Musicians Needed for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Orchestra

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Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake, MN is looking for talented musicians to join our orchestra for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opening in April. Information about rehearsals and performances are listed below. If interested, please contact Ben Ratkowski at 651-426-3275 or ben@lakeshoreplayers.org for details.

Instruments:
Piano
Cello
Drums/Percussion
Flute/Piccolo
Reeds
Trombone
Trumpet
Viola
Violin

The dates of the performances (at LPT) are:
April 21, Thur (7:30 pm)
April 22, Fri (7:30 pm)
April 23, Sat (7:30 pm)
April 24, Sun (2:00 pm)
April 29, Fri (7:30 pm)
April 30, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 1, Sun (2:00 pm)
May 6, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 7, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 8, Sun (2:00 pm)
May 13, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 14, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 15, Sun (2:00 pm)

Rehearsals will be:
4/10, 2pm-4pm
4/14, 6pm-8pm
4/16, 2pm-4pm

Tech rehearsals the week of 4/17

Conductor: Ben Wegner

LPT Show Webpage: http://lakeshoreplayers.org/buy-tickets/2015-16-season/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum/

Forum Full Synopsis and Song Samples: http://www.mtishows.com/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum

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Dinosaurs and Robin Hood Storm the Lakeshore Stage!

By popular demand, Lakeshore’s annual Summer Youth Players have returned for their 25th year! This year’s programs draw on the blockbuster Magic Tree House book series for the SYP, Jr. musical, while a fractured courtroom farce about Robin Hood will fuel SYP, Lakeshore’s teen program.

 
Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS, dinosaursthe SYP, Jr. camp for students grades 2-7, will run Mondays through Fridays, June 13-24, with performances from June 24-26. This two-week camp will meet from 8:30 to 2:00 every day (including a break for bag lunches). SYP, Jr. veterans Janie Froiland, Bobby Ragoonanan, and Bre Thom will be returning as Director, Music Director, and Choreographer.

The Trials of Robin Hood, the SYP camp for students grades 6-12, RobinHoodDesign_colorruns Mondays through Fridays, July 5-22, with performances July 22-31. This three-week camp will meet from 9:00-12:00 every day, with an option to attend additional afternoon tech sessions from 12:30-3:30 that will give students an education in more than just acting, as they help to conceptualize and build the set, props, and costumes for the show. Aaron Fiskradatz will be returning as director for his fifth year.

Register now by clicking here!

Registrations are limited and these camps typically fill fast. Reserve your spot on stage today!

 

Slamming Doors, Falling Trousers, and Flying Sardines

Noises Off at Lakeshore Players Theatre February 25 – March 20

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CAPTION: (L-R) Janice Murphy Roman, Taylor Evans, Lisa Shafer, and George M. Calger get caught in the act in Noises Off at Lakeshore Players Theatre Feb. 25-Mar. 20 (Photo submitted by: Vanessa Brooke Agnes)

Full of shocking surprises and raucous humor, Noises Off is celebrated as one of the funniest farces ever written.  And now, after millions of people worldwide enjoyed the smash hit, Noises Off comes to Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake.

The idea for the play came when playwright Michael Frayn was standing in the wings watching a performance of a farce he wrote for Lynn Redgrave. Frayn said that the show with Redgrave was “funnier from backstage than in the audience” and wanted to write a farce that took place behind the scenes.

“Frayn filled Noises Off with sheer pandemonium,” says director Gorden Hedahl.

“There are slamming doors, falling trousers, and flying sardines—and that is just Act One,” adds actor George M. Calger.

“With unraveling love triangles, flubbed lines, and missed entrances these characters have personalities that are almost as big as the set,” says actress Lisa Shafer.

“And this set is huge. I’ve built some big sets in the last couple years, but this could be the biggest one ever at Lakeshore Players,” states Technical Director Beth Miller.

“All of the timing on stage and large technical elements means this is not an easy show. Luckily, we have an exceptional creative team and phenomenal cast that are making this one of the highlights of our 63rd season,” says Lakeshore’s Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski.

