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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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Lanesboro School Board hears audit report

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro City Council the 2011-2012 audit report at their regular meeting on November 15, and the board approved it as presented. Ristau said the district had a decrease in their general fund balanc ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears library report

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Tara Johnson and David Hennesey spoke to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting on November 5 and gave their quarterly report about the public library. Johnson said this summer there were 21 programs at the library, including story t ..... 
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Letter about Pubic hearing for Industrial Sand Mining ordinance

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Fillmore County’s draft ordinance for frac sand mining will have a public hearing on Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm in the Commissioners’ Room of the Courthouse in Preston. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in fra ..... 
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Lanesboro High School Class of 1942

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Lanesboro High School Class of 1942 held their 70th class reunion at Judy’s Country Kitchen in Peterson October 23. Members left to right are Hazel (Holtet) Riehl, Eleanor (Johnson) Davidson, Lois (Bremseth) Peterson, Robert Lawstuen, (Irving) ..... 
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Marie Aakre

Tue, Nov 6th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Marie E. Aakre, 97, of Lanesboro died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Green Lea Manor in Mabel. Marie was born July 8, 1915, in Peterson to A.O. and Anne Marie (Thompson) Boyum. She was the 10th of 13 children. Marie graduated from Lanesboro High School in ..... 
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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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Local conservationists to be honored as area finalists at State Soil and Water Conservation District convention

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) has named Duschee Hills Dairy LLC of Lanesboro as one of eight Area Finalists in the 2012 Outstanding Conservationist Award Program. Pat and Chris Troendle and Ben and Darla ..... 
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