Information, reviews, and miscellaneous shorts focusing on professional, nonprofit theater—from a Southeast Minnesota perspective.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July Has Become Theatre Month in Southeast Minnesota

These next two weeks may be the busiest theatre weeks of the year in Southeast Minnesota. With the exception of the Jon Hassler Theater, which just finished its summer production, all of the area professional theatres have two or more shows scheduled, and most of them are offering related activities, conversations and performances. In addition, Minnesota has an abundance of community theaters; I've listed a few area productions below, but to be sure, this is only a partial listing.

Please check with the individual theaters for dates, times, and ticket information.

Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, Minnesota

Harvey by Mary Chase (Minnesota Theatre Review)
Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman (Minnesota Theatre Review)
Thursdays - Mondays, through October 25
Schedules and tickets: Commonweal Theatre

Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona Minnesota

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (Minnesota Theatre Review) (Preview: Problem Plays)
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (Minnesota Theatre Review)
Tuesdays - Sundays, through July 27
Schedules and tickets: Great River Shakespeare Festival

GRSF Apprentice Acting Company

Pericles, Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare
July 22 - 25
Schedules and tickets: Great River Shakespeare Festival

Gilmore Creek Summer Theatre, St. Mary's Page Theater, Winona, Minnesota

Little Shop of Horrors by Ashman & Mencken (opens July 10)
The Foreigner by Larry Shue (opens July 17)
Thursdays - Sundays, through August 3
Schedules and tickets: Gilmore Creek Summer Theatre

Gilmore Creek Children's Theatre

Mouse Expedition by Erin Malcolm and Brian Blankenship
Five performances July 19 - August 2
Schedules and tickets: Gilmore Creek Summer Theatre

Community Theatre

Rushford Area Society for the Arts

The Sensuous Senator by Michael Parker
directed by Daryl Lanz
July 16 - 18 7:30 p.m.
July 19 - 20 2:00 p.m.
Rushford-Peterson High School, Rushford, Minn.
Tickets: 507-864-7525

Ye Olde Opera House

Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstiein
Directed by Kay Cross
July 16 - 20 8:30 p.m.
Ye Olde Gray Barn, Hwy 44 East of Spring Grove, Minn.
Tickets: 507-498-JULY

Rochester Repetory Theatre Company

Glass Half Full: 10 Minute Plays
Directed by Becci Berg & Kent Griffin
July 17 - 19; 24 - 26 8:00 p.m.
Rochester Repertory Theatre, 103 Seventh St. N.E., Rochester, Minn.

Fountain City Players

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Judee Brone
July 23 - 26 7:30 p.m.
July 27 2:00 p.m.
Fountain City Auditorium, 42 North Main Street, Fountain City, Wis.
Tickets: 608-687-7481

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