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By: Play off the Page on March 31, 2014 - 3:53pm - Add new comment

Balloonacy is a play for preschoolers about a man, a birthday, and a balloon that is full of surprises. The entire show is expertly choreographed to music and sound effects as Robert Dorfman interacts with a balloon who seems to have a mind of its own, and a very real sense of humor.

By: Play off the Page on March 20, 2014 - 10:16am - Add new comment

Yesterday, I had a power lunch date with some fabulous women writers in our area! We met at the Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter, MN. Most of us ordered the chopped wedge salad with apple, bacon, and a mild blue cheese dressing. Yum! Several of these women have quit “regular” jobs to become freelance (elance) writers. Some are poets and bloggers. Some are interested in writing genealogy, and more than one person has a book either out, in the works, or percolating in her mind. These are my peeps, and I am so grateful to have found them (or maybe they found me).

By: Play off the Page on March 17, 2014 - 10:24am - Add new comment

"The Scarecrow and his Servant" is based on the book by Philip Pullman, adapted for the stage at The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) by Jeffrey Hatcher, and directed by Peter C. Brosius. Once again, the creative team at CTC has brought a new production to its stage. While the classic, recognizable titles do draw people in, sometimes, they start to feel like you’re eating leftovers for the fifth time in one week, and you’re ready for something fresh. The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN is not afraid to serve up fresh ideas.

By: Play off the Page on March 11, 2014 - 8:46pm - Add new comment

I was thrilled to see two old friends on stage in AAAA’s current production of "Wait Until Dark," directed by Sharon Thalmann. Written in the 1960′s by Fredrick Knott (Dial M for Murder), this is a classic thriller. Susy, who was recently blinded in a car accident, finds herself trapped in her own apartment with criminals who are determined to get what they want at all costs. The suspense builds as Susy realizes she’s being played. Her life is at risk and she needs the help of the teenager upstairs. The two women use their wisdom and resources to outsmart the thugs and try to stay alive.

By: Play off the Page on March 3, 2014 - 11:09am - Add new comment

Theatre Classes for Kids will take place at the Franklin Arts Center, Saturday mornings,
April 12 – May 10, 2014.

Puppet Plays for Elementary Grades 1-4: Kids will create their own puppets and characters and write a puppet play with the group and/or on their own. They will have a chance to direct their play and/or perform in it. Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:00, April 12 – May 10, 2014. Cost $50.

By: Play off the Page on February 21, 2014 - 9:47am - Add new comment

Hey there, Lovers of Theatre and Thrillers, Alexandria community theatre, AAAA, is presenting "Wait Until Dark" in March. I plan to get to this one the first weekend and write a review. I hope I see you there!

Cunning and suspense combine in a masterfully constructed thriller when Alexandria Area Arts presents Fredrick Knott’s Wait Until Dark March 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30pm and March 9 and 16 at 2:00pm.

By: Play off the Page on February 15, 2014 - 10:50am - Add new comment

Erik Steen has directed a fine performance of Paul Rudnick's play "I Hate Hamlet" at Central Lakes College. Kevin Yeager is in fine form, and tights, throughout the show. He plays the ghost of John Barrymore who has come back to haunt a reluctant young actor into playing Hamlet, challenge him to a sword fight, and teach him a thing or two about passion, for life and the art.

Go to my writer's blog, Play off the Page, to read more of my review. http://www.maryaalgaard.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-of-i-hate-hamlet-at-...

By: Play off the Page on January 22, 2014 - 12:05pm - Add new comment

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Favorites by Eric Carle is a touring show from The Mermaid Theatre, playing at The Children's Theatre in Minneapolis, Jan. 14 - Feb. 23, 2014. The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is known for it's use of puppetry, lighting, and innovation in creating theatre for young audiences. We brought two six-year-old girls to the show, and we were all delighted by the performance. It has all the coziness of story time at the library, and all the brilliance of live theatre.

By: Play off the Page on January 12, 2014 - 3:41pm - Add new comment

I taught a class for the Crossing Arts Alliance Flipside class this past Saturday. Flipside is for kids in our area to experience the arts in various ways. Every month on the 2nd Saturday, you can bring your kids to the Franklin Arts Center for an art class or Arty Party, from 10:00-noon. They also offer classes in the summer for art, theatre, and writing. I taught the writing class with Guy Kelm last summer, and we'll be teaching it again this coming June. Can't wait....for the class and summer!

By: Play off the Page on December 17, 2013 - 12:15pm - Add new comment

The Primo Art Spa in Brainerd, locally owned and operated by sisters Mary Aalgaard and Joy Ciaffoni, has gift certificates available for art, music, and writing classes.