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Open Door Community Theatre opened "Shrek The Musical," its first show on Friday, June 21. The Woodbury-based nonprofit produces theatrical shows through the work of volunteers. Money raised is donated to other community nonprofits. For example, ticket sales for "Shrek" will be donated to the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf.
Eight dance companies shared the stage during the opening night of 31st annual Minnesota Dance Festival. Though planned and hosted by Ballet Minnesota, the majority of the acts were contemporary — tutus and leotards replaced with athletic shorts and T-shirts. Taylor Huber, executive director of Ballet Minnesota and the festival, explained that this was the first time the show was held in Woodbury but Ballet Minnesota is no stranger to the city.
Seniors in high school to senior citizens elbowed their way into Angry Inch Brewing to ensure that they could see presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke when he entered the building for a meet-and-greet Wednesday, May 8. Those who arrived after the building was at capacity stood in the doorway and in a line outside, huddled under umbrellas and an awning to avoid the continuous rain.
Most schools say that they want their students to fly high and soar, though the majority do not take those phrases as literally as East Ridge High School. For the first time, East Ridge students will be flying in a school play. "Wendy and Peter Pan" is the Royal Shakespeare Company's modern retelling of the classic Peter Pan. Wendy is put at the center of the play that focuses on some of the darker themes that dwell just below the surface of the classic tale.
Woodbury Community Theatre's production of the musical, "Little Women," was very well done and entertaining. However, theater-goers should be prepared for a show that runs for about two and a half hours. Don't be too worried, there is a 15-minute intermission with snacks for sale.
"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" was published in 1996 and is still well-loved by children today. The book, written by Kevin Henkes, has been used in grade school classes to learn about character traits and Lilly can be found in coloring pages and Halloween costumes. The play, based on the book, was performed by the Woodbury Community Theatre on Feb. 15-17 and 22-24.
Molly Sutton Kiefer sat in Caribou, sipping a chai latte and embroidering. As she untangled knots in her light blue thread, she explained why she named her publishing company Tinderbox Editions: "I love the idea that a book of poems or a book of literary prose can ignite something inside of you." Tinderbox was launched in 2015 to publish the work of poets and prose writers. Within months of raising money to publish two books, Tinderbox became a nonprofit and was on its way to being recognized as an important part of Minnesota's literary community.
It's a yearly question: "Have you made a New Year's resolution?" According to a Pew Research study, 44 percent of Americans made a resolution in 2014. The most common resolutions were to: • I will spend less money/save more money, • I will be a better person • I will exercise more • I eat better • I will stop smoking
The internet is filled with urban legends, myths and horror stories that may be, but probably are not, real. One popular horror story is called the "Russian Sleep Experiment." The myth is about a 1940 Soviet Union study to see what would happen if people stayed awake for 30 days (it does not go well). Now, Minnesota-based director Barry Andersson has taken this story, built a set in Lakeville, and is turning it into a full-length film.
Minnesotans and Wisconsinites are often reminded of their Scandinavian heritage: cross-country skiers and skijorers rolling through town and down trails, stores with names like Uffda, a professional football team named the Vikings, and friends and family from out of state who giggle when people in Minnesota pronounce such words as "boat," "Fargo," "Minnesota" or anything else with the long "o" sound.