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 Murderously Good NEW Mystery Comedy Launches 63rd Season



Combine the charming wit of playwright Nöel Coward and the plotting of an Agatha Christie murder mystery with wild comedy and vivid characters and you have Death by Design produced by for the very first time in Minnesota by Lakeshore Players in White Bear Lake.

The play is the story of playwright Edward Bennett and his actress wife Sorel. They have gone to a country estate after a comically disastrous opening night of one of Edward’s plays. Throw in quirky servants of the house, a variety of unexpected guests and a murder and you have a night of fun at the theatre.

“I read the play and fell in love with it! During the first read-through I watched my fellow cast-mates burst out laughing over and over as they, too, fell in love with this wickedly funny show,” says actress Anne Spradley.

The “wickedly funny show,” as stated by Spradley, is how Lakeshore Players begins its 63rd consecutive year of theatre in White Bear Lake.  “I am thrilled. A play that has never been performed in Minnesota and a very clever murder mystery is a perfect way to start our season,” added Executive Director Joan Elwell who marks her twelfth year with the company.

“Lakeshore Players’ entire season has shows ranging from musicals to farce, but this murder mystery is truly special,” muses Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski.

When asked why she chose to do Death by Design at Lakeshore Players, actress Shawna Bradt said, “It is a great show and community theatre at its finest!”

When you go:

-Performances are Sept 10-27 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.com or call 651-429-5674.

Death by Design Special Events:

-The $12 preview performance is Thursday, September 10.

-An opening night reception is included in the ticket price on Friday, September 11. 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, September 12.

-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, September 13.

Death by Design 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
Bridget – Diane McIntosh (Mounds View)
Jack – Jake Rivet (St. Paul)
Edward Bennett – Nikolas Simmons (White Bear Lake)
Sorel Bennett – Anne Spradley (St. Paul)
Walter Pearce – Alan Davis (Lakeville)
Eric – Mikey Wadlund (St. Louis Park)
Victoria Van Roth – Kayla Hambek (St. Louis Park)
Alice – Shawna Bradt (Maplewood)



September 10, Thur (7:30 pm)
$12 Preview

September 11, Fri (7:30 pm)
Post-show reception

September 12, Sat (7:30 pm)
Pay-what-you-can rush tickets available at the door while supplies last

September 13, Sun (2:00 pm)
Post-show artist discussion

September 17, Thur (7:30 pm)

September 18, Fri (7:30 pm)

September 19, Sat (7:30 pm)

September 20, Sun (2:00 pm)

September 24, Thur (7:30 pm)

September 25, Fri (7:30 pm)

September 26, Sat (7:30 pm)

September 27, Sun (2:00 pm) ASL-Interpreted (with two week’s notice)

For More Information:

Ben Ratkowski, Artistic Director
(651) 426-3275

Audition for Young Frankenstein on August 17 or 18!

Young Frankenstein at Lakeshore Players Theatre

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  • Auditions: August 17 and 18 (6:00-9:30 p.m.) – Come either day, no appointment necessary
  • Callbacks: August 20 (6:00-9:30 p.m.)


  • White Bear Lake Area High School – North Campus Auditorium, 5045 Division Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Late August through October. Weekday evenings 7-10 pm with some weekends possible.

PERFORMANCES (all at Lakeshore Players Theatre)

  • October 22, Thur (7:30 pm)
  • October 23, Fri (7:30 pm)
  • October 24, Sat (7:30 pm)
  • October 25, Sun (2:00 pm)
  • October 29, Thur (7:30 pm)
  • October 30, Fri (7:30 pm)
  • October 31, Sat (7:30 pm)
  • November 1, Sun (2:00 pm)
  • November 5, Thur (7:30 pm)
  • November 6, Fri (7:30 pm)
  • November 7, Sat (7:30 pm)
  • November 8, Sun (2:00 pm)
  • November 12, Thur (7:30 pm)
  • November 13, Fri (7:30 pm)
  • November 14, Sat (7:30 pm)
  • November 15, Sun (2:00 pm)