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Commonweal Theatre's educational programs ready for 2011

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN ,is readying its educational programs for an exciting year in 2011. Education is an integral part of the theatre's mission, creating opportunities for Commonweal artists to teach, study, and practice their craft while serving the region in a unique way. "By teaching, we're forced to confront our own assumptions about our art," explains Commonweal's Interim Executive Director Hal Cropp. "Sharing our knowledge and experience with others sharpens our own work while simultaneously grooming and deepening the love of theatre for future audiences."

For a minimal fee per person, participants in the Student Matinee Series receive tickets to a weekday morning performance at the Commonweal, a comprehensive study guide, a technical theatre demonstration, a post-performance discussion with the cast, and a pre-show workshop in their classroom taught by the actors. All of Commonweal's mainstage shows are available for student matinee performances, including Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, adapted by premiere Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, on stage April 14th through June 10th, and the American literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird running August 26th through November 13th.

The Student Matinee Series is underwritten by F&M Community Bank, who also donates the admission costs for any student from Lanesboro High School, Fillmore Central, or Chatfield High School. "F&M Community Bank has played, and continues to play a vital role," says Cropp, "in removing barriers standing between the young people of our region and their chance to experience the power of live theatre." Teachers needing more information can contact David Hennessey at 507-467-2905 ext 205 or email david@commonwealtheatre.org

For young theatre artists looking to transition from their academic to professional careers, Commonweal's Apprenticeship Program is a ten-month immersion in the theatre's artist/administrator model. In addition to roles onstage and behind-the-scenes, the Apprentice Company rotates through assignments with the Sales and Marketing, Development, and Production Teams to gain practical experience in all aspects of operating a non-profit organization. At the conclusion of their time, the Apprentice Company produces and performs in a capstone project. This year, Commonweal Apprentices will present Mary Zimmerman's Tony-nominated play Metamorphoses on the stage at the Commonweal March 24th through April 3rd. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 1-800-657-7025 or emailing tickets@commonwealtheatre.org. To learn more about the Apprenticeship Program, call Hal Cropp at 507-467-2905 ext 203 or email hal@commonwealtheatre.org.

The Commonweal Theatre Company is a non-profit professional company with year-round mainstage and educational programming located at 208 Parkway Avenue North in historic downtown Lanesboro. For more information, visit www.commonwealtheatre.org or call 1-800-657-7025.

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