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Commonweal Theatre's student matinee series ready for the school year


Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MINN. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its Student Matinee Series for the fall semester of 2010. This program reaches more than 1,500 regional students and teachers annually as part of Commonweal Theatre's goal that every high school student from the area will have had the opportunity to attend live professional theatre at least once by the time they graduate.

At a cost of only $5 per student, the experience begins with classroom teachers receiving a comprehensive study guide, which includes a plot synopsis, background information about the play and playwright, and sample questions for discussion.

Commonweal artists then visit the classroom to lead a presentation on what goes into putting a play on stage and, specifically, the performance the students are about to see. Every student matinee performance also includes a post-performance discussion with members of the cast, where students can ask questions about the show or the work of the theatre in general.

This fall, the Commonweal has four different shows available for student matinee performances. Beginning September 6th, the Commonweal will offer Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Henry James' classic novella, The Turn of the Screw. Told onstage with only two actors, this is the story of an English governess who begins to suspect that the children in her care are connected to ghostly spirits seen roaming the estate. But is this merely paranoia, or does something sinister lurk behind the most innocent of faces?

Through September 24th, students can also watch Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein wrestle for influence and control over the 20th Century in the outrageous Steve Martin comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Enchanted April is a heartwarming romantic comedy about four women trying to escape the depression of post-World War I England by sharing a vacation to Italy, and is available for student matinee bookings through October 22nd.

In November and December, the Commonweal is proud to present its original adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic, Little Women. Students can join the March girls (pretty Meg, fiery Jo, shy Beth, and romantic Amy) as they share cherished and sometimes painful moments of growing up in Civil War-era New England.

Student Matinee Series is underwritten by F&M Community Bank of Preston, who additionally provides free admission to students from Lanesboro, Chatfield, and Fillmore Central. Dates and times are limited, so early bookings are strongly encouraged. For more information, contact David Hennessey at 507-467-2905 x205 or visit www.commonwealtheatre.org.

The Commonweal is a non-profit professional theatre with year-round main stage and educational programming located at 208 Parkway Avenue North in historic downtown Lanesboro. For more information, visit www.commonwealtheatre.org or call the box office at 800-657-7025.

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