symbol. Onion-based dishes are served ..... 
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Pickle It Day at Historic Forestville

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

In the days before the turn of the last century, pickling, canning, and preserving were more than a way of getting a feel for the past and saving a little money at the grocery store. It was a way of survival and a means of sustenance through the lon ..... 
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A Tour of tonight's sky

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

A good look at the night sky above you can be a humbling yet exciting experience when you realize just how much more is out there beyond our own little planet. Join the good folks of the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society to go on a tour of the myr ..... 
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The King and I opens in Chatfield

Mon, Aug 8th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The costumes, the make-up, the scenery, the props . . .

These four elements, along with the performers themselves, are only a few of the hundreds of components that come together to make a brilliant musical production. But every one of these ..... 
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