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Commonweal Theatre's educational programs ready for 2011


Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN ,is readying its educational programs for an exciting year in 2011. 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 Interim Executive 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."

For a minimal fee 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-performance discussion with the cast, and a pre-show workshop in their classroom taught by the actors. All of Commonweal's mainstage shows are available for student matinee performances, including Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, adapted by premiere Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, on stage April 14th through June 10th, and the American literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird running August 26th through November 13th.

The Student Matinee Series is underwritten by F&M Community Bank, who also donates the admission costs 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 the young people of our region and their chance to experience the power of live theatre." Teachers needing more information can contact David Hennessey at 507-467-2905 ext 205 or email david@commonwealtheatre.org

For young theatre artists looking to transition from their academic to professional careers, Commonweal's Apprenticeship Program is a ten-month immersion in the theatre's artist/administrator model. In addition to roles onstage and behind-the-scenes, the Apprentice Company rotates through assignments with the Sales and Marketing, Development, and Production Teams to gain practical experience in all aspects of operating a non-profit organization. At the conclusion of their time, the Apprentice Company produces and performs in a capstone project. This year, Commonweal Apprentices will present Mary Zimmerman's Tony-nominated play Metamorphoses on the stage at the Commonweal March 24th through April 3rd. T .....
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In the shadow of Ishi: a tale of fish and glaciers

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Ring in the spring season on March 22, 2011, when the Preston Area Arts Council presents an educational and entertainment program of story-telling and music by area residents George Spangler and Janine Sherry.

The story-telling chronicles on ..... 
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The Real Housewives of Cricket County coming to Chatfield

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture



We've heard of these ladies. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Atlanta, New Jersey...Cricket County.

Did you say "Cricket County?"

That's right, the next take on socialite living and high-powered lifestyles takes us to th ..... 
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The Commonweal apprentice company presents Metamorphoses

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company is proud to announce the capstone project of the 2010-11 Apprentice Company: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman. The play will be performed at the Commonweal Theatre in historic downtown Lanesboro March ..... 
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St. Olaf College Norseman Band to perform at Potter Auditorium

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Norseman Band of St. Olaf College, conducted by Dr. Paul Niemisto, will be presenting a symphonic band concert at Potter Auditorium at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free. A free w ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation dinner March 28

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation is holding a fifth annual dinner/celebration on March 28 at the Branding Iron. Tickets can be purchased from a director of the foundation, F & M Community Bank or at Weber & Judd Pharmacy in Preston. The deadlin ..... 
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Wanted: photographs of gardening, harvesting, etc.

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wanted: Your contemporary and historical photographs. The Lanesboro Arts Center is looking for people to submit/donate photographs of gardening, harvesting, and putting up (canning, root cellars, etc.) - either historical or present-day images in co ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Theatre is busy preparing to entertain you

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Rehearsals for Lanesboro Community Theater's (LCT) production of "The Cemetery Club" are well underway and director Barbara Benson Keith reports that everyone is having a great time at rehearsals. "The Cemetery Club," by Ivan Menchell, strives to an ..... 
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New Exhibit at Lanesboro Arts Center, February 4 - April 3, 2011

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

'Luminaries: Figures, Birds, Spheres' will feature new mixed media sculpture by Patty Carmody Smith at the Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Free to the public, the exhibit will open with an artist reception on Friday, February 4 from 6 ..... 
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