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Commonweal To Offer Audio Described Performances


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

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company located in historic, downtown Lanesboro, is proud to announce a new audio-description service to enhance the enjoyment of live theatre for audience members with low vision. On specially-designated performance days, patrons can attend the Commonweal Theatre and receive the benefit of a trained audio-describer narrating visual elements of the production through a discreet earpiece.

“This service allows us to take access to live theatre to a whole new level,” says Commonweal Theatre’s Executive Director Hal Cropp. “Thanks to a special grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Commonweal has been able to purchase the equipment and gain the necessary training that we needed to provide this service to people who may not be able to enjoy live theatre otherwise. Our goal is for persons with visual challenges to have an experience at the Commonweal that is just as exciting and emotionally resonant as what a person with sight would have.”

Patrons who reserve this service are asked to arrive an hour before the show. At this time, the Commonweal will provide a tactile tour of the set, costumes, and hand out personal sound receivers where the description can be heard. Audio description begins twenty minutes before the show, to set the scene and create mental images of characters, set, and costumes before the performance actually begins. Once the show is underway, audio-describers provide intermittent description to give a complete picture of all lighting, costume, and set changes, as well as character movements and gestures. This service can only be heard through the personal devices and discreet earpiece that the Commonweal provides and will not disrupt other audience members who are in attendance.

This season, the Commonweal is pleased to offer audio-descriptions for the romantic-comedy The Philadelphia Story on Saturday, October 6th at 1:30 pm, the heartwarming drama The Drawer Boy on Sunday, October 7th at 1:30 pm, and the holiday classic A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 1st at 1:30 pm. Reservations for this service must be made at least one week in advance by stopping in at the Commonweal Theatre Box Office at 208 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro or by calling 1-800-657-7025, or emailing tickets@commonwealtheatre.org.

Additionally, the Commonweal Theatre has Braille versions of our programs avail .....
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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 ..... 
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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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Local tourism professional, Kiehne, elected as President of Southern Minnesota Tourism Association

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected President of the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association at its Annual Meeting held in Owatonna on September 13, 2012. The Southern Minnesota Tourism Association ..... 
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Letter about Voter ID

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Voter ID A Simple Thing? The Voter Restriction Amendment is not a simple thing at all. It changes Minnesota’s election process which currently works. Local governments would need to raise property taxes to pay for it because it w ..... 
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Letter about Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, This past weekend I was a guest in Lanesboro and privileged to take part in the “Taste of the Trail.” While Whalan and Peterson went all out with signs and decorations, I feel Lanesboro was sadly lacking in both. Where was your â ..... 
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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 discusses storm sewer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby and Associates was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 10 to discuss a few different issues. There was discussion about the storm sewer line that goes under the Riverside on the Root restaurant. At a p ..... 
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts youth Fun Shoot day

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

On a recent stroll down memory lane, Norrin Storelee and Dave Campbell recalled the early days of the Lanesboro Gun Club. Norrin recalls one Halloween when some folks were out at the gun club goofing around and some outhouses got knocked over. Not t ..... 
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