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Commonweal Theatre's student matinee series ready for the school year


Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its Student Matinee Series for the fall semester of 2010. This program reaches more than 1,500 regional students and teachers annually as part of Commonweal Theatre's goal that every high school student from the area will have had the opportunity to attend live professional theatre at least once by the time they graduate.

At a cost of only $5 per student, the experience begins with classroom teachers receiving a comprehensive study guide, which includes a plot synopsis, background information about the play and playwright, and sample questions for discussion.

Commonweal artists then visit the classroom to lead a presentation on what goes into putting a play on stage and, specifically, the performance the students are about to see. Every student matinee performance also includes a post-performance discussion with members of the cast, where students can ask questions about the show or the work of the theatre in general.

This fall, the Commonweal has four different shows available for student matinee performances. Beginning September 6th, the Commonweal will offer Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Henry James' classic novella, The Turn of the Screw. Told onstage with only two actors, this is the story of an English governess who begins to suspect that the children in her care are connected to ghostly spirits seen roaming the estate. But is this merely paranoia, or does something sinister lurk behind the most innocent of faces?

Through September 24th, students can also watch Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein wrestle for influence and control over the 20th Century in the outrageous Steve Martin comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Enchanted April is a heartwarming romantic comedy about four women trying to escape the depression of post-World War I England by sharing a vacation to Italy, and is available for student matinee bookings through October 22nd.

In November and December, the Commonweal is proud to present its original adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic, Little Women. Students can join the March girls (pretty Meg, fiery Jo, shy Beth, and romantic Amy) as they share cherished and sometimes painful moments of growing up in Civil War-era New England.

Student Matinee Series is underwritten by F&M Community Bank of Preston, who additionally provides free admission to students from Lanesboro, Chatfield, and Fillmore Central. Dates and times a .....
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Find out what Vesterheim's hiding on a "Free Thursdays" tour

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - "Only a fraction of Vesterheim's remarkable collections are on public display at any one time," said Martha Griesheimer, Vesterheim volunteer coodinator. "Come for a special tour to see the rest."

Join Vesterheim Norwegian-Am ..... 
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The Passion of the Hausfrau at the Commonweal Theatre

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - The Commonweal Theatre hosts The Passion of the Hausfrau -- the next event in its "Commonweal Presents" series -- on Tuesday, October 5th, and Wednesday, October 6th, at 7:30 pm. Performed by Bess Welden, The Passion of the Hausfrau ..... 
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Galactic Cowboy Orchestra to perform in Lanesboro

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Arts Center is pleased to present the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., on Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra is a unique and powerful musical ensemble that fuses an eclecti ..... 
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Luther professor and student launch horticulture program for residents of care center

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa - Gardening has healing powers.

Residents of a Decorah care center experienced those healing powers when they participated in a 12-week gardening project designed and conducted this summer by Stephanie Travers, Luther College a ..... 
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Family fun at Seed Saver's Harvest Festival on October 2

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Join Seed Savers Exchange for their annual Harvest Festival at Heritage Farm on Saturday, October 2, 2010, from noon to 4 pm. Attend garlic planting and seed saving workshops, tour the seed processing facilities, listen to bluegrass music, go on hay ..... 
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Min Mor at Commonweal Theatre

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre, located in historic downtown Lanesboro, hosts its next "Commonweal Presents" event - Min Mor ("Mother") - on Wednesday, September 15th, at 7:30 pm. Performed by internationally acclaimed actress Bente B ..... 
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Local musician attends prestigious summer percussion program

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Jamie Mathison, a talented young musician from Preston, Minn., spent two weeks this summer studying percussion and steelpan at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wis. Jamie is the daughter of Linda and Al and studies percussion pri ..... 
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Movie night in Whalan

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Remember the good ol' days when you watched movies outdoors. Well, in Whalan, we remember. Movies were projected on the city hall of Whalan for years, and we are doing it again.

Great entertainment, popcorn and an outdoor movie. What more co ..... 
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