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Silver Anniversary for the Commonweal Theatre


Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The ceiling of the Commonweal Theatre ticket booth area. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Commonweal Theatre of Lanesboro, Minn. is celebrating its 25th season in 2013. Founded in 1989 by Eric Lorentz Bunge, by request of the Lanesboro Arts Council, the Commonweal Theatre has had huge success and has seen many changes. In its first year, the Commonweal presented forty total performances of two shows in the eleven week season which included Crimes of the Heart and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Commonweal Theatre’s budget its first year was $20,782 and has now risen to a budget of $750,000 according to its website, www.commonwealtheatre.org, which is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the Commonweal and its history. According to Jeremy van Meter, Marketing Assistant for the Commonweal Theatre, “The record number for patrons attending the theatre is at 22,440 times as of 2012,” which is an impressive number of viewings.

The Commonweal Theatre has seen other changes over the last 25 years. In 1997 the Commonweal Theatre started an Elderhostel program with Winona State University with the purpose of reaching out to life-long learners. In 1998 the company began the annual Ibsen Festival highlighting the works of Henrik Ibsen. Consequently, because of the theatre company’s dedication to the work of Henrik Ibsen, the Commonweal Theatre received an Ibsen Scholarship from the Norwegian Government in 2008.

An Artists Residence was added in 1998 which not only provides housing but also provided much needed space for a rehearsal room/classroom. Undoubtedly the biggest change through the Commonweals 25 years in existence has been the opening of the new Commonweal building in July 2007. These are just a few examples of the transformation of the Commonweal Theatre into what it has become today.

Perhaps the Commonweal says it best on www.commonwealtheatre.org when the website states “from simple beginnings the Commonweal has evolved into a major cultural, educational, and economic force for the region - one of the leading rural professional theatre companies in America” and area residents are lucky enough to have the Commonweal right at their fingertips.

Performers and attendees alike are looking forward to the coming season of the Commonweal Theatre Company. Jeremy van Meter states, “On behalf of the entire Commonweal Company, I can .....
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Birth Announcement

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Knox Norby Holst Jeremiah and Sasha Holst of Lanesboro are proud to annoucne the birth of their son, Knox Norby. Knox was born November 29, 2012. He weighed 7 lb. 1 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. He joins his sister Lux at home. Grandparents are ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center exhibit “Traditions in Transition: The Art of Redefined” runs Feb. 9 through March

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

Lanesboro Arts Center opens the 2013 Exhibition Gallery season with an exhibit showcasing work by nationally-acclaimed, award-winning Lanesboro jewelers Liz Bucheit and Michael Seiler. “Traditions in Transition: The Art of Jewelry Redefined” ope ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about Ag in Motion

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Ashley Bue, a senior at Lanesboro High School, gave a presentation to the school board about the Ag in Motion trip she went on with other local high school students this past summer. Ag teacher Tim Willette said this was the third year for Ag in ..... 
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Birth Announcement

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Knox Norby Holst Jeremiah and Sasha Holst of Lanesboro are proud to annoucne the birth of their son, Knox Norby. Knox was born November 19, 2012. He weighed 7 lb. 1 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. He joins his sister Lux at home. Grandparents are ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses ambulance issues

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Dillon Dombrovski, an engineer with Yaggy Colby and Associates ,was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 4 to discuss the storm sewer project under Riverside on the Root. The city is planning to reroute the storm sewer so that it does no ..... 
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Christine Mickelson

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Christine Mickelson Christine Mickelson, 93, of Lanesboro, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She was born June 14, 1919, in Arendahl Township, Fillmore County, Minn to Narve Raaen and Sophia (Hegna) Raaen. Sh ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show at Lanesboro Arts Center

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

Artwork by 9th-12th grade students from throughout the region will be showcased in the annual Juried High School Art Show at the Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Free to the public, the exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, ..... 
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Auditions

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

Lanesboro Community Theater announces auditions for Leaving Iowa by Tim Clue and Spike Manton. Auditions will be held January 2 and 3, from 6:30-7:30 at Lanesboro Community Center. Director Barb Keith is looking for up to 26 men and women for t ..... 
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