Behind the scenes at the Zephyr Theatre.
In the musical Newsies, now playing at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters (CDT), Les Jacobs is an almost 10-year-old boy, whose older brother, David, and another newsboy Jack are involved in a strike against a powerful newspaper publisher. As in all CDT productions featuring children, the role is shared by two young men, 13-year-old Tanner Zahn Hagen and 11-year-old Jon-Erik Chamberlain.
In the musical Newsies—now playing at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT)—Les Jacobs is an almost-10-year-old boy whose older brother, David, and another newsboy, Jack, are involved in a strike against a powerful newspaper publisher. As in all CDT productions featuring children, the role is shared by two young men, 13-year-old Tanner Zahn Hagen and 11-year-old Jon-Erik Chamberlain.
While there’s no “Best of” voting category for live theater, we at City South dedicate our Noteworthy section to a few of the many fine venues and acting companies readers can find in nearly every corner of our distribution area.
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Women Lead the Way
Jungle Theater “A little neighborhood theater with national impact.”
The Cross Community Players (CCP) is bringing a production of The Pirates of Penzance to Osseo Senior High. One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved works, Pirates tells a tale of sentimental pirates, bumbling policeman, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric major general. It’s a classic production that shouldn’t be missed. It’s been regaling audience members since its debut in New York City in 1879. Along with The Mikado and H.M.S.
Set in fictitious Bunyan Bay, Minn., a town with rich Norwegian heritage, this wonderful new musical comedy at St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will entertain audiences of all ages throughout April.
A show at the Dinner Theatre is truly an event. Co-owned by director Jim Zimmerman and his wife, Jill, it has been a cultural fixture in the St. Croix Valley since 2006. Zimmerman carefully selects each cast and, after four weeks of production time, is ready to raise the curtain and entertain audiences.
The glow of stage lights warms excited faces and a sense of purpose settles in bones. With each line spoken crisp and clear, with each note hit and with each costume change, performers are transported to another time and place. The performing arts provide a space to explore—everything from history to fears to the world around us—and in this exploration, your child just might find their calling on stage.
Stars on Broadway returns with its fourth installment, and this time, the show is bringing rock n’ roll. Featuring songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Motown, Hairspray, School of Rock, Rent, Hamilton and more, the Woodbury Community Theatre (WCT) musical will have you jamming all night long. “It’s similar to a rock concert, but with the Broadway spin on it,” Lori Sager, director of the musical, says.
There is a venue in the small town of St. Croix Falls, Wis., celebrating its 28th season this year, where community members can gather for great performances in a charming local setting. “Festival Theatre is your local theater,” says Jason Richards of the St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre. “Festival Theatre’s mission is to make the arts welcoming to all people as an essential part of their wellbeing and for the vitality of the community.”
Sister Act, running at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres this month, is the beloved and comical story of a diva who witnesses a crime and disguises herself as a nun to avoid trouble. I recently spoke with two of the cast members of the show. Leslie Brown grew up in California and studied musical theater in college. One day she came across an audition “in a town called Chanhassen in Minnesota, and the rest was history,” she says. Currently living in St. Louis Park, Leslie is a part of the nun ensemble in this performance.