Category Archives: Past Event

Diggity Dog Days

Dates: Fri-Sun, July 12-14, 2019 (Fri-Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2:00pm)
Tickets: $15
Age Recommendation: Ages 10+
Duration: 1 hr., no intermission

MPR Art Hounds: A dog’s tale of love and grief

Diggity Dog Days                                              Photo: Bruce Silcox
a puppet show about an irrepressible dog and his aging owner
created and performed solo by Margo McCreary
with live music and original songs composed by Marya Hart,
and drums and percussion by Bruce Wintervold
directed by Zaraawar Mistry

When changes in his aging owner’s life begin to affect his everyday routine, Jack the dog responds doggedly, causing confusion and distress for all. An unexpected adventure to the dog park threatens to only make matters worse, but a brood of neighborly urban chickens intervenes to save the day! Set to a jazzy score with lively original songs, Diggity Dog Days is a paw-lickin’ good frolic on heartache and hope.

Diggity Dog Days premiered at Dreamland Arts in 2011. It has been presented with a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Grant in 2012 at such locations as The Regional Cultural Arts Center in New York Mills, MN, The Playground in Duluth, MN and The Dreamery in Wykoff, MN and will be seen at the 2019 National Puppetry Festival in Minneapolis.

Margo McCreary is a Twin Cities puppeteer. She started with “In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre” back in the 70’s. Independent since 1980, Margo performs original puppet shows and teaches puppetry as an artist/ educator. She has been fortunate to collaborate with other talented directors, performers musicians and technicians for the past 35 years.

Movement grabs me. I am practiced in the world of bringing objects to life with movement, voice, and spark of spirit in the moment. I believe that my creations mirror the generosity of life, and, as an artist, it is this that I want to share with others. My work can be edgy and humorous, but I consider it compost for our earthy spirits!” – Margo McCreary

A Shakespeare Playground: Workshops for the Curious Non-Expert

with Tinne Rosenmeier
Dates: Mon-Wed, June 24-26, 2019 from 6:30-9:30 pm
Attend just one evening or all three. See details below. If you have questions email Tinne Rosenmeier at AShakepearePlayground@outlook.com.
Cost: $30 per workshop or $75 for all three

BUY TICKETS Registrations managed by Tinne Rosenmeier.

These workshops are a fun and engaging way for people who want to break through the Shakespeare mystique to gain confidence and skills. What is he saying? How does that speech tie together?

Each three hour workshop will have three threads:

  • First: Ensemble work, using improvisation and movement to unravel rich and often confusing poetic imagery;
  • Second: Take-away lessons and practice in verse structures commonly found in the plays;
  • Third: Apply those techniques to monologue and scene work.

WHO: Adult actors and non-actors who are interested in exploring Shakespeares rich imagery and language play are encouraged to jump in with a playful heart! Participants are welcome to bring material for coaching and feedback. Dress for movement.

These three workshops are offered as an open, drop in format. Each evening will build on the night before, but are welcoming if you can only come one evening.

THE TEACHER
TINNE ROSENMEIER is a seasoned theater teacher and actress working in the Twin Cities area. A Shakespeare Playground is a dream job, combining her acting experience and training with years of service in public education. She holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University, BA, English Literature, Carleton College, and earned a certificate from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC. She retired from teaching theater in public education settings for thirteen years.

If you have questions email Tinne Rosenmeier at AShakepearePlayground@outlook.com.

M-SHE Productions Youth Performance

Date: Fri-Sat, June 21-22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Ages: All ages
Duration: 60 minutes. No intermission.

M-SHE Productions presents
Youth Theatrical Workshops & Performances of “American Dream”

Come rock out with us as we celebrate the hard work our youth performers have put in. They have spent a week in an intense environment, learning their show material and developing captivating characters. We are excited to have 2 casts this season. The workshops and performances give them a chance to see what it is like to be a professional dancer and the demands that can entail. We are diving head first into Green Day’s Broadway Musical, “American Idiot.” While looking for the meaning of life and trying to find their freedom, these hardcore dancers just might find out that what they were looking for was there in the first place.

M-SHE Productions is the creation of the husband and wife duo, Maggie Hoadley-Edwards-Culp and Parker Culp. With the eye and soul for all things artistic, M-SHE Productions, provides choreography, instruction, direction, music mixes, recording studio needs, and performers for dance, music, and photography.

Sketch Mythology 2019

Dates: Sat-Sun, June 8-9, 2019 (Sat at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. & Sun at 2:00 p.m.)
Tickets: $20 General ($10 Students/Figure Models)
Age Recommendation: This performance contains nudity. For audiences 18+
Duration: Act 1 – 65 minute dance performance including several short poses to sketch
Act 2 – 40 minutes of figure drawing including a 4, 10, and 22 minute pose

Jenson Dance presents
Sketch Mythology 2019

Performed/Modeled by Matt Jenson and Laura Selle Virtucio
Music performed live by Karen Majewicz
and Special Guest Lars Lee

Gods, goddesses, and fantastic creatures from Greek mythology abound, and YOU get to draw them! Modern dance blends with figure drawing to create a unique performance experience.

Throughout the six dances in Act I, you’ll get to warm up by drawing a series of 1, 2, and 4 minute poses. Act II will be one long pose. No previous drawing experience required, and paper and pencils will be provided. You are welcome to bring their own art supplies (nothing too messy, please).

Don’t remember much about Medusa? Never heard the story of Orpheus and Eurydice? Who the heck is Ares? Don’t worry…we’ve got you covered! Before the performance, you can stroll through a gallery of drawings and paintings that introduce you to the characters. A brief synopsis of each myth will tell you all you need to enjoy the show.

This performance contains a whole bunch of nudity. For audiences 18+

Trigger warning: Please note that, as with most Greek myths, the stories included in this show are full of potentially distressing elements such as war, decapitation, deaths of loved ones, and sexual situations

Sketch Mythology was created Matt Jenson and Laura Selle Virtucio in collaboration with many artists:
Choreographers/Directors: Maria Asp, Annie Enneking, Lise Houlton, and Marcia Keegan
Composers: Joel Arpin, Marya Hart, Eric Jensen, and Michelle Kinney
Performers/Musicians: Lars Lee, Karen Majewicz
Writer: Linda Shapiro
Puppets: Andrew Jenson
Costumes: Lucy Hinton
Pre-performance Gallery Visual Artists: Emily Barton, Liz Carlson, Robert Borman, Dona Kos, David Sandberg, and Deb Zeller

     

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”