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Commonweal Theatre’s student matinee series in place

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces the Student Matinee Series for the upcoming 2014 fall school semester. This program reaches more than 2,000 regional students and teachers a year as part of Commonweal Theatre’s goal that every student from the area will have had the opportunity to attend live, professional theatre at least once by the time they graduate high school.

At a cost of only $5 per student, Commonweal welcomes classes to attend a full production in Lanesboro at a specially scheduled matinee. The experience begins with teachers receiving a comprehensive study guide for their students which includes a plot synopsis, discussion of themes, background information about the play and playwright, and sample questions for discussion. Enhancement videos are also paired with the study guide. Commonweal artists also visit schools and lead a workshop in the classroom with students about the performance the students are about to see and how it relates to their curriculum. Every student matinee performance also includes a post-performance discussion with members of the cast, where students can ask questions about the show or life in the theatre in general.

When the school year starts in September, students can come to see a global adventure as Phileas Fogg accepts a seemingly impossible wager in Around the World in 80 Days. Also this fall, Commonweal will present Arcadia —an intellectual and romantic comedy spanning present day and 19th century England. The Tony-Award winning play is considered to be playwright Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece.

In November and December, students of all ages will help us celebrate the holidays with laughter during the run of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some). Rather than perform A Christmas Carol as always, three actors decide to retell every Christmas story imaginable in 90 minutes. The results ensure laughter right through the New Year.

Commonweal’s Student Matinee Series is underwritten by F&M Community Bank of Preston and Tri-County Electric Cooperative. F&M additionally provides free admission to students from Lanesboro, Chatfield, Mabel-Canton, and Fillmore Central. Dates and times are limited, so early bookings are encouraged at education@commonwealtheatre.org.

For young theatre artists looking to transition from their academic to professional careers, Commonweal’s Apprenticeship Program is a 10-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. 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 theatre with year-round main stage and educational programming located at 208 Parkway Avenue North in historic downtown Lanesboro, Minn. Funding for Commonweal’s programming is provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funders. For more information, visit www.commonwealtheatre.org or call the box office at 800-657-7025.

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