(Alexandria, MN) During a presentation on the main stage at the State Theatre, Nicole Mulder announced a new partnership. Mulder is the executive director of Theatre L'Homme Dieu (TLHD), a role she has held for the past two years. The new collaboration will be between TLHD and the Hennepin Theatre Trust (HTT). As part of the arrangement the theatre, based out of Alexandria, will now be a satellite center for HTT's Spotlight Education Program, bringing professional education and master Classes to the Spotlight students in greater Minnesota.
Nicole talked with KXRA radio about the partnership. (AUDIO BELOW)
The 2019 Theatre L'Homme Dieu season begins on June 25th with Bright Star, followed by shows on June 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 pm, June 27 and 30 at 1:30 pm.
Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920's and ‘40s. Literary editor Alice Murphy enters a relationship with a young soldier just home from World War II that awakens her longing for the child she once lost, and she sets out on a journey to understand her past that has the power to transform both of their lives.
Music, Lyrics, and story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Grey Skies Blue is performed on July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 pm
Produced and performed by Shapeshift Theatrical, a fusion of Hip-Hop/Contemporary Dance with Theatre (Drama)
The show reveals personal truths through the power of dance.
Ten accomplished dancers tell these powerful stories of a summer of friendships using small combos and full ensemble and solo pieces, fused with popular and old school music and props. Exploring emotional themes of family, race, love, and betrayal, this diverse collective combines Hip Hop dance with the lyricism of contemporary movement.
‘Til Death: A Marriage Musical
A romantic comedy, featuring the theatrical and marital talents of two real-life-married couples. The show is sponsored by: Lind Family Funeral & Cremation Services. The show runs July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm, July 18 at 1:30 pm.
Ethan and Olivia are stuck in marital midlife crisis and in a tiny cabin with a honeymooning couple who are perfectly perfect for each other. Will their marriages last… the weekend? The hit musical that’s ridiculous, heart-wrenching, squirm-inducing and lovely… just like marriage.
Performed by Bucket Brigade
Book by Jeremiah Gamble
Music and Lyrics by Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble
Music Arrangement & Accompaniment by Michael Pearce Donley
Kevin Kling's "Surfin' Minnesota, Summer in the 60's"
The show is sponsored by: StoneBridge Wealth Management and runs July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 pm, July 25 at 1:30 pm.
Summer in Minnesota, the season when hot dish gives way to salads and "exposed flesh" goes back to being skin. As a kid in the 1960's the last day of school was when gym shoes magically turned into sneakers, school clothes became play clothes and teachers went back to...wherever teachers come from.
Songs like "King of the Road", "Hot Fun in the Summertime", "Hello Muddah" and "Dock of the Bay" dominated the AM transistor airwaves and a new baseball team, The Minnesota Twins, moved to town. There was bar-b-que, swimming lessons, family vacations, camping, riding bikes, carnivals. Then, as now, our state really knew how to do summer.
Please join Kevin Kling, Dan Chouinard and Prudence Johnson for an entertaining evening of stories and songs celebrating a kid's eye view of Minnesota in the 1960's.
Kevin Kling is from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he lives on purpose. "When you freeze paradise it lasts a little longer". He has performed his stories in libraries, school gymnasiums, The Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, the Guthrie and storytelling festivals around the US, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. His international tours include Australia, Europe and Thailand. He has been a commentator for National Public Radio's “All Things Considered”. Kevin works often with Interact Center, a company of performers with and without disabilities, exploring how, through our stories, we are connected.
- “Part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man.” -Krista Tippett, “On Being”, American Public Media
Dan Chouinard was born in 1961, to early to remember anything about JFK but in plenty of time to memorize every word of the "Mary Poppins" soundtrack LP. He grew up in Richfield and Lindstrom, learning music along with a houseful of brothers and sisters. He lives in St. Paul and works not only as a pianist and accordionist, but also as the creator and host of live shows for Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Historical Society and many others. When not performing he can be found bicycling interesting places with his tent and accordion.
Prudence Johnson is a true child of the sixties, emerging from the decade freshly graduated from high school and ready to join a hippie commune. However, her life took a different turn. She became a professional singer, recording more than a dozen albums, working in films such as "A River Runs Through It," and "A Prairie Home Companion," touring across the country and the world, and appearing on and off on Garrison Keillor's live weekly radio show. In recent years, her focus has been on creating multi-media works for concert and theater stages that blend performance with her interests in history and literature.
Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.
The Church Basement Ladies are next with “You Smell Barn.” The shows are sponsored by: Scandinavian Gift Shop and run Aug 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 @7:30 pm, Aug 8 @ 1:30 pm.
With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs, and spanking new original songs, YOU SMELL BARN celebrates rural life in the 1950’s. And, at the center of it all, are your favorite Church Basement Ladies. Whether you’ve seen several versions, or are new to the world of the basement, the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series is a musical treat for all.
From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and the Jello molds are put away, these steadfast, sturdy women head to their farms, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. In between picking eggs, milking cows, and dusting knickknacks, they congregate with some of the other lovable folks who inhabit this rural community: Earl, who delivers the mail up and down Rural Route One; Fergus, the hired man; and Tillie, who chronicles the action for the Fish County Weekly.
2019 CONCERT SERIES
SPONSORED BY: AAGARD
“I AM, HE SAID” - A CELEBRATION OF NEIL DIAMOND-STARRING MATT VEE
JULY 5, 2019 AT 7:30 PM, JULY 6, 2019 AT 7:30 PM SHOW ADDED!
A Celebration of the Music of Neil Diamond - Starring Matt Vee, nephew of 60's Pop-Star Bobby Vee - With songs like Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, America, Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show and Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond sold over 130 million records worldwide, and produced musical hits spanning five decades.
JEFF DAYTON: A SALUTE TO GLEN CAMPBELL
JULY 31, 2019 AT 7:30 PM
Jeff Dayton’s 15 years as bandleader and guitarist with Glen Campbell were filled with shows, adventures and stories as they traveled and recorded together. Glen remains one of America’s best-loved and most-respected country/pop artists of all time, and since his Alzheimer’s battle and recent passing, there’s been a demand for his music to still be heard. Jeff has been answering that call with Salute to Glen Campbell, on tour now.
The show has been playing to standing-ovation crowds in Philadelphia, New Mexico, Arizona, Waikiki, Minneapolis and San Diego, Oklahoma, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin with New York, the Caribbean.
AUGUST 14 & 15, 2019 AT 7:30 PM
Sponsored by: StoneBridge Wealth Management
Six Appeal is making a return to TLHD. They made their Lakes Area debut in 2018, performing at the TLHD 2018 Summer Soirée fundraising event.
Six Appeal is a world-class vocal ensemble that combines musical prowess and sharp comedic timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. The award-winning vocal band will take you on a journey that covers multiple decades and genres of music – performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes – completely a cappella.
Despite their cheeky group name, the antics of these six young gentlemen provide a good natured atmosphere for their electrifying performance. A Six Appeal show will split your sides, feed your musical sweet tooth, and leave you wondering how in the world they pulled it off with just their voices. Learn more about the guys.