“It is also a highlight for us on stage. In all of my years performing, Noises Off is my second Lakeshore Players show and the first time being directed by Gorden [Hedahl].  It is an absolute blast and I know audiences will love it too,” says actress Tori Ruckle.

The cast of nine performers include George M. Calger (St. Paul) as Lloyd Dallas, Janice Murphy Roman (Forest Lake) as Dotty Otley,  Taylor Evans (Minneapolis) as Garry Lejeune, Lisa Shafer (Eagan) as Brooke Ashton, Bruce Bell-Myers (Stillwater) as Frederick Fellowes, Tori Ruckle (Minneapolis) as Belinda Blair, Rachel Ratkowski (Maplewood) as Poppy Norton-Taylor,  Austin Lee (New Hope) as Tim Allgood, and Tom Monn (Woodbury) as Selsdon Mowbray.

Performances

February 25, Thur (7:30 pm)
$12 Preview

February 26, Fri (7:30 pm)
Post-show reception

February 27, Sat (7:30 pm)

February 28, Sun (2:00 pm)
Post-show artist discussion

March 4, Fri (7:30 pm)

March 5, Sat (7:30 pm)

March 6, Sun (2:00 pm)

March 11, Fri (7:30 pm)

March 12, Sat (7:30 pm)

March 13, Sun (2:00 pm)

March 18, Fri (7:30 pm)

March 19, Sat (7:30 pm)

March 20, Sun (2:00 pm)

When you go:

-Performances are Feb 25 – Mar 20 at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake.

-Tickets are $18-$23 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats at no additional charge, go to LakeshorePlayers.org or call 651-429-5674.

Noises Off Special Events:

-The $12 preview performance is Thursday, February 25.

-An opening night reception is included in the ticket price on Friday, February 26. Catered by Ingredients Cafe, the reception immediately follows the performance.

-Pay-what-you-can rush tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., while supplies last, on Saturday, February 27.

-Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance on Sunday, February 28.

Noises Off is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Lakeshore Players Celebrates Valentine’s Day and Families with a Hearty Party

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Sally-Anne Hunt is full of smiles and candy at Lakeshore Players Theatre (Photo submitted by Lauren Bergstrom).

Move over cupid, Lakeshore Players Theatre is taking over Valentine’s Day with Hearty Party a free Valentine’s Day celebration from 2-4 p.m. on February 13. There is something for everyone as adults as the two hours are filled with plenty of sweet candy, action-packed games, creative crafts, Valentine’s Day tales, and even a larger than life polar bear puppet greeting people at the door.

After a similar event in October, youth from Saint Paul said, “This was so fun. When do we get to come back?”

Forest Lake’s Vanessa Brook Agnes added, “It is great to see the smiles on the kids faces and families enjoying themselves in the theatre.”

Lakeshore’s Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski summarized the event by saying, “It has a Valentine’s day theme. But bringing families together and building community is what this event is all about.”

WHEN YOU GO
What: Hearty Party Valentine Day Celebration
When: Saturday, February 13
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Website: www.LakeshorePlayers.org
Phone: (651) 429-5674

This event is sponsored in part by Kindercare.

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Rowdy Renaissance Country Dance!

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Rowdy Renaissance Country Dance!

Join us on the Lakeshore stage after the Jan. 23rd 2pm performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) for a fun and free Rowdy Renaissance Country Dance!

All dances are taught by Lakeshore’s Executive Director, Joan Elwell. The dances are simple, fun, and there’s no need for a partner. Beginning at 4:30pm at Lakeshore Players Theatre (4820 Stewart Ave., White Bear Lake), this unique treat is free and open to the public!

Questions? Contact Joan Elwell at joan@lakeshoreplayers.org

Radio Players Auditions January 4 & 5!

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Do you love old time radio? Are you looking for a fun hobby? Have you always dreamed of performing in radio shows? If so, Lakeshore Players Theatre has the perfect opportunity for you! Come audition to be a part of the Radio Players – A group of great performers that travel around to schools, senior homes, churches and more!

