A Grassroots Celebration!


Join us this fall for a fun, free, and family-friendly event at the future Long Avenue home of Lakeshore Players! Come and experience the new site, enjoy music by The Barley Jacks and Brother Mule, play fun theatre games, and snack on some delicious treats.

We are approximately 72% of the way to the fundraising goal for our new community performing arts center and are thrilled to take the next steps in making this dream a reality. The current site has been demolished this summer and plans are underway for construction next year. We are hoping to open the 2018-19 season in the new building, so it’s an exciting time for our community!

The Grassroots Celebration will feature entertainment provided by the award-winning bluegrass band The Barley Jacks, Brother Mule and “Lady Bear” a giant polar bear puppet created by local artist Kimberly Ford. Enjoy delectable Grandma’s Bakery cupcakes and smooth & creamy Jonny Pops.

Fun theatre games will be provided by Lakeshore Players and guests are encouraged to come in costume for extra fun and prizes! You will also have the opportunity to purchase naming rights to a seat in the new theatre.

This fun and free event will take place on September 17 from 2-5pm at the new site: 4941 Long Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, next to White Bear Center for the Arts.

There is plenty of free street parking available or you can park a few blocks away at the White Bear Lake District Center (4855 Bloom Ave, White Bear Lake) or the White Bear Lake Area High School – North Campus (5045 Division Ave, White Bear Lake) and take a free shuttle to the site! Disability parking is available next door at White Bear Center for the Arts.

Questions? Call our Capital Campaign office at 651-429-2316.

Special thanks to Silas & Vicki Ford, White Bear Press, and Explore White Bear.

A Look into the Lives of Two Fabulous Capital Campaign Supporters

Ginny Leutgeb’s Original Play Wins Lakeshore’s Annual Contest!


Ginny Leutgeb (right) in Everybody Loves Opal, 2013

Last fall, 292 novice and published writers from around the world entered Lakeshore’s 12th annual ten-minute play writing contest. Our dedicated play reading committee reviewed each submission and selected the ten best original plays from the contest for their world premieres on the Lakeshore stage.

The playwright’s identities are not revealed until the very end, and we were all thrilled to discover that longtime Lakeshore artist and Capital Campaign Committee Member, Ginny Leutgeb’s play “Whodunit 101” was among the winners! Come see Ginny’s play, and the other nine winners at the 12th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival, held two weekends only, June 2-12.

Why join us? To quote a line from one of our first Festival plays, because “It’s FUN!”


Dr. Reid Smith’s Beautiful Certified Wildlife Garden Featured in Star Tribune


Dr. Reid Smith in his home gardens in Dellwood

Birds of many species feel right at home nesting in the wetlands and woodlands of Lakeshore friend Reid Smith and LaWayne Leno. They have transformed their Dellwood yard into a wildlife sanctuary—a paradise of blooms and habitat — and one of the Star Tribune’s Beautiful Gardens winners. You can read all about it in a recent article here.

We plan to hold a donor cultivation event in their beautiful home this summer and look forward to enjoying the garden first hand. More details to come!

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