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2021 Performance Season

Choraliers: I Have a Song to Sing
Where: Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato
When: February 4-7,2021
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Synopsis: I Have a Song to Sing! A Savory and Sweet Charcuterie from the Savoy Operas of  Gilbert and Sullivan.  Join us for a special show that features music from a variety of Gilbert and Sullivan favorites.  Selections are featured from The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, and so many more!

Five Course Love
By Gregg Coffin
Where: Mankato Playhouse, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, Mankato
When: February 12 – 14, 2021
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-317-1245.
Synopsis: Three actors play fifteen different characters in five different restaurants on the hunt for one true love. The evening begins at Dean’s Old-Fashioned All-American Down-Home Bar-B-Que Texas Eats, where a blind date goes charbroiled wrong. Next, at the Trattoria Pericolo, a mob wife has a secret rendezvous behind her husband’s back. At Der Schlupfwinkel Speiseplatz, a waiter, a dominatrix and her kept man discover at the same hilarious moment that they are all dating each other. In Ernesto’s Cantina, a hill bandit and his rival battle for the hand of the beautiful Rosalinda. And at the Star-Lite Diner, a waitress pines for her true love and gets a little help from Cupid in making her dreams come true. .

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
New Laboratory Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: February 18-21, 2021
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.
Synopsis: Stoppard’s Tony award-winning comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, flips the script of Hamlet, following two minor figures from Shakespeare’s play. These hapless young lords fill the time between their scenes in the tragedy by flipping coins or in hilarious encounters with a ragtag troupe of actors. Often compared to Becket’s Waiting for Godot, Stoppard’s fascinating script plays in the space between theatre and reality to tease out the meaning of “to be.” Our Gustavus production will also be exploring this “space between.” The existential questions and playful meta-theatre of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern provide exciting possibilities for our creative team, as we experiment with new modes of presenting theatre during a pandemic.

Mamma Mia!
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer. Additional materials by Martin Koch
Where: Ted Paul Theatre, Earley Center for the Performing Arts, MSU, Mankato, Mankato
When: April 7-11 & 14-18, 2021
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-389-6661.
Synopsis: Made possible by Community Bank Mankato, Jones Law, and RentMSU. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. This “juke box sensation” is one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history.

Three Sisters
New Laboratory Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter
When: May 6-9, 2021
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 507-933-7590.
Synopsis: Premiering in 1901, Chekhov’s play captured a time when old structures of society were crumbling, and radical change was in the wind. As they face an uncertain future, the three Prozerov sisters feel trapped in the flux with no way out. Over a century later, young people can certainly relate to the frustration of lives “on hold.” By working with the techniques pioneered by Russian director Konstantin Stanislavsky to better serve Chekhov’s plays, our students will explore the complexity of an inconsistent world that includes passion and pettiness, hope and despair, comedy and tragedy. We call it realism.

Rex’s Exs
by Authors Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Where: Merely Players Community Theatre, Lincoln Community Center, Mankato
When: TBA
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online.
Synopsis: This deliriously funny Southern-fried farce finds the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas—Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette—teetering on the brink of disaster again.