Download the Audition Form Here: Radio Players Audition Form

Audition Information

Monday, January 4
7pm-9pm
White Bear Lake Area District Center
4855 Bloom Avenue White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Tuesday, January 5
7pm-9pm
Garnet Masonic Lodge
4923 Stewart Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

No preparation or experience necessary, you will read from various radio show scripts and Lakeshore welcomes all to audition for this fun old time radio troupe!

For more information, contact Ben Ratkowski at ben@lakeshoreplayers.org or at 651-429-3275.

Shakespeare Like You’ve Never Seen Him Before

Caption: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Lakeshore Players Theatre Jan 14-24. Pictured L-to-R: Jared Mogen, Ryan Nielsen, Nate Metcalf. Photo Credit: Vanessa Brooke Agnes

Caption: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Lakeshore Players Theatre Jan 14-24. Pictured L-to-R: Jared Mogen, Ryan Nielsen, Nate Metcalf. Photo Credit: Vanessa Brooke Agnes

Three actors. 37 plays. Less than two hours. Can they do it? The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Lakeshore Players Theatre is a high-energy roller coaster ride that will have you cracking up and guessing just how these guys will pull off the next play. With a rap song about Othello, an unusual version of Romeo & Juliet, a cooking show parody of Titus Andronicus and dozens more, you will not want to miss this laugh out loud experience.

Ryan Nielsen, an actor in the Lakeshore production says, “This is pure fun. I don’t even think of this as a show. It is a great time that we get to share with the audience.”

One of the playwrights and original cast members, Daniel Singer, explains why audiences enjoy the show on multiple levels, “The cleverness of seeing the greatest play in the English language rudely compacted into an absurdly short skit; the delight of vaudeville-style slapstick adapted to a 16th-Century idiom; and the witty interplay of three charismatic guys struggling to get through it.”

Executive Director Joan Elwell adds, “I remember seeing this show with the original cast in California. It was awesome. This Minnesotan production is certainly delivering a wonderful and memorable show, too.”

As Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski says, “Whether you are an expert or new to Shakespeare, this is a Shakespeareience that will leave you smiling.”

When you go:
-Performances are January 14-24, 2016 at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake.

-Tickets are $18-$23 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats at no additional charge, go to LakeshorePlayers.org or call 651-429-5674.

Performance Dates:

January 14, Thur (7:30 pm)

January 15, Fri (7:30 pm)

January 16, Sat (2:00 pm)

January 16, Sat (7:30 pm)

January 17, Sun (2:00 pm)

January 21, Thur (7:30 pm)

January 22, Fri (7:30 pm)

January 23, Sat (2:00 pm)

January 23, Sat (7:30 pm)

January 24, Sun (2:00 pm)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Special Events:

-Thursday, January 14: $12 preview performance.

-Friday, January 15: Opening night post-show reception catered by Ingredients Cafe included in the ticket price.

-Saturday, January 16 (7:30 pm performance): Limited pay-what-you-can rush tickets at the door.

-Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance on Sunday, January 17.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Cast List

Daniel: Jared Mogen (St. Louis Park, MN)
Jess: Ryan Nielsen (Maple Grove, MN)
Adam: Nate Metcalf (Roseville, MN)

Pre-Show Performers

Aaron Holt (Center City, MN)
Richard Kopf (Wantagh, NY)
Jackie O’Neil (Roseville, MN)

Lakeshore Awarded $10,000 Capital Grant from MRAC

We are thrilled to have been awarded a $10,000 Capital Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

This award will allow us to purchase new forward/rear projectors, monitors to allow guests to see action onstage when in the lobby or backstage, a stage cyclorama, and other related equipment to enhance the audience experience. 

Furthermore, we will bring the new technology with us to our new facility! Groundbreaking is planned for Summer 2016. Click here to learn more about our capital campaign.

 

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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. 

 

 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Hits the Lakeshore Stage December 3rd!

(Pictured L to R: Erin Granger, Taylor Evans, David Berger, Katie Erickson. Photo by Vanessa Brooke Agnes)

(Pictured L to R: Erin Granger, Taylor Evans, David Berger, Katie Erickson. Photo by Vanessa Brooke Agnes)

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Hits the Lakeshore Stage December 3rd!

