Macalester Costume Sale

Do you love to dress up for Halloween or maybe are involved in community theater?  Whatever the case might be, if you love costumes or are just searching for something specific.  The Macalester Costume Sale is the place to be this weekend.  July 28-29 they are hosting a giant sale to clear out over 40 years of “stuff”.   Make sure to bring cash, as that is the accepted payment.

We’re clearing out our costume stock and tons of stuff is up for sale! 40 years of costumes from over 150 productions from all periods and styles. The sale is the last week-end in July – Friday and Sat. After 2:00 on Sat every thing is $10.00 a bag. 9:00 to 5:00 both days.

Open Eye Figure Theatre Free Puppet Shows

This summer is the 15th year for the Open Eye Figure Theatre Driveway Tour.  The Driveway Tour is a way to experience a puppet show in a variety of locations.  In the past we have attended them in people’s yards, in a park and at the local library.   You can find the schedule and locations here.  There are four different rotating shows that are part of the Driveway Tour schedule.

The 15th Annual Driveway Tour

All summer long we perform puppet shows in backyards, front yards, parks throughout the Twin Cities, bringing communities together with original family-friendly theatre. Since 2003, the Driveway Tour has reached over 50,000 people in more than 620 neighborhoods.

How Do I Attend a Driveway Tour Show?

The Driveway Tour is hosted within communities all around the metro area. All shows are free and open to anyone who wants to attend.

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Children’s Theatre Company – A Year with Frog and Toad – Discount Tickets

Update: While they last, you can get discount tickets for A Year with Frog and Toad HERE.

“A Year with  Frog and Toad” was at the Children’s Theatre about 10 years ago and, if you were lucky enough to see it then, you know why it’s back.  We loved it so much that we hope to go again. I remember the books when I was a kid, and when our girls discovered the books it was a perfect opportunity to take them to the play.  “A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad” is for all ages and a perfect introduction to theatre for the younger kids who may have not been to a performance yet. It’s also a great performance for the older kids who have been to several plays.  It’s a story about two best friends and all of the regular, as well as the not so regular, day to day things that best friends go through.  Everyone is sure to take away some valuable lessons from Frog and Toad.

Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony® Awards including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don’t miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring.
A Year with Frog and Toad runs April 18 through June 18, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Tickets are on sale nowon sale now starting at $15.
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota Reader will win 4 tickets to see A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad. To enter, complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/16/17. Good luck!

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Half Price Tickets For The Sleeping Beauty — Metropolitan Ballet Performance

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Almost everyone knows the fairytale story of Sleeping Beauty.  Even if you don’t know the full story, now is your chance to see it as a ballet performance.  We found Half Price Tickets For The Sleeping Beauty — Metropolitan Ballet Performance.  It takes place at the The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul.  There are two dates in April to choose from.  Regular price tickets are $39-$49 but if you go here you can get Goldstar tickets for half price, $19.50-$24.50.

Based on the beloved fairy tale by Charles Perrault, The Sleeping Beauty comes to life in this dazzling production from Metropolitan Ballet. After Princess Aurora is cursed at her christening and pricks her finger on a spindle, she falls into a deep 100-year sleep. Aided by a band of fairies, one prince must save the entire kingdom with the magical power of true love’s kiss. First performed by the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty is a heartwarming classic that has enchanted audiences of all ages. Now, this gorgeous spectacle graces the stage of the The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, starring prima ballerina Anastasiia Fedorova.

NEWSIES The Broadway Musical on the Big Screen – Reader Giveaway

It’s not so easy to get to a Broadway show here in Minnesota, especially with the original Broadway cast members, but Fathom Events and Disney Theatrical Productions are teaming up to make that a bit easier! They are bringing the Tony Award-winning musical NEWSIES to theaters throughout the country on Feb. 16, 18, and 22! This family friendly show is no longer on Broadway or touring, so this will be the last chance to see NEWSIES, and many original Broadway cast members are returning for this performance! Order tickets HERE.

Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars Original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as “Jack Kelly,” Kara Lindsay as “Katherine,” Ben Fankhauser as “Davey” and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Crutchie”. They’re joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” and Aisha de Haas as “Medda Larkin,” and Ethan Steiner as “Les” along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more “newsies” and more dancing than ever before.

 

 

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.

Reader Giveaway: Two (2) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each win a family four-pack of tickets to see NEWSIES at AMC Coon Rapids on Saturday, February 18! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 2/14/17. Good luck!

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Project Opera Performs The Nightingale

It’s not often that we hear of kids singing an opera.  Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers.  Each year the group performs an opera that’s for kids, a great way to introduce kids to what an opera is.  This year they’re performing The Nightingale.  Performances are February 10th and 11th, at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis.  There’s four show times to choose from and you can purchase tickets on their website.

The Nightingale, based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is the story of a Chinese emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the mechanical bird breaks, the real nightingale sings to the emperor on his deathbed, saving his life while teaching him the values of truth and humility. A parable of our time, this opera celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death.

Imant Raminsh is a Latvia-born, Canadian composer known for beautiful choral and other vocal works. This opera is unique in that it includes performers ranging from ages 8-18, including a student orchestra.

Project Opera is an important component of Minnesota Opera’s award-winning education department. The program features two ensembles – Ragazzi and Giovani. In addition to their own concert schedule, participants perform in the Ordway lobby prior to Minnesota Opera Sunday matinee performances and other locations around the Twin Cities. Led by Music Director Matthew Abernathy, students learn healthy vocal technique, perform repertoire in the major operatic languages, and study the fundamentals of acting. Over its impressive twelve year history, Project Opera has performed two world premiere commissions, The Giver, by Susan Kander and based on the novel by Lois Lowry, and Memory Boy with music by Reinaldo Moya and libretto by Mark Campbell.

Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center

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As we prepare for the start of Black History month in two weeks, take a look at Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center. The Underground Railroad one of the greatest collaborations against racism in American history. Through this productions you and your family can learn about the lives of the major players, including Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe, through stories and songs of the period. You’ll also hear about the lesser-known heroes, like mysterious “Peg Leg” Joe, who taught slaves to escape, and Henry “Box” Brown, who had himself put in a box and mailed to freedom. Relive the journey at Youth Performance Company’s Black History Month production at Minneapolis’ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center.

Right now you can pre-order discount tickets for only $8 plus service fees here.

Comp Tickets to The Elves and The Shoemaker

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The Elves and the Shoemaker is a great story for the whole family.  Perhaps you remember reading the book as a kid?  Well now you can see it live, and with comp (complimentary) tickets, you can’t go wrong.  With five shows and three dates to choose from, it will be easy to find one that fits your schedule. December 23, 27,  or 28.  (Just pay the processing fee).

A shoemaker and his wife are facing a cold, bleak winter — that is, until a pair of elves show up who’ve been sent to do “a good deed for a good human.” With a bit of luck and resourcefulness (and a whole lot of silliness), the lil’ elves bring a bit of happiness for the shoemaker. Based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, this charming musical adaptation from Sidekick Theatre puts a humorous spin on the popular classic, yet keeps the themes of kindness and generosity.

 

 

Palace Theatre Sneak Peek

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A new theatre is coming back to town, and now is your chance to get a sneak peek of it.  The Historic 100 year old Palace Theatre Sneak Peek takes place this Friday from 11:30-1:30, in St. Paul.  The Palace Theatre has been closed for regular use since 1977, and now will become a large contemporary music venue.  The sneak peek is a free event, a chance to see what this amazing place will be.

Join Mayor Chris Coleman for a sneak peek of the Palace Theatre, complete with hot cocoa, live music performed by a surprise guest, and mini tours of the venue, including backstage. The surprise musical guest will be announced on the morning of the event.

