Twisted Deaths from Uprising Theatre Company

Twisted Deaths Uprising Theater Company Phoenix Theater

The world premiere of a new work by Shannon TL Kearns, Twisted Deaths, is now playing at the Phoenix Theater through April 28th. It features Anthony Neuman, Holly Windle, Jamila Joiner, Kendra Alaura, Julia Alvarez and Jeff Miller.

About the play:

Ryan is a transgender man with his whole life ahead of him. Pam is a spunky conservative woman with an estranged daughter. The lives of these two cancer patients collide when a chance meeting causes their journey through illness to intersect in ways that neither of them could have ever imagined.

This world premiere of a new work explores questions of identity, relationships, our health care system, and who has control over your body and life.

Twisted Deaths Playbill Minneapolis

I had a chance to catch a preview performance this week and encourage you to see the show. It approaches many difficult topics all within the course of the two hour and twenty minute play, but does so in an engaging way that only ads to the story, rather than detracting or seeming like an effort to “hit all the issues”. The acting is good all around with an extra strong shout out to both Jamila Joiner, as Ryan’s wife Melissa, and Holly Windle, as Pam.

After the show, the audience is invited to stick around for a “talkback”, which gives you a chance to discuss the work and the issues expressed in the performance. It’s a chance to both process your thoughts about the performance and further engage.

Twisted Deaths is at the Phoenix Theater through April 28. For tickets visit

50% Off Discount Tickets to A Wrinkle in Time at Lyric Arts in Anoka

A Wrinkle in Time has been on our minds lately due to the recent movie release. Now you and your family can see the stage version at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage in Anoka! Tickets are normally $22, but when you order through Goldstar you can get them for just $11 (plus fees).

Before it became a Hollywood blockbuster, A Wrinkle in Time was a classic YA novel about three kids who teleport across space in search of their scientist father. Now, Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning tale comes to the stage in a new play from Lyric Arts in Anoka. Join Meg, Charles and Calvin as they set off with Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which to rescue their father from The IT, an evil being trying to take over the universe! Together they’ll prove that love can overcome evil. Don’t miss this imaginative family adventure as it comes to life on stage.

Please note: A Wrinkle in Time is recommended for ages 8 and up. As a courtesy to other patrons, children under age 5 will not be admitted. This is a one act play running 75-80 minutes with no intermission.

Available dates and times include:

  • Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 5 at 2 pm
  • Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 12 at 11 am
  • Saturday, May 12 at 2 pm
  • Sunday, May 13 at 2 pm
  • Friday, May 18 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 19 at 11 am
  • Saturday, May 19 at 2 pm

Get your tickets HERE!

Community Open House at the New Hanifl Performing Arts Center

In case you haven’t heard The Lakeshore Players Theatre group has a new home.  The brand new Hanifl Performing Arts Center, located in White Bear Lake is hosting a Community Open House this Saturday (April 14th).  The open house takes place from 2-6 and is open to all ages. Not only is it a great time to take a tour, you’ll also find a performance, some classes and games.  Check out the information here, some of the dance classes ask for advance registration.  All of the activities during the open house are completely free.

Attendees can experience a complete tour of the facility including: performances by the actors of the upcoming and inaugural production of Into the Woods, professional dance classes, fun classes with Children’s Performing Arts, a professional pianist playing on the theater’s brand new Steinway, theater games with Education Director Aaron Fiskradatz, temporary tattoos, refreshments and more.

Awesome 80s Prom Discount Tickets

Awesome 80s Prom

If you want to relive some of the fun parts of your high school years, or if you want a prom do-over, I highly recommend Awesome 80’s Prom. I went a few years back with my sister (who is an awesome prom date) and we had a blast!

Awesome 80’s Prom is a blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding that invites you to join the senior class of Wanaget High School for prom night — in 1989. Like a John Hughes movie come to life, this on-your-feet interactive theater event features a cast of instantly recognizable ’80s teens, from the Captain of the Football Team and the Head Cheerleader to the Geek and the clueless Exchange Student.

awesome 80s prom minnesota

Their dresses are frilly, their ties are skinny, and everybody is dancing, flirting, fighting and jockeying to be voted Prom King and Queen. Strut your stuff in the breakdance circle or just hang back and watch the teen drama unfold when Awesome 80’s Prom comes to the Cabaret Theater at CAMP Bar.

If you order your discount Awesome 80’s Prom tickets now, you can save $10 off the ticket price, making your tickets only $19 to $29 each. Multiple show dates are available. Get your tickets HERE.