After completing the monster musical Young Frankenstein, Lakeshore Players Theatre continues its 63rd season with ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas just in time for the holidays.

“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse is stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say ‘Merry Christmas!’ we’re off on a wild adventure with a mouse, an elf, a spunky little girl, and Santa Claus himself. With daring sword fights and perilous airplane flights, this fun family-show dishes up heaps of holiday cheer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season from three-time Tony nominee and Olivier Award winning playwright Ken Ludwig.

Ken Ludwig says of his experience writing a show specifically for children, “This is my first play for children and I’ve enjoyed the chance to do something completely different. It’s enormously important to write plays that children can attend. Theatre opens our imaginations in a way that nothing else does and we want our children to experience the sense of humanity that theatre embodies.”

Director, and Lakeshore Players veteran, Hannah Steblay reminds us that, “it is sweet and high-energy, which appeals to children, but ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas cleverly entertains adults at the same time.”

Executive Director Joan Elwell adds, “In my twelve years at Lakeshore, education and family-friendly programming has expanded. This play clearly shows we are committed to bringing the best to families.”

Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski says, “Spreading joy and good will makes Christmas my favorite holiday. And that is exactly what this show does.”

When you go:
-Performances are December 3-13, 2015 at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake.

-Tickets are $13-$16 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats at no additional charge, go to LakeshorePlayers.org or call 651-429-5674.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Special Events:

-Thursday, December 3: $8 preview performance.

-Friday, December 4: Opening night post-show reception catered by Ingredients Cafe included in the ticket price.

-Saturday, December 5 (4:30 pm performance): Limited pay-what-you-can rush tickets at the door starting at 3:30 p.m.

-Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance on Sunday, December 6.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Cast List

Emily: Erin Granger (St. Louis Park)

Amos/Amos of Kansas: Taylor Evans (Minneapolis)

Calliope: Katie Erickson (West Saint Paul)

Sir Guy/Brierly: Stuart Goetz-Smith (Stillwater)

Mulch/Brittania: Rachel Ratkowski (Maplewood)

Santa Claus/Wendell: Dave Berger (Minnetonka)

For more information:
Ben Ratkowski, Artistic Director
ben@lakeshoreplayers.org
651-426-3275

Calling All Volunteers: Join the Cultivation Sub-Committee

Make Our Dream A Reality!

In 2014, we launched the Light The Stage! Capital Campaign to raise funds to build a new performing arts center. We are thrilled to have reached 50% of our goal of $6.2 million in just over one year.

A capital campaign is an intensive fundraising effort designed to raise a specified sum of money within a defined time period for a building project. We seek people interested in volunteering on our Campaign as members of the Cultivation Sub-Committee. In particular, we need people to assist with the following activities:

  • Solicit major gifts on the Cultivation Sub-Committee
  • Open doors to prospects via phone calls, often during business hours, introductions, and scheduling meetings
  • Provide linkage with grant-making corporations and foundations
  • Be a positive spokesperson for the Campaign
  • Meet in-person, via conference call, and at the Capital Campaign Committee monthly meeting (third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.).

If you enjoy making connections, reaching out to people you know (or may not know), have easy access to the northeast metro area, and have a passion for the performing arts/community building, then we would love to talk with you!

Volunteers are a key link between Lakeshore Players and our prospective donor/business community.   As a Sub-Committee volunteer we ask you to:

  • Lend Your Name. Committee members agree to allow the organization to use their name in all public relations materials and in solicitation of prospects throughout the area.
  • Be a Spokesperson. Speak positively about the organization and the campaign, and be prepared to answer basic questions. Rely on Lakeshore staff and key personnel for detailed information.
  • Open Doors. Review the prospect list and indicate those with whom they can arrange a meeting. Also suggest new prospects.
  • Make a Gift up to your financial ability. We seek 100% participation by Committee members.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times as donor/prospect information is shared with committee members.

For more details, please contact Executive Director Joan Elwell at 651-429-2316, joan@lakeshoreplayers.org or Kathy Blegen-Huntley at 651-472-3585, kbhconsultants@gmail.com

Download this posting as a printable PDF: Cultivation Sub Committee Roles & Responsibilities