11:30 a.m.: Mayor to welcome guest and open the doors
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Performance by a surprise musical guest
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Self-guided tours

The Palace Theatre is a historic Saint Paul venue that originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1916. Closed to regular use since 1977, the city’s careful preservation project rediscovered the venue’s historic charm as a contemporary music venue. With a 2,800-person capacity, the Palace Theatre is expected to attract more than 100,000 people downtown annually, filling a need in the live entertainment market by offering a contemporary music venue twice as large as Minneapolis’ First Avenue. The only remaining work involves fine-tuning the mechanical systems, adding acoustic treatments and minor aesthetics work before handing over the keys to operating partners First Avenue and Jam Productions.

The completion of this project is a capstone to a year spent celebrating and amplifying the city’s music scene, as Mayor Coleman declared 2016 the Year of Music in the City of Saint Paul.

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Fantastic Funtabulous Cinderella at the Children’s Theatre

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Cinderella is back at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre.  Two words that fully describe this zany show, fantastic and funtabulous! A show that’s great for the whole family.  Yes, bring the grandparents, bring the kids of all ages. or just go with some friends. It really truly is a show for everyone.  Even the sometimes hard to please middle-school age group will love this one.  It might not quite be your Grandmother’s version of Cinderella, but it will loosely follow the original story.  There’s still Cinderella and a Prince, oh and we cant forget the Stepsisters and Stepmother, all of which are quiet memorable characters. It’s difficult to say, just who steals the show more.  Lot’s of fun music, and memorable moments rolled into this show.  This is also a show with just the right amount of audience participation, you won’t want to get too comfy in your seat.

Cinderella runs now through January 8th, so plenty of options to find a date that works.  Keep in mind, this show is a popular one, so don’t delay in getting tickets.

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Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) presents the back-by-popular-demand production of Cinderella. This rambunctious musical originally created by CTC brings together the heart-warming, classic story of Cinderella’s transformation, a Victorian Christmas party with lavish period costumes, grandiose sets and holiday carols, with brand-new, clever pop culture references, shameless physical comedy, audience participation, and gut-busting gags.
Cinderella is a favorite for Peter C. Brosius, CTC’s Artistic Director and Director for the show. He states, “This show absolutely has something for everyone – from the pop culture twists, to the surprising jokes told by our wild stepsisters and stepmother, to the tender story and holiday carols we all love – this is an experience unlike anything else for the entire family. I am also thrilled to have our entire Acting Company onstage delighting you in this production full of spectacle, heart and non-stop audience interaction!”
Hold on to your pumpkins! The magical, fantastical, and all-too-hilarious Cinderella returns to our stage for the holiday season. Freshly updated with all new songs, gags, and mayhem, you’ll jeer at the deliciously dysfunctional stepmother and sisters as much as you’ll cheer for Cinderella in her quest to attend the magnificent ball and fulfill her destiny. Put on your glass slippers, and join us for this spectacular and outrageous telling of our unique Cinderella, guaranteed to delight.
The entire CTC Acting Company, who have been entertaining CTC audiences for a combined 106 years, shines in this production that includes Traci Allen Shannon playing the role of Cinderella, Reed Sigmund and Dean Holt playing Cinderella’s stepsisters, Autumn Ness playing the Stepmother, and Gerald Drake playing Lord High Chamberlain. CTC’s 15/16 Performing Apprentice China Brickey will perform as the fairy godmother. David L. Murray, Jr (recently in Theater Latte Da’s Ragtime) will debut at CTC as the Prince.
Music direction is provided by Victor Zupanc, sound design by Sean Healey, choreography by Linda Talcott Lee (Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography), scenic and costume design by Eduardo Sicangco (Lyceum Theatre, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Radio City Music Hall), lighting design by Paul Whitaker (CTC credits as Lighting Designer include The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Shrek the Musical, and more), and puppet design by Eric Van Wyk (CTC Credits as Puppet Designer include Alice in Wonderland, The Biggest Little House in the Forest, Busytown the Musical, and more).
Cinderella runs now through January 8, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Tickets are on sale now starting at $15.  For more information, visit us online at childrenstheatre.org or call the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. Cinderella is proudly sponsored by Delta.
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