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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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Jarla Ferne (Olson) Johnson

Tue, Oct 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Jarla Ferne (Olson) Johnson, age 83, of Rose Creek passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin. Jarla was born April 3, 1930 in Fillmore County, Minn. to Thomas and Edna Olson. She went to country school until the 8th ..... 
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Marjorie Horihan

Tue, Oct 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Marjorie Horihan, of Lanesboro, Minn., died on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home where she had lived for 6 weeks. She was born near Burr Oak, Iowa, on August 31, 1916 to R.E. “Emmett” and Anna Mullaney Knox. She attended ..... 
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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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Lanesboro Elementary named Reward School

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Principal James Semmen informed the school board that Lanesboro Elementary was recently named one of the Minnesota Department of Education’s 2013 Reward Schools. He explained the Reward Schools include the top 50 percent of all schools, not school ..... 
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Root River Ag Service and Inc.

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

LANESBORO, Minn. --Root River Ag Service Inc., has purchased Spex Feed of Fountain, Minn. The transaction occurred on October 17, 2013. Root River Ag took immediate possession and business operations were not interrupted. Root River Ag Service b ..... 
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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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Journal writing project: My unique community

By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

Small towns may seem like a dime a dozen in Southeastern Minnesota. However that is simply not the case in Lanesboro. People come from all around the country to bike on the famous Root River bike trail that runs through the heart of the community. ..... 
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A cancer story: Striving for normalcy

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

To Karla Strom, “A normal day is a good day.” These normal days are now appreciated much more since a discovery of breast cancer from a routine mammogram around February 28, 2013. Strom had no real symptoms and did not suspect that she would be ..... 
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