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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 to make things happen. When Lanesboro Community Theater members developed a plan in August to produce an all-local silent movie that would air over Taste of the Trail Towns weekend, September 8-9, they put out a call for actors needed to bring the fairytale retelling concept to life.

The silent, subtitled video of transformed fairytales would be a family-friendly production, shown outdoors on warm evenings at Sylvan Park and would be called “Silent Movie in the Park – After Dark!”

“In less than 4 days, we had a cast of almost sixty eager volunteers,” said director Barbara Benson Keith. Local people and weekend guests came forward to act out a variety of humorous and creative roles – ranging from townspeople trying to crack the mystery of Rumpelstiltskin’s name, to a succession of princes chopping their way through brambles to break Sleeping Beauty’s spell, from fairytale royalty to a troll beneath a bridge.

What made the 2012 production uniquely attractive to so many volunteers? Perhaps the fact that it was a silent film. Producer Sandy Webb noted, “Volunteers felt free to explore their very own original ways to portray their characters, knowing the film would be edited by a kind eye.” Many participants echoed Kay Wold’s comment, “It was so much fun!”

On the nights of the screenings, fifteen more volunteers stepped forward to set up equipment, to make and sell popcorn and treats, and to ensure that all aspects of the show went smoothly. As dusk set in, a legion of local moviegoers arrived at Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park with their blankets and lawn chairs. Individuals and clusters of friends, couples on date-night, families with kids in footy pajamas. Ready to see what was all the buzz was about.

And, still, the volunteers kept coming! Yet another dozen musicians, magicians, dancers and vocalists donated time and talent to create preshow entertainment. Then the once-upon-a-time movies began. Parents whispered the silent movie screen titles to their too-young-to-read children. Neighbors thrilled to identify one another in their roles on the screen. Audience members laughed along with the actors. Yes! Thi .....
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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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Lanesboro Commmunity Theater presents a silent in the park- in the dark!

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN – Saturday and Sunday evenings, September 8 and 9, the Lanesboro Community Theater will premiere two showings of their own locally produced silent movie in Sylvan Park. The movie stars a cast of dozens of local residents and visiting ..... 
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Two Lanesboro youth tour Europe with the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Two Lanesboro youth, Megan Kiehne and Kirsten Ruen, recently returned from a 16-day Minnesota Ambassadors of Music tour of seven European countries from July 6 to 21, 2012. The Minnesota Ambassadors are comprised of a select high school band and cho ..... 
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The Roaring Twenties!

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – ‘The Roaring Twenties!’ Will Showcase Songs of the 1920s in this Month’s “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show on Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre The excitement and romance of ‘The Roari ..... 
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“Protest!” will showcase songs of the 1960s in this month’s “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

A full cast singing “Marching Up To Freedom Land” a capella will open this month’s “Over the Back Fence” community variety show. “Protest!” is the theme, and the show will feature a variety of music and historical and cultural referenc ..... 
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Call for artists: June 30 application deadline for Lanesboro residency program

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota announces a Call for Artists for the Lanesboro Residency Program. Applications are due annually on June 30 (postmark deadline), and residencies are scheduled October–April. The Lanesboro Residency ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents The 39 Steps

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Patrick Barlow’s outrageous comedy The 39 Steps, May 19 through September 1 with discounted tickets available for previews May 11 to May 18. Call the box office at 800-657-7025 or visit Com ..... 
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