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2017-18 Performance Season

 

The Aeneid
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: October 18-22
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
The Aeneid plot synopsis: The Aeneid is a heroic story of survival, as topical as it is timeless.  In this contemporary echo of Virgin’s famous poem, a band of refugees flee their devastated city to embark on the perilous quest for a new country to call home.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Where: Lincoln Community Center, Mankato
When: October 20-22
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plot synopsis: Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right hand man and reunites him with his family.

Betsy and Joe
Where: Betsy Tacy Society, Mankato
When: October 27
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Betsy and Joe plot synopsis: A dramatic play written by Grace Webb and performed by the Merely Players and based on the novel by Maud Hart Lovelace. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Betsy and Joe’s wedding by watching their timeless love story! t’s senior year at Deep Valley High, and Betsy Ray struggles to juggle a blossoming writing career, senior physics, the affections of two boys and the uncertainties of a future beyond high school. Aided by best friends Tacy Kelly and Tib Mueller, Betsy learns how to look through hectic class schedules and classmate drama to find what—and who—is most important.

The Diary of Anne Frank
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: November 2-4 & November 9-12
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
The Diary of Anne Frank plot synopsis: An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.  Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that.  I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met.  I want to go on living even after my death!”

The Women of Troy
Where: Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato
When: November 10-12 & November 17-18
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
The Women of Troy plot synopsis: The Women of Troy is an ancient Greek drama with deep contemporary ties that focuses on the women and children that are left behind after a brutal war. These captive women, royalty and commoners alike, await their fates at the hands of Greek conquerors after the invasion and destruction of their homes.

These Shining Lives
Where: Andreas Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato
When: November 15-18
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
These Shining Lives plot synopsis: These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good
Where: Anderson Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: November 16-19
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.

Choreographers’ Gallery
Where: Kresge Dance Studio, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: December 8-10
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.

Physical Theatre Project
Where: Black Box Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: December 8-10
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.

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.

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.

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.

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