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Commonweal Theatre Company awarded grant from the National Endowment for the Arts


Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, today announced that the Commonweal Theatre Company has been recommended for a grant of $12,000 to support their upcoming production of Harper Lee's classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Commonweal Theatre Company is one of 1,145 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency's second round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support projects nationwide.

An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, "NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts. The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts."

"This award from the National Endowment for the Arts affirms what many of us have believed for a long time-that the Commonweal's efforts to become and remain one of the finest rural theaters in the country is within our grasp" said Hal Cropp, Executive Director of the Commonweal. "Recognition on a national level is tremendously encouraging."

The NEA funds will be used to support the Commonweal's re-imagining of Harper Lee's American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, as adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel. Directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon, formerly of the Guthrie Theater and Actor's Theater of Louisville, and currently on faculty at Gaucher College in Baltimore, MD, the piece will be done with ten adult actors, doubling many of the roles in the storytelling style for which the Commonweal has become known. Company members Hal Cropp, Adrienne Sweeney, Scott Dixon, and David Hennessey will be joined by this year's apprentice class and others in what is certain to be a memorable evening in the theater.

Now in its 23rd season, the Commonweal is a non-profit professional theatre with year-round main stage and educational programming in historic downtown Lanesboro, serving more than 20,000 people a year. For more information about the 2011 season, visit www.commonwealtheatre.org or contact Adrienne Sweeney at (507) 467-2905 x208 or adrienne@commonwealtheatre.org.

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DreamAcres' performance series opens with a BOOM!

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative on DreamAcres Farm in Southeastern Minnesota launches its summer Play! in the Barn performance series with BOOM! An International Lost and Found Family Marching Band on Friday, June 3, at 8pm. This is the first in ..... 
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Divine Rhubarb Committee to sign copies of their new book, "Everything Rhubarb"

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Meet the Divine Rhubarb Committee in person at these book signings: (see www.rhubarbfestival.org for details)

•April 28, 1:30-3 p.m.

Madison, WI

•May 1, 2-4 p.m.

La Crosse, WI

•May 5, 6-8 p.m.
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Solid Gold to headline entertainment at Whalan Standstill parade

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

"Rock Around the Clock," "Johnny Be Good," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Pretty Woman" are just a few of the rock n roll favorites the Solid Gold band has cued up and ready for you at Whalan's 16th annual Standstill Parade on Saturday, May 21.

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Commonweal Theatre Company presents Sylvia

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company presents A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia, May 21 through August 19 with discounted tickets available for previews May 13 to May 20. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Commonweal Theatre online ..... 
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Bluff Country Gathering - Celebrating America's old-time music heritage

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wrangle up your mouth-harps, drag your banjo out,

Tune your old guitarra till she twangs right stout...(from "The Bunk-House Orchestra" by Charles "Badger" Clark)

And don't forget to rosin up your bow and crank up the wires on your ol ..... 
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"The King & I" auditions to come

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Auditions for the 2011 Wits' End Theatre production of The King & I are coming up May 30 and 31 at Potter Auditorium in Chatfield. Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m. This great Rodgers & Hammerstein musical requires a large cast and offers parts for all a ..... 
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Rhubarb Festival to be held in the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota, Lanesboro

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. May 11, 2010 - The seventh annual Rhubarb Festival will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 10am until 4pm at Sylvan Park in Lanesboro, Minn.

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An evening to celebrate living local

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO-Join Lanesboro Local on Sunday, May 22, 2011, as they celebrate the joys of living locally. A fundraising event for the non-profit organization, guests will enjoy an artfully prepared meal by Chef Stephen Larson at QUARTER/quarter Restaura ..... 
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