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2017-18 Performance Season

 

1984
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: February 1-4 & February 7-11, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
1984 plot synopsis: Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania.  Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence.  With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thought crimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience – which acts as a silent witness to his torture.  A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

Oklahoma!
Where: Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato
When: February 2-4 & February 9-10, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Oklahoma! plot synopsis: In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with a violent ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Ragtime (the musical)
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: February 15-17 & February 22-25, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Ragtime plot synopsis: At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing … and anything is possible.  Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair … and what it means to live in America.

John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Musical Cabaret
Where: Anderson Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: February 23-25, 2018 and March 2-4, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.
Cabaret plot synopsis: Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the notorious Kit Kat Club in 1931 Berlin. Here you will see beautiful singers, dancers, and musicians, along with a most extraordinary Master of Ceremonies! See the naïve young writer, Cliff Bradshaw, struggle to keep up with our delightful diva, Miss Sally Bowles. Enjoy the freedom, the laughter, the danger of our delicious decadence! Watch how the Nazi presence grows more and more powerful, until – well, you will see for yourselves. Come to the Cabaret!

All Shook Up
Where: Kato Ballroom, Mankato
When: March 15-17 & 22-24, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plot synopsis: Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presely.

Talley’s Folly
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: March 28-31, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Talley’s Folly plot synopsis: The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest, and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two “lame ducks” who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.

Bye Bye Birdie (the musical)
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: April 5-7 & April 12-15, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Bye By Birdie ploy synopsis: It is 1960, and a chorus of young girls energetically sings the praises of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie.  At Almelou Music Corp. in New York, Conrad’s managers, Albert Peterson and Rosie Alvarez (who’ve been dating for years), learn that their client has been inducted into the Army. Though she’d prefer that Albert settle down and become “An English Teacher,” Rosie concocts a plan: as a publicity stunt, Conrad will bid a typical American teen-age girl goodbye with a public farewell kiss. Rosie randomly selects the name of the lucky girl: 15-year-old Kim McAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

Melancholy Play
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: April 18-21, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
Melancholy Play ploy synopsis: Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Where: Bethany Lutheran College
When: April 20-22 & April 27-28, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
The Importance of Being Earnest plot synopsis: In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym (“Ernest”) for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

Pierre Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: April 20-22, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.
The Marriage of Figaro plot synopsis: Beaumarchais’ controversial comic masterpiece of love, lust and class warfare, follows one mad day of adventures in the Castle of Aguas Frescas. Foreshadowing the French Revolution, this hilarious, tightly-plotted farce explores how a group of servants employs every trick in the book to dismantle aristocratic privilege. A timeless comedy of social revolution and change.

Falling Toward Beginning Spring Dance Concert
Where: Anderson Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: May 11-13, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.
Falling Toward Beginning synopsis: This year’s concert features work by Gustavus faculty Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, Melissa Rolnick, and Michele Rusinko, guest choreographers Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner and Jeffrey Peterson, recent alumna Laura Johnson ’16, and selected student choreographers. Please join us in our embrace of falling as an opportunity to rebound and begin again.

Robin Hood
Where: Lincoln Community Center, Mankato
When: May 11-13 & 18-20, 2018
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.