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Commonweal Theatre Company presents A Christmas Carol


Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents its own distinctive telling of the classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol, November 23 – December 23 with previews beginning on November 16. Commonweal’s imaginative take on this classic brings to life the people, sights and sounds of Scrooge’s world and his ultimate choice to liberate himself from a terrible fate. First developed by the Commonweal Theatre Company in 1999, the theatre’s minimalist approach to the tale instantly became an audience favorite.

“This is such a wonderful part of the Christmas tradition for so many,” says director Scott Dixon, “and this year, we’re excited to bring a brand-new re-imagining to the stage – a Victorian fantasy to underscore Scrooge’s journey to reconnect with his own humanity. The message for me in this story is that it’s never too late for healing, never too late for forgiveness.”

The ensemble cast features Commonweal’s resident artists Megan Pence, Daniel Stock, Adrienne Sweeney and Jeremy van Meter with Paul Steffens of the Apprentice Company. Also appearing on stage are area youth performers Alida Berg (Lanesboro), Kaj Spencer Berg (Decorah), Esme Decker (Lanesboro) and Alex Mathison (Preston).

This production of A Christmas Carol will be stage managed by Carolyn Fast, who leads a design team consisting of Lisa Kudas (sets), Amanda McGee (costumes), Gary Danciu (sound), Kit Mayer (lights), and Stef Dickens (props). Commonweal Apprentice Company Member Ethan Bjelland serves as Assistant Director. There will be discounted preview performances on November 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and November 18 and 23 at 1:30 p.m. followed by post-performance discussions with the cast and director. A Christmas Carol officially opens the evening of November 23 at 7:30 p.m., with an opening night post-show reception in the Commonweal Events hall. On Thursday, November 29, the Commonweal Theatre will offer its Free Fillmore/Houston County Night performance. All residents and employees with Fillmore and Houston County addresses receive free admission to the show, but seats fill up fast so reservations are strongly encouraged.

From November 16 through December 23, Commonweal will be collecting new art supplies (such as markers, crayons, coloring books, paint sets, etc) to be gifted and delivered in time for the holidays to kids at Mayo Clinic’s Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital. Each patron wh .....
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“Pets” is the theme for “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Pets’ is the theme for the season finale “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. The show will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., with pre-show music by the Lanesboro Methodist Church Pr ..... 
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Commonweal Theater’s A Christmas Carol to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Winona, Minn. –The Commonweal Theater in Lanesboro has once again donated 125 tickets for Habitat for Humanity Winona – Fillmore Counties to sell at a discounted price of $20 ($15 for students). These tickets, for the Thursday, December 6th per ..... 
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"Swingsation" benefit gala will support year-round arts programming at Lanesboro Arts Center

Thu, Oct 25th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Prudence Johnson and the Swingsation Orchestra will wow attendees at this year’s annual gala fundraiser, supporting arts programming of Lanesboro Arts Center. Swingsation will also feature unique auction items, a gourmet dinner prepared by intern ..... 
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“I AM” documentary film to be shown at the St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts Center will present a FREE screening of ‘I AM,’ on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. ‘I AM’ asks two questions: What’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The ..... 
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Commonweal To Offer Audio Described Performances

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company located in historic, downtown Lanesboro, is proud to announce a new audio-description service to enhance the enjoyment of live theatre for audience members with low vision. On specially-designated per ..... 
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Calling all silent movie stars: Join the volunteer spirit that thrives in Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Ever dream you’d star in a moving picture show? Here’s your chance to be part of a fairytale-come: the 2013 Silent Movie project. This fantasy volunteer project got started this year in Lanesboro, Minnesota, a place where people work together ..... 
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Stone Soup Supper to celebrate Lanesboro Local

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN- Lanesboro Local is putting on a harvest celebration and fundraiser, and the public is invited. Echoing the classic Stone Soup folktale about how a hungry community made a luscious soup when everybody contributed just a little somethin ..... 
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The Fattenin’ Frogs will perform at St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Fattenin’ Frogs will rock the stage at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The band plays rock & roll and traditional American music, with a style developed by mixing blues, country, folk, rhythm & blues, gospel, bl ..... 
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