Lakeshore Players Announces Collaboration with Children’s Performing Arts (Forest Lake)

Lakeshore Board President Mike Spellman (top left), Managing Director Rob Thomas (top right), Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski (bottom left), CPA President Kari Bullion (bottom right). Photo cred: White Bear Press


We are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between Lakeshore Players and Children’s Performing Arts (CPA), a theatre education and youth development organization based in Forest Lake. In our new performing art center, Lakeshore & CPA will continue to operate independently but have the opportunity to co-produce theatre for young audiences. Here are some highlights from the March 1 interview in the White Bear Press:

  • The draft architect’s drawing for the new Lakeshore Players’ performing art center includes rehearsal and operation space for the Children’s Performing Arts group.
  • A date for groundbreaking is yet to be determined. The Facilities Committee is working hard to begin site work this summer.
  • Lakeshore announced a leadership structure change in its executive-level positions.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks about this collaboration which will allow our two organizations to serve even more more youth and families.

Thank you for your support of the performing arts in our community!


Rob Thomas, Managing Director



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.



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.