Last night, at Cragun's Resort, near Brainerd, MN, we had a chance to experience music and fine dining and support the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. What a gorgeous night! The food was delicious, the music delightful. The people who gathered to support the arts in our area were happy and friendly. From donated silent auction items to the gift of music and the excellent cuisine, we were all well-fed, body, mind, and spirit.
The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis paired up with Ma-Yi Theater Company of New York to produce "The Wong Kids and the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!" written by Lloyd Suh and directed by Ralph Pena.
The setting for this play is a neighborhood somewhere in America and outer space. It's about a sister and brother, teen and preteen, who wrestle with how they fit in, when they're too old to play pretend, and what really makes them strong.
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has a great program called "The Broadway Songbook." They have done musical medleys from such Broadway greats as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Stephen Sondheim. They are currently showcasing "Musicals of the 1950's" which some consider to be the height of musical theatre. With musicals such as "The Sound of Music," "The Music Man," "Guys and Dolls," "The Pajama Game," "West Side Story," and "The King and I" it's hard to argue against that sentiment. They mix in a few sleepers as well.
The Heartland Symphony Orchestra is sponsoring a fundraiser at the Pavillion at Cragun's Legacy Golf course on November 1, 2013 called Taste of Nations. Ensembles made of players from the HSO will play music from 5 different countries which will be followed up by a 5 course meal of food from these nations.
This events sounds like a delight for all the senses. A menu paired with music selections from around the world? I'm in!
"Tribes" is a play for anyone who has ever felt misunderstood. It is about dysfunctional love, and how we all have barriers and ways of coping and loving and living. This cast is phenomenal in bringing Nina Raine's story to life. It is about Billy, the only deaf person in a hearing family, who reads lips and speaks well to communicate. He meets Sylvia who is a hearing girl born to deaf parents. She signs expertly, but doesn't lip read. She is going deaf.
The Primo Art Spa, started by sisters Joy Ciaffoni and Mary Aalgaard, is having an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, from Noon - 6:00. We will have classes going throughout the day as well as entertainment and refreshments. Stop by to check us out, or take a class. You can stop by any time on Saturday afternoon.
Noon: Puppet Party - Create a puppet and character, listen to music, stories, and participate in an impromptu puppet show. Any age is welcome. Young children need to be accompanied by an adult.
"Miss Saigon" is a love story set in war torn Vietnam, mid-1970's. Two star-crossed lovers cling to each other as the world crumbles into chaos. As the lyrics explain in The Last Night of the World, "In a place that won't let us feel. In a life where nothing seems real. I found you." Chris, an American G.I, meets Kim, a young Vietnamese girl forced into prostitution. The bond they form in two short weeks gives them each the courage to battle on through the turmoil of the end of the war and its aftermath.
Like the gifted author, E.B. White, I also maintain my childlike sense of wonder, especially at the theatre. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the show, that I forget I'm there to view and review. Then, I get lost again, accepting that mesmerized moment will come back as I type my review. I don't think I'm the only adult who laughed and giggle, sighed and cried along with the children as we watched the stunning performance of "Charlotte's Web" at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.All of the actors portray their characters with much animation.
If you've ever wanted to see a production of an Anton Chekhov play, but were a little leery about connecting to a play written in the late 1800's in Russia, then The Guthrie Theater's production of "Uncle Vanya" is for you. Even if this isn't one of the events on your bucket list, I say add it, now. This is your chance to see superb actors bringing to life a classic piece that has been adapted for the stage by a living playwright, Brian Friel, who has kept the feeling of the setting, while making the play accessible to a modern audience.
Have you heard of the book, "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron? It is a 12-week program for people wanting to discover and heal their inner artist. She has all kinds of useful information in the chapters, and then ends each chapter with tasks to do over the course of the week. Over the years, I have read this book more times than I can remember. The last time I went through it, I gathered a couple of my friends to join me. It was a great experience to work together with others on this journey.