My Fair Lady and other great summer shows

I want to thank The Guthrie Theater, and other venues, for continuing to invite me to their productions. Lauren, PR at The Guthrie, says, “We love our online media.” We love you, too! I love promoting the arts online and off. This summer is packed full of wonderful opportunities to attend live performances.

At The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, My Fair Lady, June 28-August 31, 2014. Director Joe Dowling and his creative cast and crew put on a stunning performance of this classic musical. You can’t take your eyes off the fantastical costumes and set. Seeing those extravagant hats in the racing scene is worth the drive down! Visit my website Play off the Page/My Fair Lady for the review. I loved it so much I might even go again! Also playing at The Guthrie this summer is Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy inspired by Chekov plays and theatrical fun. I’ve been invited to view and review this one at the end of July. It runs July 19-August 31, 2014.

At the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, MN, is The Heiress, June 20-August 10, 2014, a bit more of a drama with some great humor lines as well. This play gets you thinking about relationships and how we’re shaped by them, especially the father-daughter relationship. I would see this one again if I had the chance because there is so much to it that makes you think, and I’m sure I would learn more every time I saw it. Visit my website Play off the Page/The Heiress for the review. Also, visit the Jungle Theater sometime, it is a lovely little theater. My playwright friend called it “The best dressed theater” she’s ever seen!

The cast of Blithe Spirit, played by Nicholas Kory (around the table from left), Kryston Wisely, Bri Keran, Barb McColgan, Kevin Yaeger and Brianna Engels, surround a table while holding a séance as they inadvertantly summon the titular spirit played by Nicole Rothleutner. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

In the Brainerd lakes area, Blythe Spirit, is playing at Central Lakes College theatre, July 10-12 and July 17-19, all shows start at 7:30 at the Chalberg Theatre. I’m invited to view and review this show on opening night. Visit my website, Play off the Page, for the review.

Beth Selinger opened a new theatre in Randall, MN, called Cream of the Crop Theater. Her debut performance is On Golden Pond. I’m driving over there to chat with her this afternoon, snap a couple pics, and get back to you on all the goings-on over there. I’m very excited for this performance, an excellent choice for summer theatre in the lakes area. Performance dates, July 17-20, check their facebook page or website for showtimes and tickets. I expect this one to sell out!

Up in Pequot Lakes, MN, the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA) is performing Mom’s Gift, July 10-13 and 15-17, visit their facebook page for photos.

If you know of other great performances, let me know! (Mary@playoffthepage.com) This fall, we have even more great opportunities to participate in the performing arts. I’ll be offering another workshop for elementary kids. Gary Hirsch is offering something for middle school kids at Forestview Middle School, and the newest theater to our area, Stage North, will debut with A Christmas Carol in December, auditions in October, and I’ll be helping with the youngsters.

Go. Create. Inspire!

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Mary Aalgaard is a freelance writer and blogger. Her words stretch across the globe through her blogs on www.playoffthepage.com, which include Play off the Page, inspiration and entertainment reviews; Ride off the Page, a travelog about riding adventures on a Harley-Davidson with The Biker Chef; and Dine off the Page, for chef’s tips, recipes, and restaurant reviews. Mary is also a playwright. Her original drama Coffee Shop Confessions was performed in coffee shops around the Brainerd, MN area in 2012. She works with both children and adults to create original dramas, and is offering theatre classes for kids where they write their own plays and create the set. Contact her at Mary@playoffthepage.com. Go. Create. Inspire!

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