Behind the scenes at the Zephyr Theatre.
Where are you from, originally?
Reed Sigmund: Autumn is from St. Paul and I’m from Fargo, N.D. I came to the University of Minnesota as a child psych major.
How long have you been acting?
Autumn Ness: The first play I ever did was with the Children’s Theatre Co. (CTC), Hansel and Gretl in 1987, and I did shows there until high school … I toured with them, did main stage shows and loved it.
Stillwater’s interpretation of a timeless classic is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season.
The St. Croix Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker has become a Stillwater-area tradition over the years. This year, it is expected to bring more holiday cheer than ever before.
“We really want to celebrate these last 25 years,” says Susan Hovey, director of St. Croix Ballet. “Every year there is something new and exciting with this show, and that’s something people really like to see.”
The Phipps Center for the Arts is busy preparing for its November opening of the musical fantasy, Into the Woods. Based on the book by James Lapine, and with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods weaves together several plots of the well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tales in unexpected ways. Even before it was released as a major motion picture in December 2014, Into the Woods was regarded as one of the most popular musicals for both Broadway and local theaters alike.