While prom attire is optional, it makes the evening a lot more fun and offers some great photo opps!

Complimentary Tickets to Twin Cities Theater, Dance, Opera, Comedy + More – 48 Hours Only!

It’s back! The Goldstar Comp Train is here again with complimentary tickets to shows and events across the country. Luckily, there are a bunch of these available in the Twin Cities! All you have to pay is a small service fee.

Local events this time around include Joke Joint Comedy Club, Extreme Horse Skijoring at Canterbury Park, Giselle performed by the Metropolitan Ballet, and more!

Since all you pay is the service fee (the amount varies depending on the event, but it’s usually just a couple bucks), the Comp Train is a great way to discover new events in our area and treat your plus one, a group of friends or even just yourself to something totally great – and totally unexpected.


Check out all the complimentary tickets HERE!

BOGO Tickets to Frederick at Stages Theatre Company

Once again, Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins is offering discount tickets to select performances of Frederick! You’ll need to order tickets online HERE and use the coupon code VALENTINE to get the discount which is buy one adult ticket, get one child ticket free (an adult ticket is $16, so just $8 each!). Parking is free.

Offer valid only for evening and weekend performances 2/9/18 through 2/18/18.

Cozy in this winter for the heartwarming story of Frederick as he shows us that everyone has something special to give to the world. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When the cold weather sets in, however, it is Frederick who has stored up something significant to survive the long, blustery winter. The Caldecott winning book by beloved author Leo Lionni has been charming readers for 50 years. Now, this award-winning musical adaptation that will delight the heart and tickle the imagination.

$10 Tickets to Frederick at Stages Theatre Company

Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins is celebrating the big game this weekend by offering $10 tickets to three performances of Frederick (you’ll be TAIL-gating…get it?). You’ll need to order tickets online HERE and use the coupon code TAILGATE to get the discount. Parking is free.

Offer valid only on the following performances of Frederick: Fri 2/2/18 at 7 PM, Sat 2/3/18 at 1 PM, Sun 2/4/18 at 2 PM.

Cozy in this winter for the heartwarming story of Frederick as he shows us that everyone has something special to give to the world. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When the cold weather sets in, however, it is Frederick who has stored up something significant to survive the long, blustery winter. The Caldecott winning book by beloved author Leo Lionni has been charming readers for 50 years. Now, this award-winning musical adaptation that will delight the heart and tickle the imagination.

Children’s Theatre Company: The WIZ Discount Code and Ticket Giveaway!

Children's Theatre Company: The WIZ Discount Code and Ticket Giveaway

We are super excited. The WIZ is coming to Children’s Theatre Company! The WIZ is a joint venture between CTC and Penumbra Theatre.  If you aren’t familiar with The WIZ, I won’t spoil it for you, but can tell you it shares a strong resemblance to The Wizard of Oz.  Although it is similar, there’s so much that is different too.  I can tell you one thing for sure, The WIZ is full of excitement, music and fantastic energy.

I had the opportunity for a behind the scenes sneak peek of it and this is a production you don’t want to miss.  The one-of-a kind costumes are amazing.  On the tour of the costume shop, we saw glimpses of all the colorful, creative clothes and wigs coming to life.

Watching the cast rehearsing one of their songs was amazing.  By the smiles and laughter along with the energy in the room, I could tell they love this show and are excited to bring it to the stage.

Childrens Theatre Company Wiz Munchkin Costume


Discount Code:


The WIZ runs January 23rd- March 18th with a run time of about 2 hours.  Because we love to help you save you money, we have two deals for you.  First we have a giveaway contest for two tickets (to be used for weeknight performances T-F) at the bottom of the post.  We also have a 20% off discount code that can be used towards the purchase of tickets.

Minneapolis, Minn. – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in partnership with Penumbra Theatre will present The Wiz, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; directed by Lou Bellamy, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Penumbra Theatre Company, assistant directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris (Broadway credits as Choreographer for A Raisin in the Sun), with music direction by Sanford Moore (Musical Director at Penumbra Theatre). The extraordinary cast includes Paris Bennett (American Idol top five finalist 2006) as Dorothy, Dennis Spears (Ivey Award for Excellence in Acting, Member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame) as Tinman, CTC’s Performing Apprentice Dwight Leslie as Scarecrow, Aimee Bryant (CTC’s Akeelah and the Bee) as Addaperle, T. Mychael Rambo (Guthrie Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood) as The Wiz, Rudolph Searles III (Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Park Square Theatre) as Lion, Greta Oglesby (Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, and more) as Aunt Em/Evillene, and Jamecia Bennett (Guthrie Theatre, Lab Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Capri Theatre) will take the stage as Glinda/Crow/Ensemble.

