Category Archives: Past Event

Women Who Drink – 30th Anniversary, on Zoom

SOLD OUT: The 30th anniversary performance of Women Who Drink on Sat, June 20, 2020 at 7:30p is SOLD OUT. Thank you for the amazing support!

If you have questions, please email

Date: Sat, June 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Central Time).
Duration: 60 minutes
Ages: 13+
Tickets: Free! Contributions to support Dreamland Arts are welcome.
Registration: SOLD OUT. Thank you for the support!

Stay on Zoom after the show for a 30th Anniversary toast!

Women Who Drink – 30th Anniversary, on Zoom
Written and performed by Leslye Orr

Women Who Drink is a happy hour of intoxicating comedy spiked with razor-sharp wit and sobering observations. Playing sixteen loopy ladies, each named after their drink of choice, outrageous Leslye Orr conjures up a great menu of barflies, each as distinct as their hair-dos and hats!

Featured as the “Best Solo Performance of 2000!” (Lavender magazine), and listed as a Star Tribune “Critic’s Choice” play, this delightful comedy with its uplifting message and memory lane music has been toasted by audiences at theaters in the Midwest for 30 years!

“So funny I darn near laughed out loud.” – Enthusiastic Audience Member.

Women Who Drink premiered at Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series in 1990.

Look No Further!

Date: Fri, May 29, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Pay What You Wish (to support the work of Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts)
Ages: Ages 18+

Look No Further!
an improv event on Zoom with Jim Robinson (Photo: Linda Peterson, U of M)


NOTE: This performance will be presented on Zoom in a Meeting format. We recommend that you Download the Zoom App in advance and sign in prior to the show.

In improvisation we let go of expectations around creativity and, instead, discover what’s waiting for us in the very moment! When we ground ourselves in the moment and connect with one another we need look no further for inspiration and energy. This hour-long workshop will use improv techniques to help us inhabit the moment and, most importantly, have fun doing so. Please join Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts for this pay-what-you-wish Zoom event. You can stay home AND join us at Dreamland. Sounds perfect!

Jim Robinson has a dual career in improvisation and psychology. He’s an alumnus of the Brave New Workshop, the Off-Beat Comedy Club onboard the Disney Magic, and is co-founder of Table Salt Productions, a local theater company dedicated to producing original works in the Twin Cities. Jim has also taught psychology at St. Catherine University and at the University of St. Thomas. He hails from Riverside, California.


The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show, on Zoom

Date: Sun, May 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Duration: 30 minutes
Ages: 3+
Tickets: Free. Contributions to support Dreamland Arts are welcome.
Registration: Click on “Join the Fun” below. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation of your ticket purchase with the Zoom Meeting details.
Format: This performance will be presented on Zoom in a Meeting format. Attendees will have the option to interact with the performer or participate only as observers.

The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show, on Zoom
Hosted by Leslye Orr

The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience (now on Zoom) for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids and their plushies virtually join Zip the chipmunk and his friends to celebrate the onset of Spring. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.

Technical things you will need:
– A phone, tablet or computer for viewing
– Internet browser or the free Zoom App
– A broadband internet connection is preferred

Fun things to have (all items are Optional):
– A table for the kids to set their stuffed animals
– A regular umbrella
– A doll-size umbrella (for a surprise)
– Doll-size dishes for the tea party

Reviews from our preview performance.

“I could not be more grateful for her [Leslye’s] insight and creativity in engaging our kids. She’s the Fred Rogers of our neighborhood.” – Sarah D., St. Paul

“My son absolutely loved preparing for the Zoom video, getting his whole stuffed animal stage set, and then when he watched her change her sets, he continued to change his. Thank you Leslye for the virtual theater!” – Natalie W., Chicago

“Leslye helped us find our voices!” – Cobbler and Rainbow (stuffed animals), St. Paul

Festival of One-Act Plays – presented by Applause Community Theatre

CANCELLED: We regret to announce that all performances of the Festival of One Act Plays have been cancelled.

Dates: Fri-Sun, Mar 20-22 & 27-29, 2020 (full schedule below)
Tickets: $15 ($12 student/senior/teacher)
Age Recommendation: Ages 15+
Duration: 2 hrs. 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Applause Community Theatre presents
Festival of One-Act Plays

Fri, Mar 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Mar 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Mar 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Fri, Mar 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Mar 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Mar 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Applause Community Theatre’s 3rd Annual Festival of One-Act plays features 5 plays, 2 by local playwrights. Please join us for an evening of comedy and farce as we continue to pay homage to the Comedy Mask. Please note that one of the plays does contain strong language, so the evening is rated PG.

Our lineup:
Nightmare without Pants by Joseph Scrimshaw
Pop the Question by Ginny Leutgeb
Babel’s in Arms by David Ives
The Seven Men of Hannukah by Sharon Cooper
Post-It-Notes On a Marrriage by Paul Dooley


Uh, Oh, Here Comes Christmas

Dates: Dec 6-14, 2019
Tickets: $15 ($12 student/senior)
Age Recommendation: Ages 7+
Duration: 2 hrs. 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Applause Community Theatre presents
Uh, Oh, Here Comes Christmas

Fri, Dec 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Dec 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Dec 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Thu, Dec 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Fri, Dec 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Dec 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Based on the books by Robert Fulghum. Adapted by Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell. Music and lyrics by David Caldwell. Directed by Gary Davis.

Holiday stories from the international best-selling author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” have been crafted into an engaging evening of storytelling and song. This charming show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December.

Presented with permission from Dramatic Publishing.