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Commonweal Theatre Company presents The Last Night of Ballyhoo


Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company celebrates the holiday season with a charming and romantic comedy about a family living in Atlanta in 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its premiere, World War II is looming, but Atlanta’s Jewish elite are much more concerned with Christmas and who is going to Ballyhoo, the holiday dance and social event of the season! The play is a funny and touching story of faith and family, a winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play and written by the author of Driving Miss Daisy.

The production is directed by Commonweal Resident Ensemble member Adrienne Sweeney, whose previous directing credit with the Commonweal is for Parfumerie in 2011. “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” says Sweeney, “addresses a deep-seated need in most of us to be accepted, to fit in. We watch these lovely, funny, very real people struggle with their identities and their place in the world to different degrees. The most rewarding element for me is how they achieve this through their affection for and loyalty to each other. They are not a perfect family, but their sincere love for each other propels them towards a greater understanding and acceptance of who they are.”

The cast features Commonweal Resident Artists Hal Cropp, Catherine Glynn, and Megan K. Pence; Annual Company Members Gary Danciu and Ana Hagedorn; and introduces Julia Massoti along with Mike Swan, two members of the 2013/14 Apprentice Company.

Commonweal Executive Director Hal Cropp plays the role of the head of the Freitag family. “I am thrilled,” says Cropp, “that I get to share with our audiences a deep connection that I have with my own culture. To get to re-visit my youth and my own family experiences as a Jew growing up in the minority in a small city in western New York State, I easily identify with the Freitags’ dilemma of wanting to fit in and simultaneously hang on to the traditions and culture that made my formative years so rich.”

This production of The Last Night of Ballyhoo will be stage managed by Bailey Otto, who leads a design team consisting of Kit Mayer (sets), Janis Martin (costumes), Stela Burdt (sound), Paul Epton (lights), and Carla Joseph (props). Commonweal Apprentice Company Member Philip Muehe serves as Assistant Director. There will be discounted preview performances on November 15, 16, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and a discounted matinee on November 17 at 1:30 p.m. Each preview p .....
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Crown Trout Jewelers presents “Everyday Form” fine art photography show

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Crown Trout Jewelers will host an exhibition of fine art photography by Jennifer Bucheit of Middleton, Wis. The show features a group of black and white images celebrating the formal aesthetics in common everyday objects. The subjects are items foun ..... 
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‘Swingsation’ benefit gala to feature Prudence Johnson and the Swingsation Orchestra

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Prudence Johnson and the Swingsation Orchestra will wow attendees at this year’s annual gala fundraiser, supporting year-round arts programming of Lanesboro Arts Center. Swingsation will also feature unique auction items, a gourmet dinner prepared ..... 
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‘Body Parts’ theme for “Over the Back Fence” community variety show

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Body Parts’ is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., with poems, songs and skits about hair, eyes, faces, and more perfo ..... 
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Lanesboro All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball Drag Show Fundraiser!

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Join us at All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball while the Rochester Girls perform an “Exquisite Drag Review” once again in Lanesboro, Minn.! This year’s event will be held October 26, 2013 at the Lanesboro Community Center. Doors will open at 6: ..... 
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Lanesboro Local to celebrate completion of new marketplace

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – A new gallery level has just been completed at the Lanesboro Local Marketplace, now filled with an exciting collection of local arts, crafts and books. Known as one of the most distinctive shops in the region featuring locally m ..... 
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Paintings Inspired by Scotland and the Cave of Smoo

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘Paintings Inspired by Scotland and the Cave of Smoo’ will feature oil paintings by Harmony, Minn. artist Paul Brokken in a SEMAC McKnight Artist Showcase at Lanesboro Arts Center. The show opens with an artist reception on ..... 
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Arguments & Negotiations by Pixie Youngdahl

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company is pleased to announce the release of Pixie Youngdahl’s new book, “Arguments & Negotiations.” A bittersweet memoir of surviving a battle with cancer, Pixie tells her story with subtle humo ..... 
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‘Energy’ Series documentary film: ‘Home’ to show at the St. Mane Theatre

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – ‘HOME’, a documentary film, will show at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tying into the ‘Energy’ theme this season, the film is part of the Third Friday Film Series, an educational series sponsored ..... 
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