The production also includes scenic design by Vicki Smith (Bay Area Critics Award, Drama-Logue Award, Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award, Denver Critics Award), costume design by Mathew LeFebvre (Guthrie, Signature Theatre, Minnesota Opera and others), lighting design by Don Darnutzer (Broadway credits as Lighting Designer for It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues) and sound design by Sten Severson (CTC, Broadway, West End, Off-Broadway, Public Theatre (Audelco Award).

“My concept for our production is rooted deeply in African American history & custom,” stated Director Lou Bellamy. “Dorothy’s journey from (in our production) Nicodemus, Kansas to the Wiz’s palace in Harlem, pays homage to the Great Migration made during Reconstruction by thousands of African Americans from rural environs to urban living.”

Children’s Theatre and Penumbra Theatre are excited to embark upon an historic partnership that will bring Minnesota audiences the best of what both companies offer. Long heralded as the leading theatre for young audiences in the country, CTC creates artistically excellent, sophisticated theatre for multigenerational audiences, while Penumbra Theatre, the leading African American theatre company in the nation, produces artistically excellent, socially responsible drama depicting authentic representations of black life and culture. Both companies bring a passion for advocacy for their often underserved audiences, and have pioneered educational programming that innovates within the field – CTC’s critical literacy work and Penumbra’s racial justice work will allow these two treasured companies to forge something together that neither could do alone. Leadership at both organizations is committed to forging a deep and equitable partnership that will indelibly impact both for the better.

Photo: Dan Norman

“It is a great thrill and honor to partner with Penumbra Theatre,” stated CTC Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. “They are a major force in the national theatre world as well as a local treasure. The insights and experience they bring to this partnership have been extraordinary and we look forward to continuing to find ways to work together.”

“This relationship isn’t transactional,” stated Penumbra Theatre Artistic Director Sarah Bellamy.  “We are getting to a space of depth and real honesty with each other in terms of our conversations about equity, what our aesthetics are, how we can create a proactive, equitable, shared learning environment and that feels very unique.”

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends with a dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Embark on this Oz-some adventure through a magic land where you will meet funky monkeys, winkies, Addaperle and Evillene. You don’t need a wizard—just believe in yourself to find home and feel that brand-new day.

To learn more about this partnership between CTC and Penumbra Theatre, take a look at this video here.


Reader Giveaway:

One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win 2 Weeknight Tickets to Children’s Theatre Company The Wiz!! (2 tickets for any weeknight performance that isn’t already sold out – that’s any Tuesday through Friday performance.) To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 1/29/18. Good luck!!

Children’s Theatre Company The Wiz Ticket Giveaway

Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

Viewing a performance of The Nutcracker is a longstanding holiday season tradition! For more than 50 years, Minnesotans have been enjoying performances of Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

The story begins at a Christmas party in 19th century Nuremberg, and unfolds through the eyes of Marie as her wizardly godfather, Drosselmayer, weaves a magical fantasy. His tale takes her on an extraordinary adventure to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Experience the beautiful choreography of Loyce Houlton danced by Minnesota Dance Theatre company members, guest artists and children of the School, with the brilliant music of Tchaikovsky played by the 44-piece Nutcracker Orchestra and led by Philip Brunelle.

Right now you can get tickets to select performances for only $18 to $37.50 (regular price is $45 – $75), plus a small service fee. Get tickets here!

Free Blackdirt Improv Workshop


Have you wanted to try Imrov but not sure where?  The Blackdirt Theater group is offering a free workshop tomorrow, November 7th from 7-9.  The Black Dirt Theater is located in Hastings and the class will be held at the high school.  More specifics can be found here on the fb event page.

Black Dirt Theater Improv Workshops:

Come and join us for a FREE Improv Workshop. We will be having workshops on November 7th from 7:00-9:00pm at Hastings High School Multi-Purpose Room E-141, and November 9th from 7:00-9:00pm Hastings High School Multi-Purpose Room E-141.

Always wanted to try Improv? Want to brush up on your Improv skills before the audition? Then these workshops are for you! You will get a basic lesson in Improv and an understanding of what the auditions will be like. We will play improv games, do scene work, and work on our storytelling. Wear comfortable clothes, bring an excited attitude and get ready to have some fun.