Jun
14
Jun 18

Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Riverland Community College

by Rick Elice
Directed by Lindsey Duoos Williams

Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan becomes Peter Pan - the boy who would never grow up.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates - led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own - the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure exploring the depths of greed and despair along with the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

Performances June 14, 15, 16, 17 at 7:00 pm; June 18 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices
$15 adult
$10 children ages 12 and under

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Jul
5
Jul 9

On Golden Pond

  • Riverland Community College

by Ernest Thompson
Directed by John Deyo

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory. She is ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman and delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits them.

Performances July 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:00 pm; July 8 & 9 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices
$15 adult
$10 children ages 12 and under

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Aug
5
7:00 pm19:00

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Riverland Community College

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on the play of the same name by Christopher Bond

Directed by Randy Forster

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Featuring some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, this masterpiece was awarded eight Tony Awards in 1979 - including Best Musical. Sweeney Todd has become a success that has thrilled, shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

Performances July 28, 29, August 2, 3, 4, 5 at 7:00 pm; July 30 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices
$18 adult
$10 children ages 12 and under

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.


Harvey
Aug
3
Aug 7

Harvey

  • Frank W. Bridges Theatre

By Mary Chase
Directed by Vic Wylde

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The young, handsome, and very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a "perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!" (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she would rather have Elwood the same as he has always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey.

Performances August 3, 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 pm; August 7 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices
$15 adult
$10 children ages 12 and under

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The Murder Room
Jul
13
Jul 17

The Murder Room

  • Frank W. Bridges Theatre

By Jack Sharkey
Directed by Randy Forster

Sponsored by Theatre Friends in Memory of David Dahlquist

When this zany spoof of British mysteries opened in Sydney, Australia, reviewers spouted phrases like "a great vehicle for three ladies," "a plethora of hilarious situations," and "this is a romp!"
"Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment." – Times
"There are secret chambers, secret panels and trap lids galore. They're all operated by the most ridiculous contrivances and gloriously mucked up...A high, mad melodrama." - Frank Harris
"Delightful...constant humor...A good mixture of Agatha Christie, Monty Python, and Abbot and Costello!" - Canon, Memphis

Performances July 13, 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 pm; July 17 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices
$15 adult
$10 children ages 12 and under

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Shrek the Musical
Jun
21
Jun 26

Shrek the Musical

  • Frank W. Bridges Theatre

Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Directed by John Deyo

Sponsored by REM Woodvale

Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets?

Performances June 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 pm; June 26 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices
$18 adult
$10 children age 12 and under

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